Are We Ever Really Powerless + Lessons To Learn During This Difficult Time


Feeling powerless and out of control during this unprecedented time is definitely a common problem at the moment. However, I’m a glass half full person with a positive personality basically at all times so I am hoping to help you take that powerless feeling and find the silver lining.

If you look hard enough, there will be a lesson learned during this difficult time and definitely an opportunity to find strength AND control, even if you think otherwise.

Six years ago, I wrote the below in this original post about feeling powerless and not in control. You will see that I tie things together by making connections to running and eating but there’s a bigger meaning buried in there.


Are we ever really powerless?

We encounter so many different situations in our lives where things seem so completely out of our control…but…. are we ever really powerless?

Take the icy run I had this morning for example: While the weather was interfering with what I wanted to do, I wasn’t powerless.

I did have the option to wait an extra hour for the ground to warm up or, at the very least, run on the treadmill. But I am stubborn, a creature of habit, and really didn’t want to be cooped up inside.

Can you see what I am getting at? We have the power to make our own choices in how we react to a situation that seems completely out of our control. We have more control than we think.

Now, let’s take the insatiable appetite that woke me up early Saturday morning (2:30 am) to the point where if I didn’t get out of bed and eat something, I was going to be sick.

While it may seem I was being overpowered by my raging runner appetite, I was in complete control of what I chose to put in my mouth. Oatmeal and a piece of a banana always do the trick.

We always have choices.

We cannot control the weather, other people, or various situations that occur in our everyday personal and professional lives, but we can control our reactions and how we handle ourselves.

Sometimes we feel stuck as if we are powerless. And sometimes, for a brief moment, this may very well be true. But, if you stop to think about it, you have the power to get unstuck. You have the power to make decisions about how you will handle your emotions in a way that helps you to feel more in control.


So applying the above to what we are going through right now, it’s very possible you can’t run where you normally run or maybe you can’t run at all. Maybe your entire workout routine has been uprooted. You still have workout choices. You are in control if you choose to realize you can be in control. Technology is an incredible thing, especially right now. The abundance of virtual workout options is there for you to choose from at any time of the day from the comfort of your home. So maybe you can’t run, but you can select a cardio workout or even a strength workout and learn to love it. You can still exercise, it just maybe a little different from usual right now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. You might come out of this to learn you like to run less, you love a new workout, or even realize you needed a break from running.

You also have choices with what you eat. No need to be that person who succumbs to a less than stellar diet 24/7 simply because of what we are currently living through, even with the food shopping limitations. If tips are needed here, please let me know. 🙂

social distancing

In this excerpt below from my life lessons after divorce post, I definitely see a correlation in what I wrote as being applicable to the experience of living through today’s pandemic. You see, sometimes it takes going through something really challenging to grow from the situation and apply it later on when something else occurs. Life is never perfect, there will always be challenges. It’s realizing this and then learning how to use your experiences and find the positive outcomes from the negative to gain strength to then help you master the difficult times in a more positive way.


Strength Comes From Experience.

They say what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger and I am living proof of this. I know very well that I am a much stronger person after going through the years of my divorce and it’s a strength I keep in mind whenever anything else challenging comes my way.

While of course, I wish I didn’t go through what I did, I can sit here today and say that my divorce experience has made me a much stronger and wiser person.

Wisdom Is A Beautiful Thing.

I learned a whole lot going through a divorce and it’s a pearl of wisdom I am now extremely proud of and can’t imagine living without.

I always say that I could eat some people alive just based upon my life in my 20’s and early 30’s. I did a lot of living early on which got so dramatic with a four-year divorce process to cap it all off. The financial and emotional details of it all are more life experiences than some will ever encounter.

However, what I learned and continue to learn from what I went through now only enhances my life in a positive way. I am able to help my friends (and readers!) who are going through various types of situations and my knowledge on so many random and convoluted subjects can only be attributed to dealing with my divorce.

