Ava and Mama Ava

What sounds super fun to do on an 80 degree morning?  Take pictures in long sleeved shirts!  I’m getting a head start on my fall wardrobe with the new pattern from Made for Mermaids.  The Ava and Mama Ava patterns are the perfect relaxed fit top and tunic to go with all your leggings and skinny jeans this fall!

Mama Ava from Made for MermaidsI sewed up this v-neck sweater knit in the top length to pair with skinny jeans. It’s going to be so cozy this winter! 

Made for Mermaids Mama AvaI love the relaxed fit without feeling sloppy. 

Made for Mermaids AvaAnd how cute is this curved hem tunic on Cupcake?  Oh, this is the perfect top for leggings!  And I just loved this striped fabric and knew she would, too.  This is her new favorite shirt!

Made for Mermaids AvaI love this one on her, too!  The key to this top is fabric choice!  You need something drapey and flowy!  This rayon/spandex blend is exactly that! 

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for MermaidsCupcake didn’t love this one as much as the other, until she saw momma had a matching shirt! 

There are 2 neckline options, 3 hemline options and 3 sleeve length options with this pattern.  So you can mix and match for your perfect combination.

Mama Ava by Made for MermaidsThis is such a fast sew and on sale through Sunday, so you should head over and pick up these patterns before then!  Buy one or buy both in a specially priced bundle!

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for Mermaids


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Friday Fitness: Triathlon Recap

So last week I mentioned that I had signed up for a triathlon.  I wavered quite a bit on whether or not to sign up for it and in the end I’m so glad I did!!  The event was a small, local race, right here in my hometown.  It was a sprint tri, but instead of swimming the first leg was paddling.  As a solo participant I was in a kayak.  (Doubles were in a canoe).  I have some kayaking experience as my in laws now have a kayak at the lake house!  It’s so fun kayaking on a quiet lake in the morning.  But this wasn’t a quiet lake.

20160821_074421This was a moving river.  And there were lots of other people in it.  And even though I rented a recreational kayak when I arrived at the start line all that was left were the performance kayaks.  In talking with some guys at the starting line there were 4 kayaks dropped off and the guys grabbed the first two (the recreational kayaks) and left the other two (much larger kayaks) for me and another girl.  I tried to convince them to trade since the store I rented it from picked a kayak for me based on my size (which was smaller than those two guys!) but they weren’t having it.  So I was stuck with a kayak that was much larger than anticipated.  I was having a hard time keeping it straight and almost ran into about 6 people.  I felt so bad! It took me about a mile of the 2.5 mile course to get comfortable with the kayak and find my groove (and start passing people). 

Based on my practice runs I thought it would take me about 40 minutes to go 2.5 miles.  My time was 32:27, which included  transition time. 

After getting out of the water I had to haul my kayak to the grass across the path and then head out on the run.  I took off running, but then realized I forgot to take my life jacket off!  So I had to circle back, toss the life jacket back in the kayak and then take off on the run! 

The run was a 5K.  It was on the bike path that I run a lot!  It’s a pretty flat path so it made for a quick run!

image257I finished in 26:12 (8:27 min/mile) which is only 5 seconds over my 5K PR.  Not too shabby! 

The bike part made me a little nervous.  I really wish I’d have taken a picture of my yellow cruiser bike on the rack with all those legit looking bikes.  My transition time was only 32 seconds since all I really had to do was put my helmet on, get my bike off the rack and walk it out of transition (and panic for a moment!).  I hopped on my bike ready to tackle 10 miles.  I peddled my little heart out.  And so many times I wished I had more than 7 gears on my bike.  My legs were working double time and not getting me very far because again, the course was pretty flat!

image415I loved that the course was an out and back because I got to see all of my friends as I was riding so it was fun cheering for each other along the way (I also saw them canoeing while I was running and we were yelling back and forth to each other!).  I figured it would take me about 45 minutes to complete the cycling portion and I came in at 42:01.  Pretty close.  It would’ve been faster if I’d have had more gears. 

My overall time was 1:41:07, which was almost 20 minutes faster than I thought it would be.  Although I really had no goals or expectations for completion time as it was my first triathlon.  So I’m very happy with it. 

Luckily the weather was great that morning (a little humidity, but not nearly as hot or humid as it has been).  And the small event meant that I wasn’t fighting for space.  It also helped having some friends there, some experienced at triathlons, and some first timers like me.  We all loved the event and would definitely do it again next year.  And I think we’ve got some other people excited about it, too.

20160821_094000Hopefully I can get some more time in at the pool this winter so I can try a swimming triathlon next year because that was so fun!

