Memorial Day Stories: Grave Hopping at Pioneer Cemeteries in Oregon


In our family, Memorial Day is about honoring the dead by touring the pioneer cemeteries where at least five generations of ancestors, who traveled by covered wagon to Oregon, are resting in Peace. We listen to stories and remember to stick the flags into the grassy dirt, softened by months of rain, at the head […]

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On June 1, 2011, in Family, by juliejulie

My (Ridiculous) Life with Dogs: Living with a Papillon and a Weimaranar


Pierre the puppy is a Papillon. He’s not a butterfly, despite his big ears, he’s a dog. He’s not a baby, although he likes being held like one. He’s sweet and cute and smart and often very loud and annoying. So maybe he’s more like a toddler? Sadie is a Weimaranar, just like those dogs […]

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On May 27, 2011, in Dogs, Family, by juliejulie

Sharing Sexy, Healthy Shoes: Alana the Pink Oh! Goes to Washington, DC


Why yes, I did take the cute pink Oh! shoes to Washington, DC after my trip to FitBloggin, to see the tourist attractions! And yes, I made strangers try them on to prove how comfortable they are. And of course I made a raft out of water bottles and duct tape so I could float them […]

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On May 26, 2011, in Fashion, Fitness Adventures, Travel, by juliejulie

Meeting in Real Life: Why I Went to the FitBloggin’ Blogger’s Conference


The thing about a conference like Fitbloggin’ is it makes you feel real. When you write about health and wellness, about fitness and weight loss, things get personal. We are sharing stories about our bodies, after all, and how our legs and arms and stomachs feel about getting off the couch, carrying babies (if we […]

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On May 25, 2011, in Health and Wellness, Travel, by juliejulie

My Trip to Baltimore: Cute Shoes and Cute Girls at Fitbloggin


I came, I walked, I talked, I got people to try on the cute pink shoes, and I remembered how lucky I am to be part of this amazing online community of bloggers I call friends. I’ll tell you the long story this afternoon when I’m stuck at the airport in Minneapolis, but for now, […]

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On May 24, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Travel, by juliejulie

Oh Shoes! – Oh My! Sexy, Healthy, High Heels? Yes! Let’s have a shoe party


I do love my old, worn out, comfortable mommy Dansko clogs, but let’s face it: they’re just not very sexy. And we all know it. But sexy shoes are bad for your feet. And knees. And hips. Right? Well…have I got news for you, people! There’s a new sexy, healthy high heel out there, from […]

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On May 19, 2011, in Fashion, Sponsors, by juliejulie

Road Trip! I’m going to the FitBloggin’ Conference in Baltimore


I do love a good blogging conference, especially one filled with great writers, and I give bonus points for healthy lifestyle, fitness and food writers! So OF COURSE I’m going to the FitBloggin11 conference this weekend in Baltimore, MD. And, I’ve been asked to speak on the Building Community Panel, along with these amazing women: […]

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On May 17, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Travel, by juliejulie

How to ride a bike: newbie tips and tricks for triathlons and bike races


I learned to ride a bike when I as five, but I just unlearned most of it on Friday, after my first triathlon bike race lesson from Coach Robin. They say you never forget how to ride a bike, but maybe they’re not Iron Girl triathletes or bike racers? I was a little scared to […]

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On May 15, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Triathlon, by juliejulie

Why Yoga Makes Me Cry


In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a journey this past year. We moved. Twice. So there’s that. I helped the family get settled, and now I’m networking my way into a new community for work, finding old friends and making new ones, and starting the Chubby Mommy Running Club in […]

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On May 14, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Health and Wellness, Middle-aged Angst, by juliejulie

Why I’m Addicted to Social Media: Christopher Hitchens, Alice Bradley, and Sarah, a Marine’s Wife


The thing about Twitter and Facebook, for me, is the stories. I see an ongoing stream of big and little stories roll along, from top to bottom, all day, and all night, day after day, right here in my living room, and anywhere I’m willing to take out my phone, which always travels in my […]

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On May 11, 2011, in Middle-aged Angst, by juliejulie
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