Good Things Can Come From Bad.

When I was married, I was a stay at home mom. A total housewife.

I never intended on working ever again and probably wouldn’t have needed to had we stayed married, which means the career I have built for myself would never have come to be.

Ten years ago, if you told me I was going to become a writer who not only has a blog with people who want to read what I have to say but also get paid for writing it, I never would have believed you.

And a career in the event industry? Director of Marketing? ME? A career that came about because I started writing this blog which gave me a resume filled with my writing which ultimately brought me to Allseated?

None of this would have had happened if I was still married. At least I don’t think so.


I mean it when I say there is strength and wisdom to be gained from this difficult time. You can find some sense of control when you realize it’s okay to live in a stage of uncertainty. And I bet, you will likely find yourself come out on the other side of this completely changed for the better. Maybe with new career options and appreciation for foods and activities you didn’t care for in the past, and maybe a new appreciation for spending time alone without a packed schedule. Of course, right now is a struggle but this struggle offers life lessons specific to each of us which will only help us moving forward, I promise.



Random Thoughts/Thinking Out Loud!

Amanda hasn’t been doing her Thinking Out Loud posts but I felt like sharing one today anyway!

thinking out loud

Suddenly I am being asked to moderate the comments on my blog posts rather than have them automatically appear per usual. I’m not really sure why this is happening as the settings do not show that I have chosen to moderate my comments. I’m trying to pretend the issue will resolve itself because I cannot be bothered with these technicalities. So, if you notice your comment being moderated, I am not doing it on purpose.

School in New York does not begin until after Labor Day. I was doing okay with this since my son is fairly self-sufficient (in terms of mostly leaving me alone and being old enough to be left alone but he makes a huge mess and leaves his laundry everywhere) until he started yesterday with the playing hockey in the house right in front of me while I was trying to work. I’ve had just about enough of him and I have no problem telling you this because I told him the same thing. He’s lucky his face is so cute though.

I think right now the funniest part about my son is how alike his personality and mannerisms are to his father. It’s like I’m talking to his dad but I’m not talking to his dad because I’m talking to my kid but geez, how did this happen when we are divorced and they aren’t together all the time?! It seriously runs in the blood. Divorce is a funny thing when you have kids because seeing your ex-husband’s personality traits in your child could make or break you. Thankfully, I am amused by it. I can smile and say you are SO YOUR FATHER and mean it in a genuinely nice way.

Learn more from my positive attitude after divorce in my No-Nonsense Guide To Divorce & Co-Parenting Ebook here!

I am realizing that my Lululemon Run Swiftly tops have seen their last days. I definitely need new short sleeve tops AND the long sleeve version too. In fact, I probably need an entire new fall running wardrobe. Surprisingly enough, I don’t love to spend money on my running apparel! Aside from my running shoes because those are a no choice expenditure, I do try to make use of my running clothes for as many seasons as possible because my running clothes, as important as they are, are not as important to me as my regular apparel.

Speaking of apparel, I’ve been trying to keep the side bar of the blog updated with my latest fashion favorites. I’ve got all of my favorites in the top menu bar broken down by accessories, apparel, running, shoes, makeup etc, but the side bar has look books which I can update to feature with specific items.

fashion faves


I was in the city last night and failed to take any pictures because that seems to be how I operate these days.

It’s not great for my life as a blogger but it’s nice for life otherwise because you live without stopping to think about taking a picture to document every single thing you do. I was never that type of blogger anyway but especially now, I’ve moved away even more from thinking about taking pictures for the blog to report back on what I’ve done and where I’ve been.

This quote is not exactly a totally true statement for me since I do share so much but I think it’s an important one for people to keep in mind in today’s world of over sharing.


Anyone notice their comments being moderated on my blog? I can’t control it!

How do you feel about oversharing on social media?

Who else needs new running clothes for fall?