Sew Caroline’s Magnolia Shorts

Last week I did a little more pattern testing for Sew Caroline.  Her new Magnolia Shorts pattern is now live and on sale through the end of month.  Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI made this pair in a very flowy rayon spandex knit I found at Joann’s.  This pattern is designed for flowy fabrics, such as voile, rayon, or guaze.  Something with a great drape. That’s what makes these shorts look more like a skirt!

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI wore these to IKEA one day and a friend thought it was a skirt.  She was surprised to learn I was actually wearing shorts.  And since I was wearing shorts I was super comfy! 

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsThese are a wonderful addition to my mom wardrobe!  I feel put together wearing them, but comfortably so!  I can keep up with the kiddos without worrying about flashing an audience. 

I’m hoping I can find some time to whip up another pair soon! Probably something in a solid color fabric to pair with fun tops.  So if you’re looking for a fun addition to your wardrobe pick up this pattern while it’s on sale!


Behind the scenes.  Pumpkin wanted in on the photoshoot, too.

Sew Caroline's Magnolia Shorts

Friday Fitness: I’m Going to Tri

Happy Friday!!!  This was the first full week of school for my big kid and my little one had a few half days.  And I think I can get used to this new routine!

Friday I headed to the Y for Group Power.  I was tired from previous days’ workouts, but I pushed through and got my lift on.  My legs were quite worn out in the end!

Saturday I met up with my MRTT girls for our long run.  I haven’t run more than 5 or 6 miles since the She Power Half Marathon in June, but my girl Lindsay had 8 on her agenda, so I tagged along.  It was crazy humid outside, which made it hard to breathe.  It was definitely a rough run (10:04 min/mile).

Saturday Group Run

Sunday was a rest day.

Monday I would normally go to Group Power, but Pumpkin had her preschool screening, so I squeezed in a T25 video between getting Cupcake on the bus and taking Pumpkin to school.

Tuesday I went for an afternoon run while Cupcake was at an appointment.  Pumpkin stayed home with daddy, so I was able to run stroller free.  But not rain free.  Most of the 4 (8:49 min/mile) miles was run in the rain, particularly mile 2. It was hitting me right in the face.  But the cooler temperatures that came with the rain were very welcome!

Running in the rain

Wednesday I headed to CSI (Cardio Strength Intervals) after dropping Pumpkin off for her first day of preschool.  All the legs. It was a great workout.  But I somehow managed to  run 4 trail miles later that evening.  There was lots of mud after 4 days of rain and we had a great time.  We were also having some fun with a Wacky Wednesday theme and got a little funky with our outfits. 

Wacky Wednesday

Thursday I joined my girl, Lindsay again for a morning run and MRTT chapter leader meeting.  She was pushing the double stroller through the very hilly neighborhood, so we took it at a nice easy pace.  It was a great social run and just what my sore muscles needed. 

This weekend I have big plans.  We have our MRTT Summer Virtual race on Saturday and on Sunday I’m going to do my first triathlon!!!  I signed up a bit on a whim and I’m super excited, but also super nervous.  I’ve been wanting to do a tri, but wasn’t sure I was ready.  My swimming still needs some work.  Well, this isn’t a swimming tri.  It’s a paddle tri!  So I’ll be kayaking, running and biking.  I made sure to get some kayaking practice in the last time we were at the lake and I think I can handle this.  I’ve got a few other friends participating with me, so I’m looking forward to cheering each other on.  I’ll be sure to give you the recap next week!

Back to School Dresses

It’s hard to believe but school has started around here!  My Cupcake is a first grader this year!  She goes to school all day!  She’s loving it so far.  Though I think lunch is her favorite part of the day.  And my Pumpkin headed off to her first day of preschool yesterday!  I can’t even believe it!  Though it should come as no surprise as she is almost 4!  So, in preparation for their big days momma got sewing!  I found the cutest pencil fabric and knew I had to have it for first day of school dresses.  And it was the perfect time to finally try out the Harper Dress from Made for Mermaids.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressI let the girls pick out what color fabric they wanted for the bodice and they both picked pink.  I was kind of hoping one of them would pick a teal blue, but they said pink.  So pink it was!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressCupcake loved how full the skirt was.  She’s not usually a girly girl, but she loves this dress!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd I added a fun pop of color with the buttons.  So cute!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd the twirl factor! Cupcake approved!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressExcuse the seriousness of Pumpkin, but she wasn’t too sure about this school thing.  She was very slow to get moving yesterday morning.  She hid from me when she woke up.  And well, it was raining, so that didn’t help.  But those cheeks!  Those are some kissable cheeks.  Back to the dress.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressThe flutters and the pintucks are such sweet details!  And even though the pintucks take some extra time they are so worth it! 

Made for Mermaids Harper DressPumpkin approves of the twirl factor as well.  And coming from her that means a lot!  She is the twirly dress expert! 

Both girls had great starts to the school year and they both looked adorable! 


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