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Coffee Talk Wednesday


It’s hard to believe a month and a half as gone by since our last Coffee Talk.  So much has happened which means there is a lot to catch you up on!  I hope you’ll catch me up on all that’s happened with you too!

Coffee Talk

You may have seen my Instagram post last night about our trip to Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton, MA to celebrate!  We recently bought a new SUV through a private sale.  It was quite a lengthy process so we were pretty excited when the title finally came on Saturday and Michael could register it yesterday!  We thought a little drive and ice cream would be a fun first outing! It’s hard to believe that Michael first drove the car at the end of April and was finally able to register it on the very last day of June.  The bigger car with a trailer hitch will be perfect for our active lifestyle.  We’re already looking forward to taking our bikes and skis out a bit more.

Remember last time I told you that we were painting our house?  Well, we are pretty much done with that project!  M still has to finish a few things up in our half-bath but beyond that we are done.  It’s amazing how much better and brighter the house looks!  We painted our pine trim a bright white and freshened up the walls with Crisp Linen paint and a pretty stone blue accent wall in the living room.  The name of that paint was Solitude.  I really think the name made me like it just a little bit more.  Shouldn’t your home be your place of solitude?  I think so!  We still have to paint the bedrooms but we are planning to wait until winter to do those.  It’s too nice to be stuck inside painting.  I still can’t over how much time and effort it takes to paint.  We worked our tails off every weekend for months to finish the project.  It certainly makes me appreciate the finished product much more!

The other major update in our life is that between getting our new car and painting our home, M and I were both looking for new jobs.  We were both interviewing simultaneously for new jobs at the end of May and early June and hopeful that it would all work out.  Then in mid-June we both got offers for new positions that we happily accepted!  It was kind of a crazy week in our lives.   M says, it’s either the best or worse thing we’ve ever done!  I’m really excited about my new job and really looking forward to focusing on marketing.  I’ve been wanting a marketing role for quite some time and am really happy to finally make the transition.  It’s the perfect blend between my science background, my non-profit experience, my customer service experience and my marketing work.  It’s actually kind of amazing that a role even existed where I could combine all of my skill sets!  The other big win is that my new job is in downtown Boston!  I’ve been commuting west of the city for about 4 years now and I’m really excited to be back in the hub bub with a much shorter commute.  It’s definitely bittersweet to be leaving my role at Team In Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I’ve gotten to know and work with some amazing people over the last few years and even more so I feel like I’ve really helped make an impact in the fight against blood cancers.  I most certainly plan to stay involved as a volunteer and who knows, maybe I’ll run with the TEAM again.



I think our engagement last fall and planning our wedding has really made M and stop and think about what we want in life and where we are going.  Two new jobs and a wedding is a lot for one year but I feel like we are on the right path and making choices that are for the benefit of us both.  In fact, I’d argue that so far 2014 has been one of the busiest years of my life with lots of change happening yet somehow I feel really calm and happy about it.  All that’s going on is, at times, a bit much but I find myself smiling for no reason just a little more often.  This year has really made me appreciate that life is really an adventure and you never know what will happen.  I’m learning to let go more and more each day and enjoy the ride.  And I’m incredibly  thankful that I have an amazing partner to enjoy the ride with me.

Speaking of said partner, can you believe that in 4 and half months or 137 days (not that anyone is counting!) he’ll be my husband and I’ll be a Mrs?!  My excitement is building by the day for our wedding and honeymoon.  We are entering such a fun stage of wedding planning where we are able to focus on the details of the day.  We’ve been spending lots and lots of time on Pinterest and Etsy getting ideas.  I’m so fortunate that M is an architect and my Dad owns a sign business.  They both are very handy designers who pretty much bring every idea I see to life.  There is nothing like going into our office and seeing the desk covered in sketches and ideas.  I love all the details we have planned and feel like it will all come together for our big day.  I know I haven’t shared many details about our wedding here on the blog but that’s by design.  I’m loving that M and I are sharing in this process together and I’m trying to just enjoy every second of it.  But don’t worry, I’ll be sharing the big day here and all of our details once we get back from our honeymoon!

