Running a Half Marathon = Risky Business

24 04 2012

Dan participated in the Rutgers Half Marathon on Sunday, which just happens to be where we both went to college. He ran 13.1 miles. In less than 2 hours. I know, I was impressed too!

He ran the hilly course so quickly that I actually missed him coming across the finish line! He ran through 3 campuses which he said was amazing and quite an experience and something he wants to do every year going forward. We were both getting very nostalgic being back at Rutgers, especially with Ben. It was a wonderful evening/morning.


This is how Ben prepared for the race…by running around Risky Business-style with no pants on! I absolutely love giving Ben a pair of sunglasses because he finds it hilarious.

Ben is wearing a Gap button down and H&M sneakers.

Here are a few other pictures from the evening before the race and the race morning. We had dinner at Old Man Rafferty’s and walked around campus. We got Ben all decked out in RU gear for the morning! He was exhausted since he woke up at 6:45 in the hotel because we had to drop Dan off at Busch campus. And luckily the rain held out until Dan was around mile 10! Could not have been a better weekend. *Please note Dan’s amazing Adidas New Jersey shirt he has been saving for the race*

Ben is wearing his Rutgers football jersey, Gap jeans, Old Navy onesie, Rutgers socks and H&M sneakers.

Bib pick-up / Sharing milk / Time to Run / Success!


In case you need a Tuesday pick-me-up, you need to check out this blog. Be warned, you may die laughing. Especially when you look at this post.  

Thanks to Laura for sending me last night, causing me to laugh uncontrollably for many minutes.

***Linking up to Harper’s Happenings for a very late Steppin’ Out Saturday post!!***

This week I have an excuse to go a little crazy since we’re taking Ben to EUROPE and it’s finally here! I am so excited, and can’t wait to post updates on the fun European clothes we get him! I am particularly excited for the Eiffel Tower, eating as much cheese as possible, visiting the Anne Frank Museum, the tulips in Amsterdam, renting a boat on Queen’s Day, riding bikes around Amsterdam, and of course, seeing our good friends the Zbranaks!!!!

Thrifting Adventures & Hunger Games

22 03 2012

Poor Ben. This post has almost nothing to do with him! It is more of a “What Dan Found Thrifting and Wore” post. We went back to the thrift stores my sister and I found in Westfield. This time, Dan really made out. He found tons of gorgeous dress shirts – PINK, Barney’s, BCBG, Express. Unfortunately, most of them were too big. But we will definitely be back and see what pops up over there. Finding designer dress shirts for $3? Yes, please.

Dan ended up going home with 2 shirts – a Polo golf shirt for $4.50 and a Thomas Pink dress shirt for $3. That Pink shirt probably cost around $150. It even had a dry cleaning tag on it. I am hoping whoever donated this shirt is a regular and we can snag his entire work wardrobe!

Another steal was this CAT dump truck for Ben off craigslist for $8. Amazing deal. Yes, that is my slipper going for a ride around the apartment. Thanks, Ben!


Polo shirt, $4.50 / PINK dress shirt, $3 / CAT dump truck, $8

****Linking up to Harper’s Happenings for more thrifting fun!***

Last night we had the pleasure of attending a HUNGER GAMES PREMIERE in NYC! We were at a Scholastic employee screening in Union Square at the Regal Cinemas (and even saw the movie in IMAX!) If you haven’t read the books, you are really missing out. They are probably some of the best books I have ever read…and I read A LOT. It’s also opened me up to the young adult book category which I have been loving! Even Sci-Fi. I never knew I had it in me.

Team Peeta

The movie really did the book justice. I was impressed. There were of course a few discrepancies and differences. She got her famous Mockinjay pin in a totally different manner than the book. It was much less gory. It didn’t delve much into relationships such as Gale/Katniss or Rue/Katniss. And I think the movie made you think Katniss was falling in love with Peeta instead of really faking it for the camera. But it was still great. I LOVED Peeta’s character, the casting was superb. Everyone was pretty much exactly as I imagined they would look while reading the book.

Katniss was so kick-ass, I loved her. But they also did a really good job of showing how scared she was to be put into the games. The scene with her and Cinna right before was intense and emotional. Cannot wait to see more of Cinna in Catching Fire.

