Found Kitchen & Social Club Evanston

Good Morning!

Today I want to tell you all about our Birthday date night celebration at Found Kitchen & Social Club in Evanston!

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But first- let’s back up a bit. The past few weeks have been absolutely crazy. I’m in a wedding this weekend so I’ve been prepping for that, adjusting to a new role and new routine and generally just busy. I feel like most nights Rich and I are like ships passing in the night and we could not wait to have some time together on Saturday night. Found was the perfect place for this!  {Continue reading…}

Esprit de She 5k 2014

Last Thursday’s race was a true example of a comedy of errors and was an example of how a positive outlook can change any situation.

Leading up to Thursday, things were looking good. I was able to schedule meetings and work from my downtown office, it was a beautiful day and I was excited to race and have as much fun as last year.

After work, I met up with Emily and she walked with me to my car and we proceeded to head north. I started driving, aiming for Lincoln Park until Emily kindly pointed out that the race was at Montrose Harbor this year. Thank goodness she was with me! Then, traffic hit and we were stuck counting down the minutes until packet pick-up ended.

Lucky for us, Marcia and Erica were already on site and were nice of us to stand in line to get our packets for us. Emily was even kind enough to get out of my car, grab my purse and hop back in the car while waiting at the light to get on Lake Shore Drive. It seemed like we would avoid missing packet pick-up, until the ladies notified us that my name was not registered. There was a Kate Adams, but she was about 10 years older than me and WAY faster. (note to self, always choose Kate Adams from now on)

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When we arrive to the race site, parking was a breeze and I got in line for packet pick-up. I felt a little flustered as they told me I was not registered, and proceeded to get in a long line for people with technical difficulties. (but not before taking a blogger picture) When I tried to use my Ambassador promo code, it said it had been used. This is when I felt like a jerk explaining that I was an ambassador to the race directors while ladies who paid were not so patiently waiting next to me, but luckily I was registered just as I heard the 5k start.

I shuffled my butt over to the start, franticly pinning my bib on as I got in the back of the line for the 10k. As luck would have it, I ran into Samira and seeing her face lifted my spirits and put things in perspective. I was happy to be there and happy to run. These were my thoughts as I started the race.

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Whirlwind Summer Weekend


Good Morning! It was a whirlwind summer weekend which has resulted in a sleepy Monday. I have a race recap and new restaurant review to share later this week, but in the meantime I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. The weekend for me started Thursday night at Esprit de She. The views were absolutely amazing […]

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Weekly Refresh #2

Good Morning! Phew, it was a crazy week and it’s going to be another this week! I’m looking forward to the end of the week though as it’s finally time for my friend Stephanie’s Wedding! But first, it’s time for my weekly refresh…

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Mindfulness for a Busy Life


Good Evening! Woop woop! Can we get a TGIF up in here!? I am so happy it’s Friday. I survived my second week of work and while I love it, it’s been a whirlwind and I’m exhausted. We have a busy weekend ahead and the thing I’m most excited for is sleeping in tomorrow morning. […]

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Boozy Watermelon Granita


Good Morning! Today is a special day for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s my husband Rich’s Birthday! We celebrated with his parents last night over burgers and beer and Saturday night we have a date night planned. Today though he’s being super patient as I have Espirt de She to run tonight! It’s […]

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Five Fitness Epiphanies

Good Morning! Today I wanted to share with you a few epiphanies I’ve had lately in regards to fitness, but first let’s back up a bit… When I graduated college and transitioned into working full time, getting to the gym was a huge struggle. I was so used to having my team to yell at […]

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Steps to a Delicious Meal With Simple Ingredients

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Good Morning! While we’re on the topic of how I prep for the week, today Ali is stepping in to share an easy recipe for busy weeks. I love how it can be modified to fit your needs. Take it away, Ali! Hi everyone! Katie is sweet enough to let me share my favorite easy […]

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10 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Your Work Week Easier

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Good Morning! I’m going to let you in on a little secret- I am really neurotic. In case you haven’t noticed from my dozens of meal plan posts, constant goal setting and my love of list posts, but I am. Blame in on being raised by two type A parents, my strict skating schedule for […]

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Weekly Refresh #1: Goals, Fitness & Meal Plan

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Welcome to my first Weekly Refresh! I’m starting this new series as a way for me to hold myself accountable to my goals, stay focused and get organized for the upcoming week. So here we go…

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