It’s here!!

Food, Sweat and Inspiration is now…

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Come see the new place at

http://freckledlatte.com

and don’t forget to update your follows! The new blog has a different URL so if you don’t follow the new blog, you’ll miss out on all the new posts!  I’m leaving Food, Sweat and Inspiration in the dust, but I don’t want to leave my friends behind!

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The rabbit hole

One glimpse of the white rabbit…

that’s all it takes for me to go tumbling down the rabbit hole and get lost for hours

It started with a pin for business branding…

that lead to “how would I want my branding to look if I were back in business?”

which lead to “I need to brand my blog better because I don’t love how it looks”

which lead to brainstorming new blog names because not only do I not love my blog look, but I’ve never been in love with the name either

which then lead to the purchase of a domain name + website hosting + searching for a blog template

I got lost for several hours down that damn rabbit hole, but I’m excited to show you

Change is scary and uncertain, but…

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Happy New Year!

For the last couple of years we’ve let the kids stay up and ring in the New Year with us.  They think it’s awesome to stay up until midnight and get to drink sparkling cider out of wine glasses.  🙂

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My 15sec recap of 2013

My first attempt at our year in review. #flipagram made with @flipagramapp ♫ Music: Ingrid Michaelson – All Love

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Wishing you…

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from my house to yours!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or a Happy whatever you celebrate.  🙂

The month leading up to Christmas, wasn’t so happy and pleasant.  We lost a beloved grandfather and family member of my SIL was seriously injured (but will be okay).  Honestly, I couldn’t wait for the holidays to be over and start 2014.  But, the month is ending nicely.

Last week I took the kids for a quick trip to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney.  We don’t go to Disney World very often, but it’s nice to be able to have a quick getaway that the kids enjoy.

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On Christmas Eve we headed to my MIL’s and had Christmas with my husbands side of the family.  It was a tradition started before we had any kids and while it’s gotten earlier in the day through the years, this was our 15th year celebrating on Christmas Eve.  It’s a time that is just for us and we all look forward to it.  I score every year with my gifts, but this year I got this sweet Tory Burch wrap bracelet to add to my collection.

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On Christmas we unwrap all our gifts at the house and then head to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family.  This year we had two celebrations because my sister could only come up the weekend before Christmas.

We still have two extended family Christmas celebrations and then we’ll be done and ready for the new year!

May 2014 bring you much health and happiness!

Pre-Opening at Nordstrom Rack!

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Tomorrow, Jacksonville gets it’s first taste of Nordstrom via Nordstrom Rack.  The outlet version of the popular department store carries all the big name brands, but at a significant discount!  It’s a bargain shoppers dream!

Last night was the pre-opening party and while I didn’t get a direct invite, my awesome friend Erin invited me as her +1!  To say I was excited was an understatement!  I like to browse in person rather than buy online…try things on, move in them a bit, hem haw over them.  While I’ve had okay luck online shopping, shoes & jeans are two things that rarely work out, so I was uber pumped to be able to touch and feel and try on all the brands I have been drooling over online.

Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Paige Denim…just to name a few

I knew the pre-opening would be busy, but it was beyond crazy.  So busy in fact that it was hard for me to concentrate on what I wanted to look at! There were people everywhere, delicious snacks & drinks, a line 10+ people long waiting for the dressing rooms, several registers busy checking people out as well as employees walking around with handheld check out machines!

I did, however, manage to come away with a few purchases so apparently I wasn’t THAT distracted.  😉

nordstromracklootMy loot!  A plaid flannel shirt (super comfy with just the right amount of drape), a cute gold ring (only 8 bucks!) and the most epic purchase of the night…Tory Burch booties!

I know there is a ton more good stuff there that I missed so I can’t wait until it officially opens tomorrow!  There is going to be a big opening day party starting at 8am.  I want to go back, but I’m probably better off waiting a couple of weeks until the craziness dies down.

I’m not a writer, but I play one online

I found a super cool blog a few months ago that’s about all things Jax.  It’s called Somewhere in the City and they highlight people, food and places within the city.  As a Jacksonville native who doesn’t know near as much about this city as I should, I like learning about new local people and places.

They put a call out for guest bloggers recently and I answered!  My guest post on my new IRL friend & fellow blogger, Erin, is up today!

Ch..ch..check it out….

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First day of school = Wahoooooo!

It’s the first day of school!  Woot woot!!  Back to Starbucks lattes & browsing Target alone, back to doing whatever the heck I want to during the day, back to working out, back to eating lunch while catching up on an adult tv show, back to reading a book midday with no interruptions…the list goes on, but you get the idea.

Don’t get me wrong.  Seeing the kids grow up is bittersweet.  I already long for their toddler days where we just hung out together and Eric & I were the most important things in the world to them.  I loved teaching them the alphabet, making farm animal noises and having little toddler conversations.  I know I’m biased and all, but they were pretty sweet back then.  So filled with wonder and excitement.

But, time flies…and they grow older…

Gone are the days that I can do the tiniest thing and have C erupt in a fit of giggles…Now if I do something silly, she just gives me a look and tells me I’m not funny or looks at me with a “you’re a dork” look

Gone are the days that I rock H to sleep as he snuggles into my arms…he still snuggles for a minute now, but it’s not the same

They can’t stay little forever though, nor would I want them to.  I like that they are getting older.  They are growing and changing into little adults that I am proud to call my own.

My big 7th grader will be 13 in a few weeks and while most days she is still that sweet girl I remember, there are other days when her inner teen is unleashed.  She is a bright, talented, empathetic, loving little lady and I’m excited to see the woman she will become.  I know she’s gonna be amazing!

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H is a safety patrol in 5th grade this year.  Last year was the first year that I didn’t take BOTH of the kids to school and walk them in.  This year is the first year that I didn’t walk either of them in.  I watched C drive away with daddy and I dropped H off in the car line because he had to report for safety patrol duty.  It felt wrong.  Like a bad dream where you’re doing something so strange and not at all what you’re supposed to be doing.  School doesn’t start until 9am, but when I dropped H off at 8:25, there was a huge crowd of parents & students waiting to get into the building.  It felt very weird to just drop him off, but I knew that getting out and going up to the door was pointless.  It was sad to just tell him goodbye on his way out of the car though. 😦

He has always been my baby boy.  He was a bit of a high maintenance little dude when he was younger and even though he drove me insane sometimes, I think I like that he “need”ed me so much.  I have to say though, he’s growing into quite the little man…smart, handsome, funny, talented, driven and chivalrous…I couldn’t ask for more!

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