4.23.2015

American Odyssey Relay


Nine days.

That's the countdown until team "Bloggin' and Joggin'" will be taking on the American Odyssey Relay. I've mentioned that I'm participating in this race a few times over the past few months and I can't believe it's finally here! Our team of 12 bloggers will be running a 200 mile course from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC. We'll each be running three legs of the relay over the course of about 36 hours from May 1-2. I'll be running a total of about 17 miles...that's like a three-quarter marathon, people! Craziness.

{NYC Running Mama}
I couldn't be more excited to be joining this awesome group of ladies in two sweaty SUVs for two days:


Jessica D (Dear Emmeline)
Jessica H (Pace of Me)
Alexis (Flecks of Lex)


We've all been training hard for the past bunch of months, so it'll be fun to see all of our hard work pay off. These ladies are the absolute best, and it's already been so great to be a part of this group! Having their accountability has been key to my training especially during the awful, terrible winter months. I've been running longer distances and faster than ever before and I attribute that to them :). I've never loved running, but training for something like this race has slowly made me come to like it, and on the really good days, even love it. When I first started running consistently seven years ago, it was hard for me to break a 10 minute mile, and I've broken 8 minute miles several times during my training...on my long runs! I honestly never thought I'd be able to say that.

{Fit Girl's Diary}

Want to follow along with our team during the race? #teamblogginjoggin will be your ticket :). We'll all be all over social media May 1 and 2. (Follow me on Instagram or Twitter for updates!)

I also can't forget to mention our amazing sponsors that are helping make this race possible for us! THANK YOU THANK YOU to the following companies:


All of my Bloggin' and Joggin' teammates all be writing recap posts the week after the race, so this won't be the last you'll hear about it. Can't wait for May 1st!


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4.21.2015

Patio Makeover Ideas {I Need Your Help!}

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some awesome small outdoor space ideas and I just can't shake the urge to get going on our little patio space now that the weather is cooperating :). I've decided I want to make it into a casual hang-out area that can double as outdoor dining space on occasion. New furniture is definitely needed to make this place inviting and comfy though.

As is always the case around here, I'm hoping to do this makeover on a tight budget and I've found three affordable "conversation sets" (which is kind of a hilarious name in my book) for our patio. I think I'm decided on what to get, but I want to throw them out there and get your opinion as well.

Here they are!

1 | Wood + White set from Bed Bath and Beyond ($249.00)
{Bed Bath and Beyond}
I love the simplicity and classic lines of this set. It seats four comfortably and has good reviews. The coffee table is a nice size to act as a dining table or ottoman and I like that it's wood and not glass - it won't show as much of the yucky-ness that inevitably shows up on outdoor furniture! The cushions look a little thin, and I worry about them looking cheap over time since they're white. Those are easily replaceable down the road though.

2 | "Shawmont" by Safavieh from All Modern ($434)

{All Modern}
This is the most expensive of the three, but I love the modern look and I'm a big fan of the gray color. The "wicker" would be really low maintenance and easy to clean - all it would need is a quick spray down with a hose. The one con? I'm not sold on the look of the coffee table in this set. I'm not sure what's up with the legs/frame with the visible bolts.

3 | Garden Oasis "Freeman" from Sears ($386)
{Sears}
Navy and white is a fantastic combo! This set looks more expensive to me than it is and the "X" style on the chairs and coffee table is pretty unique from what I've seen in my research. It looks really comfortable with those thick cushions. Like option number 2 though, I'm not crazy about the coffee table. With the glass top and a second surface below - not to mention that it's white - I worry about it showing a lot of dirt. I think it would work great on a covered porch, but maybe not so much on our patio that's exposed to all the elements.

What do y'all think? Which is your favorite?

Hopefully I'll be back with an update on how the patio is looking in a few weeks!


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4.17.2015

Lovely Links

Happy Friday, y'all! I know it's been a little quiet here on the blog lately, but I'm ok with that. I'm enjoying "real life" a ton these days especially now that the weather has turned. Priorities, people. ha!
All I want to do now is sit out on our (admittedly, sad-looking) patio and soak up the spring weather.

Before I head out to enjoy that weather again, I thought I'd drop in with my favorite links from the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!

