Friday Round-up: Gifts and Gratitude

I’m just going to pretend that I’m still on a boat in St. Kitts, relaxing and watching the sunset.


Whoa friends! Between the kids being out of school and half days; clients all resurfacing at the same time needing/wanting something right now; and lingering sickness and a 10 hour stint in the ER Wednesday, these last few weeks have been killing me. (No worries. Everything is fine and I think that they finally figured out and fixed my tonsils. And no, I didn’t have them taken out.)

As you may know, I’m participating in Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. I’ve been bummed that I haven’t been able to get many workouts in because I LOVE the workouts she has put together for this phase – ladders, isometric holds, cardio bursts – all so good and challenging. I’ve been keeping it easy this week, walking and light cardio if and when I can. But I know that it’s important to get rest and get better. That’s also part of leading a healthy lifestyle, right Tina?

Since I haven’t been able to participate in bootcamp as fully as I would have like and to keep myself motivated over the holidays, I’ve signed up for Amanda’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. Amanda has rounded up some incredible prizes and an awesome panel of experts, including Olympic medalist Deena Kastor, to support us. Sign up now because it starts on November 19th!

Thank you all for your support in my Erica Sara Designs giveaway last week. There were over 170 entries. I mentioned that I would donate $1 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts for each entry up to $1,000. So while the number of entries translates to over $170, my husband and I have decided to still donate $1,000 – $500 to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund and $500 to Waves for Water – two organizations that are doing great work.



I Don’t Speak For The Trees – Pour Your Heart Out 
As bloggers, we share stories for many reasons. I love how Shell uses the Lorax as a comparison to bloggers and who we are presumed to speak for even when that’s not necessarily our intention.

No Numbers Runner 
There’s so much that I love about Lindsay’s post, mostly because her incredible and giving soul shines through.  We also seem to be on the same page and believe that running is a gift. Are you a runner by the numbers or do you run for other reasons?

What Traditional Marriage Should Be 
Kristen hits on so many poignant points in this post about love, growing up and parenting. Kids go through so much while growing up and it often makes me feel like I’m not up for this parenting gig.

Start a Conversation 
Meredith’s post really struck a chord with me about raising awareness and spreading the love to fight women’s cancer. She’s included an incredibly powerful video and I urge you all to go and watch it.

To My Body I Promise 
Speaking of cancer, I absolutely loved this honest letter than Krysten wrote to her body – her frustrations with her body and her embrace of her imperfections.

Race for Recovery
Lastly, Michele at NYC Running Mama is hosting a virtual Race for Recovery (5K or 10K) to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. She’s rounded up over 40 prizes worth over $2,500 and the entry fee is only $20. I just signed up and you should too!


Are you ready for Thanksgiving next week? What’s favorite Thanksgiving dish?


    • admin says

      Thanks my friend. Yes, trying to rest up as much as I can. Amazingly, I was pretty zen about being in the ER that long especially after my phone ran out of batteries at hour 2!!

    • admin says

      Thanks Lindsay! Hits close to home so we want to be able to support the longer term rebuilding efforts. Because it’s going to take a lot.

  1. says

    You are the best for your donation! Way to go. And I’m all in for Michele’s race, too. Love that you both are supporting your local peeps.

    Great round-up–I’ve read several of them and will hit the others.

    I hope next week brings you health and energy!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Amanda! There wasn’t really a question that we wouldn’t donate that much. Kind of just shifts our yearly donations a bit but this is so important. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • admin says

      Thanks Tina. It’s hard to remember sometimes to listen to your body especially when there’s a plan in front of you and you really really want to do it. But I know that I need to back off and I’m OK with it. Plus, I love having the workouts so that I can go back to them too when I’m better.

  2. says

    That $1000 that you are both donating will truly make a difference. All of the charities we reached out to said at this point the best thing we could donate would be money and/or time. Sandy changed the east coast that so many of us love. It warms my heart to know that your family and my family are among the ones trying to help those out that were less fortunate than us when it hit.

    Thank you so much for sharing my post on traditional marriage too. It makes me emotional every time I read the comments. This world has a lot of love in it…if only everyone would allow it to be treated equally.

    Happy Friday!!! Hope you are on the mend and can enjoy your weekend!!!
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    • admin says

      Thank you my friend for sharing such a heartfelt post. I think that a lot of charities are being inundated with stuff – some useful, some not – but it’s going to take of long term support. I am on the mend, thanks and hope you all have a great weekend too!

    • admin says

      I’d love to be your neighbor!! Sometimes I find it hard to pick the posts because there are so many good ones and I tend to gravitate towards the “heavier” ones. I think that I need to read more humor blogs!!

    • admin says

      I’m trying not to get stressed out about the holidays but I know that they will be crazy. And do both virtual races! :-)

    • admin says

      Awww, thanks Charlotte. We try to donate to nonprofits and charities that are meaningful to us each year and this year was a no brainer. We were both pretty committed to giving whatever we could to these relief efforts.

    • admin says

      Thanks Barbara! I hope it helps. I know that it’s going to take a lot for the long-term rebuilding of many of these communities.

  3. says

    Hi Christine! Great that you’re getting involved in all these challenges; any effort and involvement is better than nothing! Even if you’re not doing everyyy workout, sounds like you’ve done a lot and the Bootie Buster challenge will be awesome! Good luck!

    Thanks for the linkup; I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope that it touched others as well. – and these other posts I’ll go check out now :)
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    • admin says

      Thanks Meredith. You’re right – some effort is better than nothing and the challenges definitely push me to be more accountable. And thank you for sharing that video. It was pretty powerful. I hope that you have a great weekend!

  4. says

    It took me 36 hours to get here but you know I never miss Friday. Am I that out of touch that I just realized now you were in the ER on Wednesday? I do hope you are feeling better – and I love your picks as always! I had read some previously and just read others now – but you never lead my wrong. good stuff my friend, good stuff.
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    • admin says

      No, not out of it. Haven’t been talking about it on social media much. I am feeling so much better and I’m glad that you got a chance to get to the round-up. I was a little worried about you!! 😉


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