Before I go, let’s talk about this little blog shall we?  I’ve been thinking a lot about the future and direction of LiveRunLoveYoga.  I know I’ve changed and grown so much since I started the blog and sometimes I feel like it’s not an accurate reflection of me presently.  I’d like to expand my content a bit to include more bits and pieces of my healthy life. I’d like to share recipes with you, and quick meals that we are loving.  I’d like to tell you about the latest book I’ve read or how we are enjoying our down time.  I think including those things will give you a more complete picture of my healthy life because after all living healthy isn’t only about eating properly and working out.   Healthy living includes managing stress, enjoying down time and much more.  I’m looking forward to sharing some new content and, more so, having new conversations with you all!  I’m also thinking of giving the blog a new look.  I figure I have a new job, I’ll soon have a new last name, we have a new car, and fresh paint so I mind as well freshen up the blog too!  I’m still debating on that one so we’ll see!

Tell me, what would you share with me over a cup of coffee? How are you freshening up your life?


Things I’m Loving Lately Summer Edition!


Every time the seasons change it seems that there is a whole new set of things I’m loving.   My food shifts a bit, my workouts shift, my clothes change and sometimes even my bath products change.  Obviously the weather has every thing to do with these changes and now that summer has arrived I’ve shifted yet again.  I thought I’d share a few things I’m loving on these long, hot and humid summer days!

New workout gear from Lucy. 

I’ve reviewed some of their stuff before and loved it so when they asked me if I was interested in testing some new products I jumped at the chance.  They sent me the Worth the Weights pants and tank.  I really liked both.  The pants are really light weight, just like the Breeze on By Crop they are perfect for a cool summer morning.  The Worth the Weights tank is ultra supportive and perfect for any type of exercise.  I’ve been wearing it on runs, to barre and for yoga.  The real thing I’m loving about Lucy though is their sports bras.  There was a mix up in one of my orders and I ended up shipping something back.  Last week a gift card for the value of the item arrived in the mail.  I headed to my local Lucy store and decided to get a few new sports bras.  They were having a big sale so I was able to get two of them with my card.  The bras are ultra comfortable and extremely supportive.  I feel like this is a rare combo, anyone with me here?  I got a more supportive one for runs and a fun yoga one with cool straps for yoga and barre.  In the summer I wear looser workout tops and have to wear a sports bra with them, in the winter I tend to opt for the style with built-in bras. So needless to say my new bras have been getting a lot of wear!  I love them!

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Lightweight tanks and tops for warm summer days. 

I’m a huge fan of tanks in the summer and much prefer them over t-shirts.  I recently replaced a few of my older summer tops with new ones from Ann Taylor Loft.  They had a great sale and I was able to score 5 new tops for $50.  A super good deal if you ask me.  The tops are really soft and comfortable.  I’m so happy with them!

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Smoothies for days. 

Warm weather makes me crave smoothies.  I’ve been drinking them regularly for months now but I couldn’t leave them off the list!  I love stocking up on local greens at farmers markets and the like for them.  There is nothing like fresh spinach, kale and lettuce in a smoothie! I like to add mango and pineapple in the summer for a refreshing twist.  I also recently started adding a little plain greek yogurt to them.  I love how thick it makes them.  The other bonus is that they also fill me up more!

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Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby Oil.

I bought a bottle of Johnson’s Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby oil awhile back.  I had read it’s more moisturizing than lotion so I wanted to give it a try.   It was the middle of a cold, dry winter and my skin did not love the switch.  Now that it’s warmed up a bit I decided to try again and I love it.  It feels lighter than lotion and I feel like the more I use it, the more moisture my skin has.

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Zoya Nail Polish in Summer Shades.

My mom turned me on to Zoya and I love love love it.  It’s free from nasty chemicals and much better for your nails.  I ordered a few new colors and love them.   I’ve been digging Blu and Whitney.  They are perfect for digging your toes in the sand!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

As you know, I’m a POPSUGAR Ambassador.  As part of the program they sent me their June Must Have Box to check out.  I’ve seen boxes like this all over and was curious as to what it was all about.   As soon as I knew it was arriving I was really excited and couldn’t wait to see what was in it.  It was really fun to try out some new products.  I’ve been loving the lotion that came with it and the wrap is super cute on cool summer nights!  Actually, I felt the box was everything you’d need for a day at the beach!  The boxes seemed like a really fun way to treat and surprise yourself each month!  I’m thinking I might sign up for this as soon as I become a Mrs.  Until then I’ll be putting my money towards the wedding.  For those of you who aren’t planning a wedding you should check it out and use code JUNESELECT10 to get $10 off a 3-month subscription.   The code is good through June 30, 2014.  And in case it wasn’t obvious, POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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What are you loving for summer?