Catching Up + Recent Eats + Beach Day


Who else is super confused as to what day it is today?! Yesterday at the beach felt like a Saturday although with my son away, every day lately feels sort of like a Friday since I am free to come and go as I please!

You know I like to take advantage of my kid-free time so I have been making the most of it when I’m not working. Aside from cleaning closets and drawers little by little, I’ve been out and about as much as possible.

Monday night I was at Salt & Barrel.  What a great spot! I don’t normally frequent this area but the restaurant is located right along the route for the Great South Bay Half Marathon which I last ran in 2015. Gosh time flies!

tuna tartare

Yum. This frosé tasted like a dessert!


Back to my favorite salad at The Cheesecake Factory. It was nice to take a break for a bit to have the Vegan Cobb Salad instead of my usual but it was time to return to my all-time go-to BBQ Ranch Salad.

bbq ranch salad

We’ve been having a heat wave here in New York which means I order iced coffee. I’ve got an almost daily Dunkin Donuts habit going on right now which isn’t the best for my wallet but whatever, I’m in a phase.

iced coffee

Beach day yesterday!


I realized while walking on the boardwalk in Long Beach that I haven’t even given thought to running the boardwalk this summer. Remember last year on July 4th when I was running the boardwalk and found myself mixed inside a 5K race? That was funny. I would be really surprised if I decided to drive to Long Beach to run this summer. It could happen if someone else asks me to tag along but the motivation that I used to have to go on my own is not there.

Long Beach boardwalk

^ That white building is the Allegria Hotel where I had my awesome birthday brunch a month ago!

I’ve got a lot of beach totes which I’m rotating this summer! Yesterday was my first time using this particular Henri Bendel tote and I really liked it! I can’t find the exact link but this striped canvas large tote looks perfect for the summer – it’s even bigger than mine and has the shoulder straps with the ever-important water-resistant lining.  

Henri Bendel beach tote

Also! Definitely get the trio set of toiletry bags if you haven’t yet. Either this set or this set are so perfect for makeup, the gym, travel, or the beach! I always have one of the bags from the set in my beach bag to hold my sunblock and whatever else. And what’s really nice is how durable they are and water-resistant!

I love days in Long Beach because we can easily walk into town for lunch. Per the usual, we went to Gino’s for pizza and salad.


salad and pizza

In other random news, I ordered a new crochet lace dress cover-up from the Gap on a whim. I have no idea how it will fit but even after discussing cover-ups recently in my  swimsuit shopping mindset post, I still don’t have the right mix of cover-ups in my wardrobe. I like that the Gap offers petites so I am hoping it fits well and that I love it when it arrives!

Hope everyone had a really nice 4th of July!

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How was your holiday? What did you do?

Do you like iced coffee this time of year? How do you order it and where do you like to get it?

Have you ever had frosé?

A Few Things On My Mind!

thinking out loud

1 – My son leaves for his teen tour next week!! Packing him up for his teen tour isn’t quite as complicated as packing for sleep away camp but it’s still a packing challenge, even if I’m not hoarding 20 pairs of everything! There’s a large inventory going on over here and I’m not even sure if we have everything yet!

In some ways it’s great to have a boy because he could care less what and how I pack for him but in some ways, it would be nice if he showed some interest in his things so that I would have some assistance. Although a girl would be much more difficult, and even more expensive with what she would want to bring, so I’ll stop complaining right now. And hey, at least his toiletries don’t include tampons, hair dryers, and makeup. Boys have it so easy and they don’t even realize it.

2 – I have this long list of things I want to do around the house while my son is away but something tells me I won’t get to any of it. In my head I’m calling to have the carpets cleaned, cleaning out the pantry, the fridge (and the freezer!), his room, and every closet and drawer in the house. If I get the carpets cleaned and do just one closet, or just the kitchen, I will be satisfied. Actually, I should simply focus on his room. The kid seems to live inside the center of a tornado disaster area. I do not know where he gets this personality trait from? I am super neat, and his dad was even neater than me. So why does my son’s room always look like a bomb went off? The only neat thing in his room is his bed, because I make it. Just picture a nice, happy bed surrounded by chaos.

