Life Lately and a Starbucks Summer Giveaway

I haven’t checked in with a personal post in a while and I thought it was time. Life has been pretty hectic lately but I guess I’ve been saying that ever since we had a baby.

It seems that just as we started to get the hang of things, Austin turned into a toddler and the game changed.

He walks everywhere now and has zero fear of anything. Stairs? He wants to tackle them head first. Pavement? Let’s run as fast as we can. Basically our job as parents over the past few months has been to keep him alive and unharmed.

I feel guilty that I am constantly telling him no instead of letting him have fun, but we have to. (Actually he thinks it’s really funny when I say no and then for the sake of discipline I have to try my hardest to keep a straight face). Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Anyway, with my cook book deadline approaching, weekends haven’t been as relaxing as I would like them to be and that makes the whole work week seem longer.

Last weekend I got to get out of the house and meet up with Ericka for dinner and drinks. I really needed to unwind as much as possible. My drink had rose petals in it. I had two. That helped.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we went to the Outer Banks for the 4th. I got to go for my beloved vacation runs along Duck Road and on the beach.
I feel like I can run longer distances when I am on vacation. I love that. Especially because I am usually eating more food.



Austin liked the beach. This picture was on the first day.  Unfortunately our second night there he had a fever that spiked at 105.3. I was so scared, at one point it just kept getting higher and higher. We quickly jumped in the car and drove to the ER. We waited for our pediatrician on call to call us back before we went in.

We didn’t want to expose him to more sickness if she didn’t think it was necessary. She told us not to go in unless it got over 106. We blasted the AC in the car and luckily it started to drop.

He was not himself for most of the trip, but eventually got better. (Also, I forgot to mention a hurricane blew through the area) We stayed one extra day so we could try to unwind more.

You guys totally wanted to see a close up shot of my head right? I thought so. This is my “big hair don’t care” selfie. I’ve given up on blow drying this entire month. There is no point with the summa time humidity. 

I have always disliked my wavy hair but I think I have made peace with it. It took 32 years. 

On the weekends we stop for iced coffee before we head to the park or pool with Austin. It’s a nice treat to get through the late afternoon when we are starting to feel exhausted.

This is Nick’s caramel frappuccino. It’s delicious. I usually eat some of the whipped cream and caramel when he isn’t looking but stick with my unsweetened iced coffee with a splash of almond milk. Stupid lactose.

Starbucks recently sent me this pretty summer gift box! I’ve been using the Pike Place Roast in my Keurig to make iced coffee at home. I brew it and then pop it in the fridge the night before, then throw in some ice in the morning before I run out the door.

Starbucks wants to send you some summer gifts too (A box of Pike Place Roast and a Tumbler)! Here is how you enter to win:

1. Leave me a comment below letting me know what the best part of your summer has been so far and your contact information. (Leave me your Instagram name and I can notify you there if you don’t want to post your email)

2. For an extra entries, follow me on Facebook or Instagram (let me know in an additional comment).

Good luck! I will email the winner next Thursday.

40 Responses to “Life Lately and a Starbucks Summer Giveaway”

  1. Jayne Mortimer posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm (#)

    We took a day trip by accident to the seaside on one of our really hot days. I only had a few minutes to paddle but it was so much fun. Really lovely to spend time with my mum and dad by myself. That and getting to play so much hockey in the sunshine too. Lovely!
    jayne.mortimer09@gmail.com

  2. Kat posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm (#)

    We went to Bodega Bay over the 4th and got to put our feet in the ocean 🙂 It was too cold to swim, in my opinion, but the view was amazing. dazzlinggenius@gmail.com

  3. Kat posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm (#)

    Followed on Instagram 🙂 @dazzling_genius

  4. sandyhills x posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm (#)

    best time of summer was visiting parks – shaunie

  5. sandyhills x posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm (#)

    Followed on instagram as instagram.com/sandyhills25 (twitter.com/sandyhills25) – shaunie

  6. Michelle Grush posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm (#)

    Our 4th of July on the 5th BBQ & Pool Party with our best friends was amazing. Good food, drinks, jello shots & great company mdgrush@astound.net

  7. Julie posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm (#)

    A Memorial Day weekend stay in historic Port Washington, Wisconsin! twitter.com/julierubes

  8. thatcharminglife posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm (#)

    LOVE the hair waves! Best part of my summer has definitely been relaxing poolside. I just moved to the southwest and it is h-o-t. Instagram username is mlpull

  9. lovemyspy posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm (#)

    The best part of my summer is we got a new puppy!!!

