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Melissa
madison, wi
wife, scrapbooker, runner, badger, social media geek, reader
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We sold our house in 24 hours this week after receiving 4 offers. I'm still trying to comprehend it. It's bittersweet for us. This was our first house, and where Philly was born. We also put SO much work into this house - blood, sweat, and tears. I'm excited for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at life, scraps & ink
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In September, I successfully completed a Whole30. With a 3-month old. And went back to work halfway through. I know what you are thinking - and no, I’m not crazy. Just determined. And it turns out that sticking with a Whole30 was just what my body - and mind -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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Dear Mel, This is me, well, that is, you, from the future. We have a beautiful little girl named Philomena - but, you already knew that. There are a couple things I've learned in the last 3 months that I thought would be helpful for you to know. So throw... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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Summer time is the perfect season for yummy salads! But the whole lettuce, veggie, protein show can get a little mundane, so here are some of our favorite salads that we eat regularly. Brussels Sprout Salad We eat this salad at least once a week. It's crunchy and fresh -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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After two weeks of the blissful newborn haze, I'm finally sitting down to write our daughter's birth story. Birthing Philomena is by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life...and the most rewarding. I now understand that it's something that you just can't explain to someone who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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Today is our due date. Hooray! I can still recall the second I found out I was pregnant - 6am on Friday, September 26, 2014. I came out of the bathroom, and simply said, "Tim?" And he woke immediately with "Really?!" I'm incredibly grateful and blessed that we've reached 40... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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Let the countdown begin. The end of a pregnancy is strange to me - especially as a Type A planner. Really, at any point, she could decide that she's ready. Or, she could decide that she needs longer to cook. So, between now, and mid-June, we are in this weird... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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And here we are, under the 8 week mark - if you count June 3 as our due date (or in yoga, we call it our guess date). In our birth class, she told us to "change" our due date to 7 days later to set mental expectations.....so, our "new"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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We are coming up to 2 years after discovering the Primal/Paleo lifestyle. You can read my first post on it here. Have we been strict for 2 years? Definitely not. The whole pregnancy thing kinda threw a wrench in it for me, and as much as I tried, I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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So, I haven't done one of these yet....and I'm one week out from my 3rd trimester. I'd like to be more consistent with these leading up to the big day! When they say it goes fast, they aren't kidding. It's really hard to believe that we are only 12ish weeks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, good health, and peace. Related articles willpower. running highs and lows. a long six months. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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simple. Every year, I choose a word to try and embody every year. This year, simple speaks to me. Image from: susancorso.com sim·ple adjective \ˈsim-pəl\ : not hard to understand or do : having few parts : not complex or fancy : not special or unusual 2014 was a challenging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
Lately, I feel like I've been moving at warp speed, and not taking time to focus on one area, or even enjoy the art of doing nothing (what is that?). Hence, why I haven't blogged in 4 months...again. I always said I would only do this when I felt inspired... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at life, scraps & ink
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Tomorrow is the Madison Mini. My absolute favorite race of the year. And I've decided to not run it. I'm still trying to heal some injuries, including a new hip pain that just hurts to walk. So even though I could probably grunt through it, I fear that would set... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at life, scraps & ink
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Running low: being injured is tough. It's tough mentally, and obviously, physically. Especially when you ran a PR marathon 8 months ago (running high!) But...maybe that's the reason for the injury. Chicago Marathon, October 2013 After my last 20 mile training run last September, I was flat on my couch,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at life, scraps & ink
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Oh hi, there! I'm back from my blog sabbatical. My last post was January 1, 2014. And that feels like it was 2 years ago. It's been a challenging six months - and I couldn't blog about it. And writing about trivial things in life felt...well, trivial. And superficial. So... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at life, scraps & ink
Thanks, Mari, you are so kind!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on race report: chicago marathon at life, scraps & ink
Thanks Kelsey! Sorry for the late reply. I took a blog sabbatical. :) Hope your half went well!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on (healthy) monday thoughts. at life, scraps & ink
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This year, my one little word is: explore. ex·plore verb \ik-ˈsplȯr\ : to look at (something) in a careful way to learn more about it : to study or analyze (something) : to talk or think about (something) in a thoughtful and detailed way : to learn about (something) by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at life, scraps & ink
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Thanks for reading! Here were the most popular posts this year. 1. Primal Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 2. A Runner's Story of Going Primal Blueprint 3. Crockpot Cuban Picadillo 4. Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream 5. How to Make Primal Pizza 6. Race Report: Madison Spring Half Marathon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at life, scraps & ink
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As I've missed every Monday in December, here's a massive compilation of Christmas Thoughts in photos. I've taken on some more responsibility at work, so I tabled blog posts for a while. It was worth it - we worked hard to launch a new website, new messaging and positioning, new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at life, scraps & ink
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I hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe, and joy-filled holidays. Merry Christmas! photo by S. Photography & design from shutterfly Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at life, scraps & ink
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So I missed Monday....and the two Mondays before that. You can always tell when things at work get busy when.... In celebration of Thanksgiving this week, this will be a thankful post full of thankful thoughts. 1. I am thankful for good friends. We hosted our annual Friendsgiving last weekend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at life, scraps & ink
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1. It's slightly shocking to me that it's November. Where did October go? And the red cups are out. Starbucks is encouraging everyone to #sharethejoy. 2. I just spent the entire weekend with three wonderful girls (and one friend's husband). I feel incredibly lucky to have these gals in my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at life, scraps & ink
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So, turns out I had pneumonia. And also lost most of October in the process. But, I'm finally on the mend, thank goodness to modern medicine. 1. I have not run once since the Chicago Marathon. I miss it. I'm looking forward to feeling 100% so I can take advantage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at life, scraps & ink