3 – Please know that I thought of you all when I stopped for pizza last night. This is the whole wheat margarita slice from Mario’s. I think I’m in love. Why cook when you can have pizza?

whole wheat margarita pizza

4 – I do not have the time that I used to have to read blogs but when I do catch a few, Who What Wear is always on my list. Loved this post from the other day about Kendall Jenner Making This 90’s Hobo Bag Popular Again. I’m all about investing in classic bags. I have the bags in this article and have been using all of my ever-classic investment handbags throughout the last 20 years! While some people shy away from spending top dollar on a bag, I beg to argue that it’s always worth the investment. Once you own a classic bag, you have it for life!

Flashback: Remember a little while ago when Heather was in the gym with Kendall and the Kardashians in Cleveland?!

5 – It’s raining this morning which is fine because I’m not even planning to run. I had my hair blown out on Tuesday and I would like to preserve it so Pure Barre two mornings in a row will do the trick. I’m finally understanding why the old ladies go to the beauty parlor every week to have their hair done. As I approach my own old lady status, it’s much nicer (and makes me so much happier) to have my hair blown out for me, rather than do it myself. If you don’t understand or still don’t want to spend the money when you can do your own hair, my guess is that you are younger than me. Once you hit my age, trust me when I say that the appeal and necessity of having someone else blow out your hair becomes a critical, routine expense.

On This Day: 

Just one for today from June 21, 2017: Lots of Salads + Last Night’s Celebration Dinner < – crazy to think it’s been a year since my son graduated middle school! Time flies. 🙂

Are you running today?

What did you have for dinner last night?

If you have kids, what are they doing this summer?



Random Thoughts For This Thursday! (TOL)

thinking out loud

I’m still all up in the Royal Wedding details even though it happened last weekend. I’m busy with the pictures and articles, while also doing my British research because I sit curious on things. Like the whole Princess Diana / Camilla thing. We all know the story (or think we know the story) so I needed to google to get more of the story. I’ve needed to update myself on Camilla’s side and history (I still do not like her – does anyone? I don’t think so) as well as remind myself of the specifics from Princess Diana’s point of view.

Did you know that Princess Diana refused to wear anything Chanel because of the CC thing?

CC = Charles & Camilla.

I never knew about this and totally get it to the point where I felt wrong wearing my own Chanel shoes the other day until I realized the double C’s were her issue, not mine.

And a hat. Or fascinator. I need to know which would be my look should I ever get invited to a Royal Wedding, Royal function or Royal whatever. I have yet to see a hat or fascinator that appeals to me but there just HAS TO BE one for my head. For this reason, Heather and I plan to shop for our Royal hat styles when she’s here in New York visiting this summer. You know, just in case.

Oh wait, this text from my son! As soon as I saw it, I made sure to screenshot it for you to see. Remember last week when he attacked me for buying Barbara’s Organic Cookies? Well, look who requested them when I was out food shopping.


While Trader Joe’s sells Barbara’s Organic cereals, they don’t carry the organic cookies. Whole Foods does though so I will be heading back there either today or tomorrow. Are you an Amazon Prime person? Did you know that your Amazon Prime membership now gives you discounts at Whole Foods?! I think I may start shopping at Whole Foods on a weekly basis.

Speaking of weekly basis, I am HORRIBLE with taking in my mail. I’m working on getting better at it but my true hatred for the mailbox never seems to fade away.

