8.17.2017

BUFF Pack Run Cap Review

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF Pack Run Cap to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


I recently had a chance to test out the BUFF® Pack Run Cap. I have to start out by saying that I LOVE this hat. First, it's ultralight (it weights 1oz!), highly compressible, and comfortable. While comfort is always my number one priority, it's also necessary for my running gear to travel well. When you travel with running gear you already have to find a way to fit an extra pair of shoes and running clothes, so having a hat that packs well makes everything easier.


Whenever I hear "compressible" about a clothing item, I immediately think it's synonymous with wrinkles. However, something about this hat's material prevents wrinkles.

The BUFF® Pack Run Cap also dries quickly which is another must for my hats. There's nothing worse than having to pack a still wet hat in your luggage, am I right?

I also have a confession.... I have a TINY head so it's often hard to find hats that fit me well. This running cap is completely adjustable and I was able to find the perfect fit for my head. THIS IS SERIOUSLY A MIRACLE.

Other perks include it's UPF protective material and reflective tabs. I am a huge fan of all BUFF's products and this was no exception!


You can learn more by checking out this great video:


8.03.2017

2017 Reading Challenge Update VI


I am currently participating in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Throughout the year, I am hoping to do monthly(-ish) updates on my progress. Our little boy put me on a hiatus from updates the last few months so this is update SIX for the year so far. Obviously my reading has continued to be a bit slow since Asa's arrival, but I have finally been cleared to start exercising again so HELLO all the audiobooks again! I better start to hustle if I'm going to complete this challenge...

2017 Reading Challenge
A book recommended by a librarian (thanks Kate!): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
A book of letters: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Completed in May; 2/5 stars)
An audiobook: Prodigal God by Tim Keller (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book by a person of color: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (In Progress)
A book with one of the four seasons in the title: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
A book that is a story within a story:
A book with multiple authors:
An espionage thriller:
A book with a cat on the cover: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (Completed in March;  4/5 stars)
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read (horror): The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
A book by or about a person who has a disability: El Deafo by Cece Bell
A book involving travel:
A book with a subtitle: Banished: Surviving my years in Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book that's published in 2017: Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber 
A book involving a mythical creature:
A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile:
A book about food: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
A book with career advice: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (In Progress)
A book from a nonhuman perspective:
A steampunk novel:
A book with a red spine: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set in the wilderness: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book you loved as a child: Chasing Rebird by Sharon Creech
A book by an author from a country you've never visited:
A book with a title that's a character's name:
A novel set during wartime:
A book with an unreliable narrator: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book with pictures: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Completed in March; 1/5 stars)
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Completed in February; 5/5 stars)
A book about an interesting woman: Handle with Care by Jodi Picot (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book set in two different time periods:
A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (Completed in March; 3/5 stars)
A book set in a hotel:
A book written by someone you admire: Adnan's Story by Rabia Chadry 
A book that's becoming a movie in 2017: All the Bright Places (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
The first book in a series you haven't read before: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
A book you bought on a trip:

Advanced
A book recommended by an author you love: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, recommended by Jodi Picoult
A bestseller from 2016:
A book with a family-member term in the title:
A book that takes place over a character's life span:
A book about an immigrant or refugee:
A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of:
A book with an eccentric character:
A book that's more than 800 pages:
A book you got from a used book sale:
A book that's been mentioned in another book: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Completed in July; 2/5 stars)
A book about a difficult topic: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Completed in April; 2/5 stars)
A book based on mythology:

Books read in 2017: 20
Progress towards reading goal for the year: 20/50 (40%)
Progress towards reading challenge completion (excluding "Advanced"): 14/40 (35%)

I am still looking for recommendations for some of the prompts! You all have given me some great ones so far (and I'm still deciding which books to choose for a few of the prompts). I would love more recommendations!

Get a printout of the challenge HERE

P.S. You can always find my reviews by following along with me on Goodreads.


7.10.2017

Introducing...


Our son Asa Wilder made his debut one week late on June 20th at 9:16pm weighing in at 7 pounds 4.7 ounces. Our family of three is doing great so far.

As I've mentioned before, I won't be sharing about him here, but I wanted to stop by and at least let you all know he arrived. Nearly a year ago we suffered a miscarriage, and this year we are feeling immensely grateful for this miracle babe. Thank you to all who prayed for us throughout this journey, we cannot be more thankful.

6.01.2017

Adidas Ultra Boost X Running Shoes Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X Running Shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!



Ladies, this one is for you.

Although there hasn't been much running happening on these fronts lately (hello, super pregnant), I have been able to walk a lot. The Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes have been a complete lifesaver. I'm not quite sure how to describe them, because they're unlike any other running shoe I have tried. There are two features that are particularly noteworthy: (1) the boost technology cushioning material and (2) the stretch web technology. Together, these produce a super responsive and lightweight shoe that I have become a pretty big fan of.

The shoes are a little strange the first time you wear them because they're kind of like compression shoes. They can be a little tough to get on because the fit so snugly (a feature I love). The stretch web technology means they grip your feet in all the right places but also offer a lot of comfort and air flow which is super important this time of year. The one thing I find tricky about these shoes is that when I take them off, the insoles tend to slip out because my foot was in there so tight. It isn't hard just to put the insole back in, but it can get slightly annoying.


