Time to try a2 milk

“This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Some of you have been asking about a2 Milk® since my previous blog post, so I wanted to make sure you had a chance to try it out for yourself!

The a2 Milk Company™ has a receipt-redemption offer for the first 1000 recipients at http://trya2milk.com/. This way you can try it out risk free! While you’re there, you can also enter to win a trip down under to Australia! (That’s where the first a2 Milk® herd was located!)

As for our a2 Milk® intake… well it isn’t slowing down!  

It’s Monday, and I’m running through the grocery store at 5:45 like a madwoman trying to grab things for dinner that night and for the rest of the week. (Why I didn’t shop on Sunday is always a mystery to me!) As I’m traversing the store with Miss L on my heels, she halts in front of the refrigerated section and yells, “WAIT MOM! We need more a2 Milk®!”

I’m pretty certain about 6 people turned to look at us, as they probably had no clue what we were talking about. I turned on my heels and reached out to grab a carton from the shelf. That’s when another woman my age, who had obviously heard Miss L’s loud declaration moments earlier, asked me what it was.

“Oh, it’s regular milk, but instead of having the A1 protein that bothers a lot of people’s stomachs, it has the A2 protein. I’m not lactose intolerant, but I can’t drink a lot of regular milk without getting ill. And now I don’t have that issue with this milk. Oh… and my daughter loves it!”

The woman nodded her head a little, said thanks, and as I walked away I saw her reach back and grab a carton as well.

And if I’m telling people in the store about a2 Milk®, and telling you about it, then it must mean we’re pretty hooked on it. I just hope all the new A2 cows in the midwest and upstate New York can keep up with our family’s demand!

We usually just have a little container of milk in the house that usually expires before we get to use it all. But now, we’re going through milk like crazy!

We’ve got it in our cereal in the morning.

And for those awesome chocolate milk breaks in the afternoon, or after a workout! (Seriously though… I could never indulge in chocolate milk post-runs because it killed my stomach after… and now I’m good to gulp it down!

We even have a2 Milk® to grab when someone eats a little too much jalapeño with their evening appetizers! (“MOM! Grab the milk now!!!”)

We’re lucky now that our uber-local grocery store, Nugget Market, now carries a2 Milk® , but if you can’t find it in your local store, use this store locator link: https://a2milk.com/find/.

I hope your tummy benefits as much as ours has by switching to a2 milk and that you get to enjoy having more milk in your diet without the discomfort!


Spring Break 2016: Williamsburg


After our lovely visit to Palmetto Bluff, SC, we left the deep south and headed up to Williamsburg, VA. Mr. M remembered Colonial Williamsburg fondly from trips as a kid, and thought Miss L would get a kick out of it. She became obsessed with George Washington during their Kindergarten unit, so he thought spending a day in the Revolutionary Era might excite her.

We had dinner reservations set for Sunday evening in Colonial Williamsburg at The King’s Arm Tavern, so we left around 9am and drove Interstate 85 most of the way. After our final pit stop around 3:30, I consulted Waze to see what route it recommended. One option was continue on Interstates, and I believe I described the other way as “adventurous.” Given those choices, Mr. M opted for adventure, so we headed off onto country backroads and through the farm fields of Virginia. Continue Reading


happy Mother’s Day movie

It’s a very rare Tuesday night when two moms can escape the to the movies for a girl’s night out… but that’s exactly what happened this week! I had the opportunity to see a screening of the new film, Mother’s Day, and decided that a girl date was definitely in order!

So, my friend C and I escaped from our houses at 5:30pm, went out to enjoy some Mongolian BBQ (yum!) and snuck into the theater just in time for the screening to start! It certainly didn’t hurt that Tuesday is some magical ½-price popcorn day at Regal Theaters… a fact that my popcorn-obsessed self REALLY didn’t need to know… so we got some of that and some Junior Mints and settled down in the back row of the theater to watch.