It stems from my divorce and all of the times I received unexpected and unwanted mail from my attorney and other things during the process that I really didn’t want to see or deal with. I was speaking with someone currently going through a divorce process (I now offer this service – check it out if you are interested) and she informed me that the courts/lawyers send multiple emails rather than actual mail these days. With red exclamation points to alert the importance. I NEARLY DIED from this information. Who the heck wants to receive notifications like that?! That would be the end of email for me. The only good thing here is that at least you can shut down your email address or pretend you didn’t get it (I‘m sorry your honor, I didn’t receive your email and I don’t know why, maybe the email never went through), you can’t shut down receiving U.S. mail. Believe me, I’ve tried.

On This Day:

5/24/17: Salad Combinations & New Favorite Bagel   – Ohh the maple raisin multigrain bagel! I love that bagel and haven’t had it in way too long!

maple raisin multigrain bagel

5/24/16: 8 Mile Workout I used to come up with some really fun running workouts! I need to get creative again for us.

5/24/15: Memorial Day Weekend/Workout Recap- Red Mango!

5/24/13: Sounds & Smells Half a decade ago!

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Are you an Amazon Prime person? Are you going to take advantage of shopping at Whole Foods with the discount? Have you already? Did you save a lot of money?



Double WTF Situation (TOL)


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Dreary weather combined with PMS is not a good combination. At least not if you are me. I have zero patience and a short window for friendliness on a good day, you give me clouds and a week of PMS mood plus bloating, it’s best you steer clear. Or at the very least, do not call me.

If my phone rings, it’s a double WTF situation right now. Seriously. First it’s WHO the F#$% is calling me and WHAT the F#$% do they want from my life.

And then there’s my son. He’s okay and all but lately all I do is drive him everywhere and then take him somewhere else from there. And what’s with the traffic no matter the time of day or my location? Doesn’t anyone work 9 to 5 in an office anymore? I don’t, but someone must? I swear it feels like everyone is on the road instead of in an office.

Actually, let’s back up a minute to my son. He likes to piss me off whenever he can. I bought him this little bag of Barbara’s Snackimals the other afternoon, thinking what a nice little bag of cookies to surprise him with when he got home from school.

I should have known better.

First, I shouldn’t have announced that I bought him a bag of cookies. I should have let him discover the bag in the kitchen on his own.

Telling him that I bought him a bag of cookies which I thought he would like opened up a serious can of worms for him to attack me.


It went something like this:

Me: Oh, I bought you a cute little bag of cookies today!

Him: (first smiles an evil smile) Let’s see these cookies. I’m sure they are something organic.

Me: Whatever, at least I thought of you.

Him when seeing the cookies: Most mothers when they announce to their children that they bought them cookies mean Oreo’s. These are Barbara’s Organic Snackimals.

Me: You used to like them and just because they are organic does not mean they aren’t good! And they are chocolate chip! Fine. Don’t eat them.

Him: Makes faces and more remarks at me while eating the whole bag.

Trust me when I say he is no different now than when he was little. At three years old, I surprised him with a Candy Land coloring book when picking him up from preschool. He looked at the coloring book and looked at me and simply said, “This? This is what you call a surprise?”

He’s out to get me. Always has been.

On This Day:

5/17/17: Is It Friday Yet? (WIAW)  I’m over here waiting for Friday now too!

5/17/16: Girl Talk: Body Image Chat- Good post! 

5/17/15: Running/Workout Recap- I’m tired just reading my workout recap from 3 years ago. I guess back then I wanted to run 40+ miles a week?

5/17/13: Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet Recap!They really need to bring this event back! It was so much fun!!

Who else has the dreary, rainy weather for days in their area? Does it affect your mood?

Anyone else hate when their phone rings?

10K Training Desire + My Favorite Camisole


thinking out loud

Sunday’s race left me with an inspired feeling for wanting to train specifically for a 10K race. I’ve been talking to Laura about it all week because I find the 10k distance so interesting.

For starters, the 10K race distance is not a super popular race offering and I beg to wonder why! In my opinion, a 10K is a great race distance to run. It’s longer than the 5K so you don’t have to run ALL OUT and feel like you want to VOMIT. For me, signing up for a 10K race also feels worth the effort of registration and getting myself to the start line. When I think about a 5K, signing up to drive somewhere to run for a little over 20 minutes really isn’t what I want to do.

