Friday Morning Iced Coffee Date (12/16)

Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY, friends!

It’s Friday morning and you know what that means: It’s time for an iced coffee date! I’m drinking my iced coffee with eggnog this morning, so it’s festive, fun, creamy, and sweet. Perfection. What are you drinking this morning?


Speaking of coffee…

I’m kind of annoyed with Marylou’s lately. Remember how much I used to love their coffee? It was actually kind of an obsession. Well, I haven’t been thrilled with my last few Marylou’s experiences. The iced coffee is so watered-down nowadays. Like the eggnog iced coffee that I bought the other day… it was basically coffee-flavored water with a hint of eggnog flavoring. Ugh. Annoying. Related: At home, I’m brewing the Coconut Hawaiian Coffee from, and it’s the bomb. And, of course, much more cost-effective than buying it/wasting my money at Marylou’s! coffee

Random thoughts related to the photo above:

  1. We recently unlocked the child safety locks on our kitchen cabinets (except the one under the sink with the cleaning supplies) because our “baby” doesn’t really need them anymore. (We have the drill-free magnetic ones, so we can always lock them again if Qman decides he wants to go nuts with the Tupperware or something.) It’s crazy how quickly time flies when you have a little one. When Quinn was a newborn, certain stages felt like they would last forever and life would never change. Looking back, the past 2.5 years have totally flown by and those stages are just a blink in the past. The days are long, but the years are short.
  2. You can see just a glimpse of my shirt in the photo above, but I’m obsessed with this top from Brooks. I absolutely love the color and the fit is pure perfection… soft and cozy, slimming with length and extra coverage. It’s great for winter runs as well as wearing to and from the gym and running errands around town. Love!

Here I am, just hanging out in my Threshold Long Sleeve Running Shirt... you know, behind Salt Shack CrossFit, near the backhoe and pet store dumpsters. #fashionblogger


Speaking of “fashion blogging”… I got all dressed up for our second Designed to Fit Nutrition software meeting yesterday. We got to see the design interface for the very first time, and it’s incredible! It’s super user-friendly, much more professional, and exactly what we need to take us to the next level with our business. Kerrie and I were literally giddy with excitement when we left the meeting!!


I talked to Nicole of Whole Health RD on the phone the other day. (FYI: She has an awesome podcast now!!) We’ve worked together for several months now, and I love picking her brain about nutrition, health, food, etc. She always has such great ideas! During our call, I complained that oatmeal hasn’t been “agreeing” with me lately. Well, apparently, soaking oats makes them easier to digest, which makes so much sense now. I rarely have issues with overnight and crock-pot oats, but stove-top oats don’t always sit well. Just wanted to pass along the info! 🙂

Unrelated, but awesome: Boxed now delivers WINE. Holy cow. You guys know how much we love Boxed, right? Short story: We order diapers, wipes, and household items in bulk, and they arrive at our front door like 24 hours later. Well, now they deliver wine! #lifechanger And how perfect would wine be as a last-minute holiday gift! Smile

Speaking of holiday gifts… I recently partnered with Minted to make our holiday cards. Oh my gosh, that pug face kills me!


Also from Minted, I got this framed print for Mal. When we talk about our favorite travel adventures, he always mentions our road trip through Ireland. Plus, this is what we’ve had hanging in our master bathroom since we moved in…


It’s definitely time to upgrade!

FYI: That tiny photo in the corner of the frame is (creepy) Murphy. Mal and I used to hide it on each other, but it finally ended up there.

Speaking of the pug… he loses his sh*t over these VeggieDents. (You may have seen his pug excitement on Instagram Stories.) Our vet suggested them as a way to keep his doggie teeth clean, so just wanted to pass along the recommendation.


Quinn is going to be in a holiday musical tonight (through daycare), and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for anything in my whole life.

The end.

Questions of the Day

How’s life? What’s up for the weekend? What would you tell me this morning over coffee?


  1. A holiday musical? Prepare to cry your eyes out the entire time! Or is it just me who melts at the sweet sound of children, babies no less, singing? Gets me every time! Those are the moments when you think it’s ALL worth the blood, sweat and tears you put into parenting. ENJOY!
    PS…need to try to find the treats for our little pug, whose breath is not the sweetest

  2. omgosh the holiday show with Quinn is going to be so cute! Also nothing I hate more than a watered down iced coffee…i dont even care it goes straight into the trash. I’m not trying to play around! lol hashtag crazycoffeesnob

  3. I bet Quinn will be great in his holiday performance. I remember being so excited when I was in them in school. In grade 2 I got picked to be Santa! This weekend is going to be a low key one for me which I’m really looking forward to.

  4. Love the randomness of everything in this post! I agree with you on the Marylou’s…it’s been quite a while since I’ve had it but I’ve been pretty disappointed with how watery and very weak their coffee is 🙁

  5. I am going to spend time with friends Saturday evening and then Sunday driving to St. Louis…3 hour drive 1 way for us…to spend time with a sick friend at Barnes Hospital. I decided to check out with your coffee link…ended up buying several things and chose German Chocolate Cake coffee…can’t wait to try that! Your offer they set up last month still works too…got some free samples …score! Hope you have a great weekend Tina.

  6. Because I’ve seen Minted on a bunch of blogs over the last few years, I decided to do our Christmas cards with them this year but was super disappointed with the quality for the price (more expensive than Shutterfly, snapfish) and the fact that they used a completely wrong and unrelated last name on our cards. I got a refund and went back to Shutterfly!

  7. My husband is going on a climbing trip with a friend today, so I’m on my own for Saturday night. Planning on getting “turnt” as the kids say (or is it “lit” now?) and enjoying some Halo Top and a bath and hanging with my dog! I’d tell you over iced coffee that I need to start running again, and I’ll be looking for a race after the Open is over!

  8. This was one of my most favorite posts of yours. I am loving the honesty about Marylou’s (sometimes coffee just plain sucks) and how Murphy loses his sh*t over those treats. Our dog does too! He’s such a weirdo! Also, I have been meaning to purchase some Brooks running shoes and workout clothes because you make them sound so amazing! Also, high five for the transparency with your fashion blogger-posing-next-to-trashcan tidbit. The struggle is real.

  9. I love the photo of Murphy that you used to hide! For the past 3 years my husband and I have hidden a Little People doll that we affectionately named “Lucy”. She shows up in the most random places in our house and has even made it on trips when one of us has to leave. We love hiding her and it was fun to see that other people do fun stuff like that too!

  10. Murphy on your Christmas card!! HA HA HA!! Plus, his “creepy” photo in your bathroom. I can’t get over his cuteness. Our dog loves the veggie sticks too. It must be a great product given that I live half way across the country from you (WI) and our vet recommended them too. Thanks for keeping Murphy included as part of your blog/social media and not forgetting about him. Dogs are the best!! Can you tell I am a dog mom?! Ha ha ha!

    Happy holidays to you and your family (Murphy too)!

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