littles, links, + loves // february 2016

I can’t believe it’s already the end of February…

The Concrete Runner - Littles -- Links -- Loves

// littles //

I also can’t believe this little guy is already 14 months!  How is that even possible?!  Miles had a pretty big month this last month, taking his first steps and really starting to communicate with us.  He still speaks A LOT of gibberish, but he’s forming more and more words and responds to pretty much anything we say.  Last night, he walked across a small room while MacKenna was at dance class!  I know that walking makes him a lot less of a baby, but I just get so excited when they reach those big milestones – and walking is HUGE!  It opens our lives up to so many more possibilities, and it’ll make the warmer weather and time outside so much more fun (and easy)!

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MacKenna has been spending most of her time dancing lately.  She takes dance class on Thursday evenings and we are starting to get into recital season.  I think she is going to LOVE performing – mostly just because she’ll get to dress up.  But, I also think she has that good, outgoing personality like her daddy.  (There’s a reason why I’m a writer and you don’t see many videos of me – the worst part about my training course this past weekend was having to get up in front of everyone and introduce myself.  You think as a teacher I wouldn’t have an issue with public speaking but I LOATHE it…)  We’ve also been playing Just Dance on the Wii the past week instead of playing with the iPad before bed – it’s been so much fun to play with her.  And I’ve also been reminded just how much I lack in my dancing ability.  My uncoordinated 4-year old is better than I am…

// links //

This could probably go under both links + loves this month, but I’ll put it here since I have several things I’m loving lately.  If you actually spend some time checking out my blog, you might have noticed a few changes lately.  New header, new colors, new about me and side panel, etc.  A few weeks ago, I completed a course by Abby on how to build your brand.  We were given an assignment to complete every night for 4 weeks that allowed us to really find our blogging niche and voice.  The course got me to the point where I am comfortable marketing myself (which really is my brand – this blog) and reaching out to brands.  Like I said above, I am an introvert and never want to inconvenience anyone.  But, that also means I’m missing out on a lot of opportunities and I hate that.

Abby’s course really streamlined my process and I have seen a lot of positive changes in my interactions with brands, just by making a few tweaks to how I blog and promote myself on social media.  If you are a blogger, small or large, I HIGHLY recommend it!  And if you’re new to my blog, possibly from some of these changes, thank you so much for reading and learning a little about me! 🙂

// loves //

I have been LOVING these Julia pants from Prana.  They are super comfy and I love the pockets in the back.  Plus, I absolutely LOVE the color.  My first year of teaching, my students would make fun of me for always wearing black pants (I own about 5 pairs of black workout pants), so having a fun royal blue pair is a nice change.  I find them too cute to wear to workout (they wouldn’t make great running pants), but they would be awesome pants for some yoga!

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I’ve also absolutely been loving my French press lately.  I have a Keurig, but in my effort to produce less waste, I am trying to use my French press a little more to drink coffee – especially on the days when I am wanting more than one cup (which is most days).  I forgot how much BETTER French press coffee is.  It is so smooth and silky and just has amazing flavor.  I’m planning on buying a new bag of coffee at ALDI this weekend so I can keep making it a few mornings a week.  Less waste + awesome coffee = one happy mama!

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Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!  We are supposed to have great spring-like weather this weekend, so I plan on taking full advantage of being outside after being holed up all day last weekend!

  • Julia Grigorian

    Hey Kristen- this is my first time on your blog (came over from fitfluential), and I just wanted to say two things unrelated to your actual post. 1: I love your blog theme! The blue is beautiful. 2. Speaking of beautiful things… your family is GORGEOUS! The moment I saw your family picture, I could not help but smile. So glad I found you!

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

    • You just totally made my day! Thank you so much! Love hearing from other FAs! 🙂