For 6.2 miles though, I feel like it’s a great workout and worth the schlep to the start line. Anyone else feel this way?

The 10K race distance is also NOT the half marathon distance, which requires a lot more energy and time. 6.2 miles are killer for sure but in such a different way than 13.1 miles. And, recovery is much quicker too.

I’ve never trained specifically for a 10K and I’ve never really practiced my 10K pace often enough to naturally start to find it, and hold it. Over the last bunch of years, I started to develop a natural progression to my half marathon pace. As my running ability and endurance increased, my half marathon pace became clear and somewhat easy (relative term) to hold. But jumping to my 10K pace is definitely not as natural.

But I want to be able to speed up and hit my 10K pace, and hold it better than in the past. Laura tells me that my 10K pace range is 7:40 -7:45. While I do see that average pace on occasion and ran around that range in my previous 10K races (and my 10K PR might have been even faster, not sure how I did that!), I want to hit it and hold it comfortably for a race now. It’s on my list to work on through some running workouts, with two possible 10K race choices for the fall. More on that soon.

In other news, I shared this photo on social media the other day as my documentation of the face of a girl about to run her last race in the 35-39 age bracket.


A few thing about the above photo:

I wonder if I will look back at this picture when I am 49 to say OMG look how young I was at 39. Isn’t that always how it goes? Like if I saw a picture right now of myself at 29, when I thought I was old, I would laugh about I young I was. We usually don’t see ourselves the way we should in the moment.

Do you see the photo collage of my son hanging on the wall in the background? I’m one of those moms who likes to hang a lot of pictures of her baby. We have a few photo collage frames around the house, including one in my bedroom. I don’t like to plaster his face all over social media but I do like to plaster his bunny face all over my house.

That’s the Gap long cardigan I told you about a while back which I love but still can’t find the link to online! Ugh, it’s one of my favorites.

And that black Splendid camisole? I am OBSESSED WITH IT. I have the Splendid camisole in white too (see below) and keep trying to order it in pink and navy but I’m having a terrible time locating those colors! You need my favorite camisole in black and white though. Trust me. I think my favorite part of the camisole is that the straps are adjustable. I’m able to make them as small as I want which is a huge selling point for me as I’m pretty petite, especially in my shoulders. Bloomingdale’s is currently 25% off!!

splendid camisole

And just another reminder for local readers, I hope you can join me next Saturday May 19 for the Dior Beauty & Skincare 101 event! I know that a few of you are running the Brooklyn Half Marathon which means you can’t make it so my plan is to organize another event in the coming months.

However, if you are local and not running I want you to come next week! Please let me know in the comments or contact me directly. Thanks. 🙂

dior skincare beauty event

On This Day:

5/10/17: Crying Over A Salad & Nighttime Snack Rut

5/10/16: What’s Next?

5/10/15: Mother’s Day/Workout Recap

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Have you ever trained specifically for a 10K race? 

What’s the next race on your calendar? Do you like to run summer races or do you hold off now until fall?



My Swimsuit Shopping Mindset + Swimsuit Cover Ups For This Season


I’ve been in the market for new swimsuits this season and found the most perfect bikini over the weekend!

I’m really good about swimsuit shopping, even if it can take a while to locate the bikini tops and bottoms that are right for me.

The mindset I’ve always had when it comes to swimsuit shopping (no matter my size through the years) is worth sharing, just in case you don’t find enjoyment in the swimsuit shopping process.

I could make this a long drawn out post but my swimsuit shopping mindset is actually very simple. Rather than get too deep into self-esteem and body image here, I think I can break it down really easily for us.

When shopping for a swimsuit (or really, shopping in general), the one statement you need to repeat to yourself is:

I’m looking for the right cut and style for my body.

