Tumble Leaf

5 May

I was recently asked to check out the Amazon Original Series, Tumble Leaf, and jumped at the opportunity to watch a few episodes before the second season debuts on Friday. The multi-Emmy award-winning original preschool series is available for Prime members on Amazon Prime and focuses on fostering lifelong creative learning in its young viewers.

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While Jack has his favorite shows, I’m always looking for fun kid-appropriate entertainment that incorporates learning. Tumble Leaf centers around Fig, a cute blue fox, and his best friend, a caterpillar named Stick. In each episode they embark on a new nature-filled adventure and discover science through play.

I like that the show combines learning with silliness. For example, in one of the episodes they learn about fish… but there is also a fish ‘dance party’ that totally cracked Jack up.

The colors are so bright and the animation is so crisp, it’s light-years away from the cartoons I watched when I was a kid. Each episode includes discovery of some sort, which is right up Jack’s alley. He loves the chance to follow along with a show and figure out the answers along with the main characters.

Speaking of dance party, I just had to include this dancing crab for Cinco de Mayo!

 

We really enjoyed the opportunity to watch Tumble Leaf before the second season comes out on Friday. If you are interested in watching the Amazon Original Series, you can find it here: Tumble Leaf on Amazon.

 

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My First 5k of 2016

3 May

One of the things that I love about winter moving its butt out the door and spring dancing on in, is that the 5k’s are plentiful.

As I mentioned in March, I really want to try and do a different 5k each month. The first one on my schedule was this past weekend: the Ocean City Island to Island Half Marathon & 5k.

The half marathon course was super cool and actually went from Assateague Island to the boardwalk in Ocean City (hence, the “island to island” theme). The 5k stuck to Ocean City – starting off at the inlet, running up the boardwalk to 17th street, and then back to where we started.

My sister, Katie, had signed up for the half marathon. It was her first time doing a half marathon race and she proved that all us Harman girls are overachievers… because she won. That’s right; my sister came in FIRST for female half marathon runners:

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I did NOT come in first for female 5k runners. I just wanted to get that out there. I did have a great time though and may have taken one of my favorite running pictures EVER.

I know that’s a lot to live up to, but after the race I was totally crossing my fingers that the race photographer got a picture of me when I crossed the finish line.

And by ‘crossed the finished line’ I actually mean when I was LEAPING across the finish line, like a total goof ball.

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Nailed it.

Any ideas on how I can top this awesome picture at my next 5k?

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Balance… 5 months in

2 May

Instead of making resolutions for 2016, I decided to simplify it a little and give myself just one idea to work towards: Balance.

As I said back in January, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I swing from eating super healthy to eating like a human trashcan. I will work out every day… or not at all for months. I get buried in work, freelance writing and blog stuff and literally have to schedule dinner with girlfriends a month out.

If there is something I need in my life, it is balance.

Balance

Now that we are 5 months into the year, I thought it would be a good time to check in and see how I’m doing.

Awful.
I’m doing absolutely awful at having any sort of balance in my life.

Some of it isn’t really my fault though. At work my previous supervisor left in the Fall and I’ve been covering the entire department myself for 6 months. I’ve had a little help from our Executive Director on our DC events (thank goodness!), but I’ve been handling everything at our other two locations, as well as most of the emails/inquires/phone calls/decisions/etc that would have gone to my supervisor.

Needless to say, I’m overextended and I’m exhausted. I love my blog, but there are even days where I wonder why I’m pushing myself even harder to do this. I’ve had to cut back on freelance work and even took a couple months off from contributing to BlogHer (which is something I really do love and hope to be able to return to ASAP).

The good news is that I just hired two new people for my department. I’m planning on May being a ‘training period’ to get them both comfortable with their jobs before throwing them into everything. By June though… I’m crossing my fingers that I will see some of that Balance on the horizon!

As for eating healthy and working out. Yeah, none of that has been happening either.

However, I do have plans to do another 21 Day Fix challenge in a couple weeks, which is SO NEEDED right now. I also have started signing up for 5k’s now that the weather is getting warmer and ran my first one of 2016 this past Saturday.

So yeah, there hasn’t been a lot of balance in my life for the last 5 months, but I’m going to give myself a do-over. Starting… right now.

How about you… are you sticking with your resolutions this year? Did you choose a word of the year that you are working on?

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My Style: April Favorite Outfits

28 Apr

Spring has finally sprung here in Maryland, so I’ve been slowly packing away the warm layers and letting my super pale skin see the sun.

I went through my April pictures and picked three of my favorite outfits to share with you. If you see something you like, I’ve made it easy for you to steal my style with links for each item when still available, or similar styles if they’re sold out. If you want to check out previous My Style posts, you can find them here.

Just for fun, here are ALL my April outfits with some booty-shaking music thrown in:

Look #1: Maxi Dress = Maxi Comfort

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The Dress
This dress was actually the very first maxi dress I ever owned (now I’m totally a baller and own two…) and I got it back when Stitch Fix was rocking my socks off. I see maxi dresses in fun patterns pretty much everywhere now, at all sorts of price points. This one is a bit pricey, but with the super cool pattern I would totally add it to my wish list and wait for a sale to hit: The Anthropologie Medallion Maxi Dress, currently $168. I also love this Lush racerback version over at Nordstrom Rack, and it’s only $32!

The Sweater
You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again and again and again. What can I say, the J.Crew Factory Clare cardigan is a favorite and currently on sale for $29.50.

The Belt
I haven’t really worn this dress very often because it just seems like SO much fabric and SO much print. However, I had the bright idea to throw on a belt with it this time and I really think that it makes a world of difference.

I love these stretchy belts because even though they cinch everything together, they still move with you so you don’t feel constricted throughout the day. I bought mine on super clearance at a Fossil outlet sale, but they have a similar belt at Target for $15.

I’ve been looking everywhere for more stretchy elastic belts, so if you see any please let me know!

Look #2: A Patterned Cardi + A Plain Dress

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The Cardigan
This floral printed cardigan is another item in my closet that just wasn’t getting a lot of wear. It is so easy to wear a printed dress or blouse with a solid cardigan, but for some reason a solid top and a printed cardi look a little odd to me. I decided to try pairing this one over a solid dress and belting it, and I really like how it all came together. My cardi is a brand literally called “cardigan” that I saw in person at a Nordstrom Rack a year or so ago. I found this really pretty yellow and gray version by Charter Club here and it’s currently on sale for $30. This Susina version for $25 is also really pretty.

The Dress
I bought this dress for a steal last year at TJ Maxx and the cost-per-wear is probably down to about $1 by now! In fact, I just included it in February’s My Style post. The moral of the story is, if you find a brightly colored dress that fits great for a great price, just buy it and you will totally figure out ways to wear it! This Cynthia Rowley version at TJ Maxx for $30 is similar to mine, but I haven’t seen it in person so it might be quite short. Here’s another pink dress, but this one has half-sleeves and is made out of a more structured fabric.

Look #3: The Age AND Office Appropriate Dress

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The Dress
I’ve been curious about Boden for ages and finally just ordered a few items off their website so I could blog all about it. This dress was one of those dresses and as soon as I pulled it out of the package, I knew it would get a ton of wear. I’m going to do a full review as soon as one last item arrives, but in the meantime if you are looking for a super versatile and comfortable work dress, look no further than the Boden Floral Jacquard dress.  Its on sale and there are still lots of sizes available!

Which look is your favorite? Do you like the little videos I put together with happy music?

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