I must also say that these shoes have been so kind to my swollen pregnant feet. Because of the mesh and their responsiveness, they work really well with how unpredictable my feet are lately. They're also great for a range of activities besides running, so if that isn't your thing, don't count yourself out. I can't wait to actually start running in them in a few months when I'm back to running again. 


Overall, I highly recommend these shoes. I would encourage you to head out to your nearest Dick's Sporting Goods store to try on a pair today. You want to make sure these shoes are right for you as they are a little unique!

5.18.2017

2017 Reading Challenge Update V


I am currently participating in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Throughout the year, I am hoping to do monthly(-ish) updates on my progress. This is update FIVE for the year so far. My reading has been a little slow this last month. I blame it on school insanity and a big decrease in the amount of time I usually spend walking + listening to audiobooks (thanks, pregnancy). Hopefully I can get a few more books in before this baby arrives next month!

2017 Reading Challenge
A book recommended by a librarian (thanks Kate!): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
A book of letters: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (In Progress)
An audiobook: Prodigal God by Tim Keller (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book by a person of color: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 
A book with one of the four seasons in the title: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
A book that is a story within a story:
A book with multiple authors:
An espionage thriller:
A book with a cat on the cover: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (Completed in March;  4/5 stars)
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read (horror): The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
A book by or about a person who has a disability: El Deafo by Cece Bell
A book involving travel:
A book with a subtitle: Banished: Surviving my years in Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book that's published in 2017: Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber 
A book involving a mythical creature:
A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile:
A book about food: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
A book with career advice: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (In Progress)
A book from a nonhuman perspective:
A steampunk novel:
A book with a red spine: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set in the wilderness: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book you loved as a child: Chasing Rebird by Sharon Creech
A book by an author from a country you've never visited:
A book with a title that's a character's name:
A novel set during wartime:
A book with an unreliable narrator: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book with pictures: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Completed in March; 1/5 stars)
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Completed in February; 5/5 stars)
A book about an interesting woman: Handle with Care by Jodi Picot (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book set in two different time periods:
A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (Completed in March; 3/5 stars)
A book set in a hotel:
A book written by someone you admire: Adnan's Story by Rabia Chadry 
A book that's becoming a movie in 2017: All the Bright Places (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
The first book in a series you haven't read before: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
A book you bought on a trip:

Advanced
A book recommended by an author you love: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, recommended by Jodi Picoult
A bestseller from 2016:
A book with a family-member term in the title:
A book that takes place over a character's life span:
A book about an immigrant or refugee:
A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of:
A book with an eccentric character:
A book that's more than 800 pages:
A book you got from a used book sale:
A book that's been mentioned in another book: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
A book about a difficult topic: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Completed in April; 2/5 stars)
A book based on mythology:

Books read in 2017: 17
Progress towards reading goal for the year: 17/50 (34%)
Progress towards reading challenge completion (excluding "Advanced"): 13/40 (32.5%)

I am still looking for recommendations for some of the prompts! You all have given me some great ones so far (and I'm still deciding which books to choose for a few of the prompts). I would love more recommendations!

Get a printout of the challenge HERE

P.S. You can always find my reviews by following along with me on Goodreads.


5.10.2017

"White Like Me"


I'm just stopping by to share a resource I recently discovered with you all. This past Sunday, our Be the Bridge group (which I hope to share more about soon!) watched the documentary "White Like Me." It is based on a book by the same title authored by Tim Wise. I am a HUGE Tim Wise fan so it was no surprise that I absolutely loved this documentary. It's only 66 minutes long, FREE on YouTube and worth every second. I would highly recommend you take the time to watch it. The more you know, am I right?

 
Happy watching, friends. I'd love it if you came back here after watching and shared your thoughts with me!

5.08.2017

Baby B's Nursery Reveal

As of tomorrow I'm 35 weeks pregnant which means we are in the final countdown. I don't want to go into it too much here, but I'm feeling pretty well considering! Today I wanted to share a few photos of Baby B's nursery with you all. Although I'm not one for bump dates, I always love seeing other people's nurseries so I wanted to share ours. I think this has been one of my favorite parts of this journey so far.

Crib: IKEA 
Crib Sheets: Amazon
Map Decal: Lovely Wall Co.
Floating Shelves: IKEA 

Dresser: Walmart
Rocking Chair and Ottoman: IKEA
Changing Pad Cover: Amazon 

We stopped hosting for AirBnB back in April, so we have been able to pull this together pretty quickly. We started buying things once I hit the second trimester, so many pieces were just waiting to be put together until the room was available. We are really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to see our little man in it.

Rug: IKEA
Bicycle Pillow: Target

Floating Shelves: Amazon

Cube Shelves: Target
Storage Cubes: Walmart
Wooden Bins: Walmart

Side Table: IKEA
Cactus: Target
Globe: Gift 

Lamp: Target
Plant: IKEA

Cloth Diapers: Grovia O.N.E.


I have tried to note where certain products in the photos were purchased but if you want to know something specific, please let me know!


5.02.2017

Baby B's Baby Shower

I haven't shared too much about our little one on this space. Although I don't expect that to change very much in the future, I did want to share some of the photos from my second baby shower with you all as they turned out really well! I'm so grateful to my mom for hosting my first shower back home in Arizona and four of my friends here in Missouri for hosting my second. We feel so grateful to have such amazing friends and family members in our lives.