If it doesn’t fit me in a flattering way, then it’s not right for my personal figure.

It’s NOT the other way around. You don’t need to be the right fit for the clothing. It needs to be the right fit for you.

This simple statement and switch to your mindset can actually make a huge difference in how you approach swimsuit shopping.


I bought the middle bikini in the top row! I can’t find the exact link to the color but here’s the top and bottom. 🙂

No matter your size, you have a figure. We are all varying heights and structures which means we all need to find the styles, cuts, and brands that flatter our figures best. It’s not about what fits your best friend’s body, or the body of the person modeling the outfit you think you need, or the figure you think you should have or believe you will have in a few months but don’t have right now.

This mindset applies across the board when shopping although swimsuit shopping can sometimes require a little more time and attention until the right cut, color, style, brand, and fabric for your figure is found.

It’s not a bad thing when you try on a swimsuit that isn’t flattering your figure, it simply means that what you put on just isn’t right for you.

You aren’t the problem, the swimsuit is.

Make sense?

So while it’s really hard to share links for my favorite swimsuits (because they really are a personalized decision), I did find a whole bunch of cute swimsuit cover ups!

I’m all about swimsuit cover ups this year. As I’m cleaning through my drawers, I’m realizing I need to update my swimsuit  cover up look as I’m getting older. While I will always be the girl who throws on a Hello Kitty tank top with shorts over a bathing suit, the adult side of me could use some classier cover ups to wear sometimes to the beach and to the pool.

Full hand of swimsuit cover ups from last weekend’s shopping trip!


It’s worth noting that I tried to find swim suit cover ups this season at Target and Forever 21 but no such luck thus far. I will keep my eye out though!

Becca by Becca Virtue Modern Muse Tunic < – I bought the black but the white is on my mind too!

PilyQ Celeste Dress Swim Cover Up < – OKAY I AM IN LOVE with this cover up dress! I can’t decide between the white and black! I’ve tried it on in the white but am thinking about ordering the black?! Ugh, I don’t know!

Breezy Swim Cover Up Top –This cover up is PERFECT and at a great price point to order a few colors. I think I want the pink.

Echo Cold Shoulder Dress Cover Up < – Maybe the navy one?

Platinum Crochet Short Dress Cover Up < – I like a simple dress.

TopShop V-Neck Cover Up Cafta-<- I should have bought this one when I tried it on over the weekend. I really liked it. I’ll be back.

TopShop Jersey Wrap Cover Up Romper< – I don’t usually select rompers (they are often NOT the right fit to flatter my figure!) but sometimes I do try them on, just to see. This romper actually fit pretty cute but it’s still not the best option for me so I didn’t buy it. If you like a romper, I bet this one would be great – it’s also a great price and comfortable.

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Are you in the market for new swimsuits this year? Do you dread or enjoy the process?

What about swimsuit cover ups? Are you looking for new styles for this season? 

Do you usually go to the beach or the pool during the summer?

This Week’s Excitement: Kardashians In The Hotel Gym


I COULD NOT WAIT to tell this story.

As you know, last week I admitted to being busy searching hashtags on Khloe and Tristan because I needed to know what was going on with their situation. And then right after that, we (you like how I say we?) got the news that Khloe had the baby.

Well, my friend Heather was going on a business trip to Cleveland earlier this week at which point I told her that maybe she would run into the Kardashian family as they would be in town to see the baby.

I said this to her jokingly, not really thinking she would run into them.

Heather was in her hotel gym texting me about how it was snowing in Cleveland (she lives in Florida so she doesn’t normally see snow) and the next thing I knew, I was getting texts about Kris Jenner BEING NEXT TO HER ON THE TREADMILL.

I nearly lost it!


And then Kim and Kourtney walked into the hotel gym with the body guards.




So the body guards didn’t let anyone in the gym take pictures. I told Heather that she needed to pay attention to their workouts, especially since Kim’s new workout plan has been all over the news. At least it’s been all over the news I read anyway.