1 | These DIY scalloped curtains Sarah made are just adorable! I can totally picture them in a kid's room too.

{Sarah M. Dorsey Designs}
2 | A well-designed nursery gets me every time. This cheery turquoise and yellow one definitely fits that bill - and it's gender neutral to boot.

{Mandarina Studio via House of Turquoise}
3 | Remember when I told y'all I wanted to try my hand at a DIY abstract? I haven't forgotten about it...and I attempted to start it this week and it looks terrible. Oh boy. I'm going to give myself a do-over and try again this weekend - hopefully with better results! Meanwhile, I really liked this tutorial from Cuckoo 4 Design on how she goes about painting these kinds of abstracts.

{Cuckoo 4 Design}
4 | I've got patio ideas swirling in my brain these days and really liked this article from Apartment Therapy on 5 Essential Elements You Need for the Ultimate Outdoor Retreat.

{Apartment Therapy}
5 | I'm totally digging Emily Henderson's "1__ 4 Ways" series. This time she started with a simple upholstered bed and made magic happen with it. Here's one example:

{Emily Henderson}
6 | It might be trendy, but whoa, this combo of gray cabinetry and brass hardware in the kitchen is lovely in my opinion. What do you think?

{Heidi Piron via The Kitchn}

Have a great weekend y'all!

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4.13.2015

Be Strong and Courageous iPhone Wallpaper + Instagram Photo


Happy Monday, y'all! I hope you had great weekends. The weather has finally turned here in Philly and what started as a very dreary week turned into an absolutely gorgeous weekend. I'm very, very thankful for that.

Today I have something very simple to share with y'all: a new iPhone wallpaper with a verse on it that has popped up in my life a lot lately. It's Joshua 1:9 and it says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." I figured that since it keeps coming up in my life and is such an encouragement to me that I'd stick it on my iPhone for awhile as my lock screen. I shared the little graphic on Instagram (do you follow me over there? @MayRicherFullerBe just joined!) last week and figured I'd pass it along to y'all in case you need a little reminder of this truth in your life.

If you'd like to download this for yourself, here are the links:




Be encouraged today, friends!



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4.09.2015

Dreaming Of...A Patio Makeover

{This Is Brick and Mortar}
There are only a couple of spaces from our Philly house y'all haven't seen on the blog yet - one of them is the 12'x12'-ish square of outdoor area we have out back. Our row house is sandwiched in the middle of a group of adjoining houses {#citylife} so the patio consists of a cinderblock-walled space with neighbors on both sides. I love having this space and we spend a lot of time out there in the warmer months. We have a couple of chairs and a bench that have lived outside, but after a really harsh winter, they're in pretty terrible shape and I think they'll be headed to a new home via free craigslist.

I think this space has so much potential and if we owned the place, I'd be planning a serious makeover to turn it into a beautiful outdoor oasis. Since we don't, in fact, own this place and will likely not be here longer than another year, I'm dreaming of a more budget-friendly, easy makeover that will make the patio into a comfortable hangout space. Being able to use that area basically doubles the size of our living room, so I'm eager to get it up to snuff.

I don't have any solid plans in place yet, but I have been gathering lots of small outdoor space inspiration. Here are some of my favorites:

*if you pin these images, PLEASE click the source link below and pin from there...give credit where credit is due! :)

{Ikea Catalog via My Paradissi}

{House and Home}
{Ikea via PopSugar}
{Jacquelyn Clark}
{Ikea}
{Oh What A Room}
{House and Home}
{Apartment Therapy}
Takeaways from these inspiration photos?

  • Form and function are both important. I'd love to incorporate comfy lounge seating as well as dining space, which could be tough with the size of the space, but many of these photos show it's possible!
  • Many of these spaces have rugs. It really warms up and gives personality to the space. I'm not sure I'm interested in adding another thing to maintain out there (somehow that area gets filthy super fast), but I love the look.
  • Plants. Preferably ones I can't kill easily.
  • Lights. We have a couple of strings of globe lights out there and I can't wait to use them more often! Ambiance, people, ambiance.
Now that spring is finally here, are y'all planning any outdoor makeovers in your homes?



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