  10. lovemyspy posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:50 pm (#)

    I’m following you on FB!

  11. meredith m posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:01 am (#)

    I went on an amazing vacation with my husband to alaska!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

  12. meredith m posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:03 am (#)

    I like you on facebook

  13. Yddy posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:29 am (#)

    I like your Facebook page. (I forgot my contact information in my post about my vacation to Minneapolis/St. Paul – it’s mindy.kinnaman at gmail.com)

  14. Yddy posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:29 am (#)

    I’m follow you on Instagram. I’m ydnimyd

  15. Elin Woods posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:48 am (#)

    Catching up with old friends before I go to grad school! (elinmariewoods at gmail dot com)

  16. suburban prep posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:50 am (#)

    The fact that my husband has been able to spend weekends with me and we have been able to help our families when needed. Hopefully we will be able to have even just a mini staycation but who knows.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  17. Allison @ Eating Food and Stuff posted on July 25, 2014 at 2:11 am (#)

    The best part of my summer has been my NEW JOB that doesn’t give me stress migraines! ambraund at gmail

  18. Chelsey Jones posted on July 25, 2014 at 4:15 am (#)

    The best part of summer was spending time at the beach house with my family! I followed you on instagram and my name on instagram is aprilflowers85

  19. EMSFS posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:04 am (#)

    Best part was going to the beach with my two kids, they loved it and ran around all day.
    Emsfs (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. EMSFS posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:08 am (#)

    I like you on Facebook
    Emsfs (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. Bianca posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm (#)

    the best part has been going up to visit my boyfriend in syracuse and exploring the finger lakes!

  22. Bianca posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm (#)

    followed you on instagram!

  23. Vunda Vall posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm (#)

    my favorite part of summer so far is my new job!! i really like it
    dtdady at gmail dot com

  24. Vera Khule posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:12 am (#)

    Best part of summer so far is playing tennis with my pals. vera khule at gmail dot com

  25. Angie Jerde posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:46 am (#)

    Following on Instagram!

  26. Angie Jerde posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:47 am (#)

    Already liked in FB!

  27. Angie Jerde posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:48 am (#)

    The best part so far is soaking up this amazing weather and sunshine at my friends cabin!

  28. Rynna posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#)

    Been the most amazing summer.. Beautiful weather, fabulous family and friends.

  29. Kara MacDougall posted on July 27, 2014 at 12:59 am (#)

    The best part of my summer has been buying and moving into my first home with my boyfriend 🙂 it has been a crazy, amazing and surreal experience. I already follow you on Instagram and will add you on Facebook soon. Kmacdoogz@gmail.com

  30. kellyr78 posted on July 27, 2014 at 2:07 am (#)

    The best part of my summer is when I took my kids to the beach and we looked for sea glass together.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  31. Carolyn Gonzalez posted on July 28, 2014 at 1:37 am (#)

    We moved to a new town and getting to know the town has been the best part of the summer

  32. latanya t posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm (#)

    We are in the process of buying a new house this summer

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  33. latanya t posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm (#)

    instagram follower as @sweetums82

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  34. Trisha posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:06 am (#)

    My instagram is mom4wine

  35. Trisha posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:08 am (#)

    The best part of my summer was watching my granddaughter take her first steps.
    tmpostlewait@gmail.com

  36. Trisha posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:09 am (#)

    Liked you on FB!

  37. Mayra Gonzalez posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm (#)

    The best part of my summer was our family Cancun vacation! Time to relax and not think of the “real world” back home =) My IG: Mayra407

  38. JACLYN posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (#)

    The best part of our summer so far has been hanging out with family we haven’t seen in years!
    firstrosegrrl@yahoo.com

  39. AlishaHB posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:59 am (#)

    We moved to a glorious new house that is closer to where I grew up and closer to most of my oldest friends.

  40. Dee posted on July 31, 2014 at 3:33 am (#)

    The best part about my summer was spending five days with my friend at her beach house.

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