She said that all three Kardashians were on the treadmills (walking) and then went over to the weights. Kim’s trainer was not actually there. Heather thought one of the guards was a trainer but I informed her that Kim’s trainer is a woman so then she realized it was two body guards in the hotel gym, not a trainer and a bodyguard. I guess the trainer didn’t make it on this trip.

Kendall appeared at some point later on (not in the hotel gym) and then Heather was in the elevator with Kourtney and Kendall! She somehow got a picture of their luggage and that only happened probably because the bodyguard was not in the elevator. The girls got in the wrong elevator from what I understand, Kourtney was on phone looking for the body guard.


A picture of Kendall down the hallway.


And that was my excitement for the week. Other than that, I’ve just been working and waiting for this one darn avocado to ripen in my kitchen. It’s been a solid rock since Saturday.

On This Day:

Before getting to what I actually posted on this day, I feel like today is appropriate for sharing about that time I took my son out east to the Hamptons for the DASH Pop Up Shop!

4/19/17: Five Guys Veggie Sandwich & Other Recent Eats – Also known as one of my most popular search engine posts! I think it has to do with the Five Guys veggie sandwich.

4/19/16: The Benefits of Tune-Up Races – Great guest post from Laura about running races during your training cycle as a tune up for the actual race you are training for on your calendar.

4/19/15: Will I Run The Long Island Half & Workout Recap – I guess I hadn’t signed up too far in advance. I did run it but had a 24 hour virus a few days before and really didn’t feel great during the race. Next time I’m even the slightest bit sick before a race, I wouldn’t run it.

Have you seen anyone famous in a hotel gym? Who?

How often do you get an avocado that never ripens?



Hydration For Fatigue & What I’m Searching (TOL)


thinking out loud

Sometimes when I’m really tired in the morning and have trouble getting into my work zone, I drink even more water (decaf Yogi tea) than usual. Coffee in the morning can only do so much so instead, I keep refilling my mug with water for my tea, over and over until I feel better. I swear hydration really does work wonders for fatigue!

yogi tea

So right now I’m pretending that the NHL playoffs aren’t going on while switching my focus over to the Yankees. While the Yankees aren’t off to an amazing start, they did win last night (and beat up on the Red Sox too, literally). Maybe this is their turning point now. You see, the Yankees are the only bright spot in my sports fan life. They make up for the never-ending challenges I experience as an Islanders fan.

While not following much on the NHL front right now on Twitter and Instagram, instead I’ve been searching (okay wait – just don’t judge me here) hashtags related to Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloe Kardashian. How dumb can you be to know you are famous and proceed to cheat for the public to see and capture on their phones? Could it not be true? Is this information putting Khloe into labor? Is he trying to cover up what happened? Did he admit to it? Did she already know he had been up to side stuff? I have a lot of questions when I should be spending my time on more productive things like new shoes for summer.

Or better yet, I should be finishing up the process of making my divorce e-book downloadable and available for sale here on my site. All of the technical work required in the behind the scenes of running a blog and adding the features to make a book downloadable is SO NOT for me. I have no idea what I’m doing but I go through the motions, hoping that the system doesn’t realize that I am clueless.

Also, anyone else watching the new episodes of Roseanne? I really like this season when usually, I despise remakes and things like that. Roseanne was a favorite of mine when I was what, 12 or 13? I’ve been watching the show in syndication on a regular basis for years but the new episodes are pretty hysterical too without being dumb.

On This Day:

4/12/17: Rotating Breakfast, Passover & Macaroons

4/12/16: Running Realizations

4/12/15: Running Shoe Rotation & Workout Recap

Okay, who else is following what’s going on with Khloe? Am I the only one? Did I break the news to you? Do you know anything that I don’t?

Do you like Roseanne?

What do you when you are really tired and need to perk up for the work day?



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