Things We Love: Wrapping Up April

Summer.  That’s where my mind has been lately.  For 20+ years, I’ve been a Special Education teacher, and don’t get me wrong… I absolutely LOVE my job.  Figuring the burnout rate for special educators is about 4 years, I’m pretty certain that 20+ years speaks for itself.  But… this year… I am ready for SUMMER! I’m not sure if it’s part of that whole Mercury in Retrograde thing, that I chose to train for a marathon towards the end of the school year, or if it’s the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, but I’m ready to play.  Since the beach and the marathon have been on my mind, this month I must share my current loves, obsessions, and tried and true foot care hacks.


Whether it’s the beach, pool, picnic, outdoor music festival or where ever you find yourself once the weather gets warmer the PACKIT bag can be a game changer.  I first discovered the bags when my husband and I started to receive food through a meal service.  See… it’s been one of those years that I’m too exhausted to even cook for two people. The Foodsmith meals are delivered 2x per week and they arrive in the PACKIT bag.  This little insulated bag can go right in the freezer and pulled out when you are ready to play.  It doesn’t even take up much room because it literally folds into a flat, easy to pack or store rectangle.  It’s brilliant! There’s a wide variety of styles and bags for many uses so check them out. Just think of all the margaritas… I mean snacks… that you can cart off to the beach!

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The next item that is always ready to go to the beach was discovered by my good pal, Elise.  For my birthday last year, the amazing and wonderful Lagu Sand-Repellent Beach Blanket showed up at my doorstep.  This little blanket truly is sand repellent.  That is a bonus in and of itself, but when you add to it that it’s super light and folds down so small, there’s extra room in the beach bag for the important things… like sunscreen… and margaritas… and trash mags.  Thanks again, Elise!

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The Mountain2Beach Marathon is coming right up and I know the blisters are coming.  I have no idea what it is about those last 4 miles of a marathon, but the blisters just seem to find a way to add to the pain.  I can do a 22 mile training run and be just fine, but stick me in a race and boom… blisters. There’s only so much Bodyglide and Aquaphor can do, I guess.  During my first marathon in 2004, which was also long enough ago that the Nike Tempo short was all the rage (looking back I can’t imagine why… hello diaper) and cotton socks were still in existence, that I discovered a way to pop those little blisters with ease.  Hopefully, this isn’t grossing anyone out… and if it does, let me warn you to never, ever, ever find yourself at an ultra marathon. Those races take blisters to a whole new level. Anyway, the discovery was lancets for blood testing.  These are small so they won’t go too deep into the sore blister, and they are also already sterilized.  Add to the fact that you can get a box of 100 for under $5 then you are pretty much set for life. Seriously… it’s 2018 and I’m just now needing to purchase a new box.  I’m sure there are many tried and true ways to manage blisters, but for me it’s Stance socks, Bodyglide followed by Aquaphor for those blister prone areas and for after… the lancets.  

Coming off of all the Boston Marathon excitement with the terrible weather and unexpected winners, I’ve been crushing on all things Desi.  I’ve been inspired by her for so long and just love that she always seems like the dark horse in a race and then BAM… she pulls out these amazing races (Did you know she did most of her Boston training solo??? I can’t imagine).  Then add in there that she is of the most down-to-earth humans on the planet and the girl crush gets even more enormous. She loves music, her dogs, whiskey and coffee. So really… what’s not to love about her?

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Here are some All Things Des that you might want to check out too…

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Summer is coming our way, and I’m going to be so prepared.  Savoring every minute of summer is on my to-do list so that I can return to school in the Fall ready for another year of doing what I love.  Here’s to hoping that the items or tips this month find you in the summer mood as well. What are your summer favorites?

P.S.  If you ran this year’s Boston Marathon… CONGRATS!  Way to hang tough!


Big love!


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