Right before the movie started the director of Hunger Games, Gary Ross, came out for a little Q&A session. What a surprise! It was great to hear him speak and hear him chatting about him & Suzanne Collins casting Peeta, who his favorite character was, etc. Very cool. It was a perfect evening. I laughed, I cried. Good times!

If you are into this type of book, here are a few other books I have read lately that could definitely be in the “Hunger Games category” (especially for a Super Fan like me!)

And in Adult books, I just recently finished a few good reads the past few months:

  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (funny and adorable, as usual)
  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close (fun girly read)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney (read it in 1 day)
  • ROOM by Emma Donoghue (depressing, disturbing, amazing)

Wow, this blog post took a weird turn. I obviously need to join a book club because I have a lot of book info pent up inside me.

Heading to Boston with the family this weekend. Very excited. I will post pictures of Ben’s outfits, of course. Here is Ben at the park on this gorgeous day today. Not exactly an outfit for the books. Last year’s beach hat, Rutgers shirt, Gap jeans, and new play shoes from Target. But at least Ben wears it well!


Fun at the Maplewood park!

Happy Thursday! And Happy Thrifting!

Support my sister and help save her favorite NYC bar! Yes, this is a problem. Plus the whole place is VEGAN!!! It’s a good cause! SAVE KATE’S JOINT!

I think someone wants to go outside again!

The End. Of my longest, least Ben-filled blog post ever.

Super Fun Super Bowl

6 02 2012

Since neither Dan or I are Giants fans, we figured we would put Ben in his super cute Rutgers football jersey for the big game. Don’t get me wrong, we were 100% rooting for the Giants, but being a Jets fan, you aren’t going to dress your son in a Giants jersey. Sorry, not gonna happen.


Dancing to his own beat / Ben's got moves like Jagger


Ben and Uncle Max


My gorg sister. Cute stashe.


Not sure...

The day featured lots of food. Taco cups are genius. And take all of 3 seconds to make. Anything in a wonton wrapper is pretty awesome. This was also the first time using our slow cooker and WOW…I am obsessed. Easiest (and most delicious) dinner ever. Pretty excited to use this super appliance all.the.time.


Taco cups / Spinach dip / Slow cooker Chicken Tacos

Our new favorite game is Dan spinning the football and Ben kicks it. So cute. His not-so-cute game: Biting. Look at that little rascal, sticking out his tongue.


Great day, Great win

Also, who else was psyched about the Hunger Games commercials??? Legitimately cannot wait for that movie. Dan will be able to get us into a Scholastic screening so that will be pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Have to go find the rescue dog commercial on youtube now. Bye!

On the Banks of the Old Raritan

24 01 2012

I love Tuesdays. Tuesday morning is Music Class day. We get out of the house for over an hour, I can walk there, my friend Allison is in the class, and Ben loves it (by loves it, I mean he screams, runs around, steals items from other strollers, sometimes poops, dances, and just causes general ruckus). Sounds fun, right? So many great things about Tuesday. Except when our teacher keeps cancelling class! This is the second week in a row I got up and showered for NOTHING (well, normal people shower everyday, so I guess this isn’t such a bad thing). So, instead of music class today, we went to Allison & Asher’s for a playdate! The second best part of this (first being how much I enjoy hanging out with them) is that they live upstairs in our building. I know!

Since Ben is hopefully going to go to Rutgers, I like to periodically dress him up in Rutgers garb. It’s like a subliminal message with his clothes. Dan selfishly wants him to go to USC (so he can visit Southern CA), but I have a feeling he’ll follow in Mom & Dad’s footsteps and life will take him to the banks of the Old Raritan…


Rushing to see his girlfriend in a Rutgers shirt, Gap jeans, Trumpette Too socks + his sippy cup

Here are the boys during their playdate. Ben repeatedly gets mad at Asher for trying to be his friend. I really hope this is just a stage and Ben isn’t “that kid”. I don’t think he will be with such fun and awesome parents like Dan and myself, but one can never really be sure.


Asher showing Ben who's boss

Are you kidding me with those dimples?  Asher is the best. I can’t wait for them to be best buds and pick up chicks together. Asher has some pretty cool duds, so we’ll have to do a co-fashion post with these two cute men.

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