And over the next two hours, we laughed/cried/tried not to cry/smiled and genuinely enjoyed watching some of our favorites (Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts will never do me wrong) portray Moms in all shapes and sizes on the big screen. And when I walked out, I definitely felt proud to be labeled “Mom” and included in the crazy mess that is life.

When I got home later that night (you know… after Miss L’s bedtime!), I found a big green ProFlowers box on my doorstep. And when I opened it up, I found this gorgeous Mother’s Day movie bouquet flower arrangement and vase based on the film. So I guess I get the opportunity to celebrate our special Mom’s Day from now all the way up until the real day on May 8th!

Needless to say, I had quite a lovely Tuesday night with a movie night out with a friend and fresh flowers to share in my house! It made me realize just how it is truly the little things that lift you up and change the normal humdrum Monday-Friday work week into something special… and that I should probably schedule those in more often on the calendar!

Why don’t you look in your calendar and see what little escape you can make this next week to treat yourself (especially Moms!)… or if that isn’t in the cards, maybe just grab an extra bouquet of flowers at your Farmers Market or grocery store to treat yourself. I swear you’ll instantly feel special and it’s definitely going to get a big smile out of you!

Happy (early) Mother’s Day everyone!


Spring Break 2016: Palmetto Bluff

Now that Miss L is in Kindergarten, our opportunities for vacations only fall into four categories: long holiday weekends, Christmas break, Spring break and summer. Suddenly the options aren’t so limitless, and the airfare rates are just plain diabolical! But we decided that we’d kick off her first official school year with a Spring Break full of memories… so we headed to the east coast for quite the excursion!

We started our trip near Bluffton, South Carolina (via Savannnah/Hilton Head International airport) to spend a weekend with friends who’d left Sacramento for the slow and easy Southern resort life.

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still more to migraine than meets the eye

I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating.

Two weeks ago, I took a sick day in the middle of the week. And as I was writing an email to my boss to explain my absence, I felt myself hesitate when I typed out “I’m suffering from a migraine…” because I didn’t know if that would be seen as a legitimate excuse. You never really know what people think when they hear the word “migraine,” but my assumption is usually that they play it off as just a bad headache and a weak excuse for calling in sick. But as I’ve explained before, a sick day with a migraine really is so much more than just a headache.

Here’s just how that morning went:


I woke up and got out of bed, but was walking through those first few minutes in a complete haze.

Maybe I just need to hop in the shower?

Ten minutes later, after barely remembering to wash out the conditioner, I realize that something might be up.

Walk into the closet. The urge to select the softest shirt and the comfiest skirt overwhelm me.


Is it allergies? Walk downstairs and try treating that.

Get breakfast for Miss L. Get breakfast for Lincoln. Have zero urge for any coffee and definitely no interest in food.



Look in the mirror at my scrunched up face. Realize that it’s not scrunched up at all. But I look tired. And it’s hard to focus.

Write the “I’m sick” email to my boss.  And go get out my migraine bag of tricks and cross my fingers that you can keep the light and noise sensitivity and nausea at bay.

Each time that an unexpected migraine hits, I have a little set of motions I go through and definitely my bag of tricks. I think about what might have caused it, and then, based on that, what I can do to keep its effects at a minimum. If you don’t have a set routine down, here are some tips for you to keep in mind the next time you suffer from a migraine:

  • Keep a migraine diary to record your daily activities and identify patterns
    in what preceded a migraine.

  • Make note of what potentially triggers your migraine; avoiding these things
    may lessen the frequency and/or severity of your migraine.

  • In addition to your doctor-prescribed treatment create a migraine “kit” to
    prepare for a sudden attack. For example, sunglasses can help with light
    sensitivity, and a plastic bag or basin may be necessary if any nausea or
    vomiting occurs.

For more information and to find out how there’s #MoreToMigraine that everyone should know, visit MoreToMigraine.com.