1 In Kids/ Life

Why We Put our Two Year Old in Dance – Our Bella Ballerina Experience

I must preface this post by saying that I have little to no dance experience. Growing up I did competitive cheer and softball so I had no idea what to expect from dance class. But from early on we knew we had a dancer on our hands with Elise. As a little baby, she loved music (as most babies do) but as soon as she could stand she was dancing! We joke that she was dancing before she could walk!…

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Our Visit To Brambleton

About Brambleton Over the Summer break, we had the opportunity to visit a unique community here in the Northern Virginia area called Brambleton. Brambleton is located in Ashburn, Virginia and is a community like no other in the area. In the middle of the beautiful homes of Brambleton’s sits a town center with restaurants, shops, local business, and even a movie theater! How cool is it to be able to walk to all your dining, entertainment and shopping needs?! But…

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To My Big Kid On Your First Day Back To School

Today you enter the 3rd grade and by all accounts, I should kinda be a pro at this back to school thing. Well, I am in the sense that I have your lunch packed, your important papers signed and ready to be delivered to your teacher, and all your new clothes laid out for you. But today my emotions hit me like the day I sent you off to kindergarten. I look at you and I see you all grown…

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How to Cope While Your Husband Travels

Here I am entering week two of four of my husband being away for Army Training. But I have to be honest it is feeling much more like week four but we are surviving. Whenever I share that my husband is traveling I always have people telling me they couldn’t do it themselves. While yes it is very hard, it is also something you just have to put your big girl pants on and deal with! When I was thinking…

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1 In Kids/ Local

Our Swim Lessons at Tom Dolan Swim School

Swim Lessons At The Tom Dolan Swim School The summer season is here and that means pool time! We absolutely love spending our days at the pool. Unfortunately, this season also brings the stark reminder that drowning is the number one cause of death of kids between the ages of 1-4 according to the CDC. This statistic is downright frightening to me. My parents have a pool and we visit our community pool often so I want my kids to have confidence…

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A Healthy Snack Plan For Summer

This post is sponsored by Happy Family at Target but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Healthy Snack Plan I don’t know about you but my kids are always asking about snacks. In fact this morning the first thing Elise said when I got her from her room was “I have snack?” Girl, it is 8:00 am, no you can not have a snack! With summer break approaching in less than 10 days, I know I need to…

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A Mom’s Guide to Visiting Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion Tucked away in Central Virginia is this magical place of fun called Kings Dominion Park. After living in Virginia for the past 4 years I’m kicking myself for not visiting Kings Dominion sooner! With over 60 rides and attractions and a 20-acre waterpark, King Dominion has something for everyone! The park continues to grow and this year they added a new roller coaster, the Twisted Timbers.  The park is beautifully landscaped with stunning gardens and water fountain ponds. You feel…

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What Mom Really Wants This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is only a few days away and if you are a procrastinator (no judgment here because I am one of the biggest procrastinators out there) and don’t have a Mother’s Day gift for the Mom in your life then I’m here to help you. I’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day since I found out I was pregnant in 2009. Every year my husband and kids have spoiled me there is no doubt about that. The problem is I can’t remember what it…

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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

  Finally! The spring weather has arrived in Virginia after a long…looong winter! I don’t know about you but spring is so exciting to me! I fill my house with tulips, crack the windows open, and deeply clean and organize the house. Something about the welcomed warmer temps just gets me in the mood to clean and organize! Today I’m sharing some of my spring cleaning and organizing tips and tricks with you that I have found to be very helpful in welcoming…

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Spring Beauty Favorites

This post may contain affiliate links. You are not charged extra when you click any of my links to purchase a product but I do receive a small commission. Your support keeps my blog going and my family happy! As always, thank you for supporting me and Running On Love and Caffeine!  SPRING BEAUTY FAVORITES Spring weather is finally here! Well to be honest it seems like we just skipped spring all together! We went from a long cold winter…

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An Open Letter to Toys R US

Dear Toys R Us, I heard the news and my heart just broke. Instantly the memories of you came flooding in and a little jingle played in my head… ” I don’t wanna grow up I’m a Toys R Us Kid…”  How could this be? How could this happen? Say it isn’t so! Our beloved childhood toy store has to go! You were there for us during the best of times. Our birthdays when we got to spend our birthday money or gift certificate…

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On Turning Thirty

  It’s crazy to think that it has been a whole decade since I turned twenty. For many reasons, this last decade has felt like a lifetime. When I first thought about turning thirty a few years ago I was not looking forward to it in the least bit. Mainly because it meant saying goodbye to my youth, or so they say. But now as I have turned thirty I am more excited than ever for what lies ahead. This newfound excitement for…

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Incredibundles Diapers For A Year Giveaway!!

Incredibundles Diapers For A Year Giveaway!! Hello loves! I hope you are all doing well and ready for the new month. As we close on the month of love, I wanted to share some love with Y’all! I have previously shared my love for IncrediBundles in a previous post here and how much we love the toddler gift bundle we received! That’s why I wanted to write this post to share with you this AWESOME giveaway from Incredibundles of A YEAR of…

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2 In Life/ Reviews

Skin Care Tips with Dove + My Personal Story and Review

This post is sponsored by Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. All opinions are of course my own. Skin Care Tips with Dove + My Personal Story and Review I recently did a poll on my Instagram asking you all that you would like to see me blog more about this year and one of the biggest requests I got was for beauty tips/must haves. That got me to thinking, what is the one beauty item that I cannot live without and…

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3 In Kids/ Life

The Truth and Reality of a Complicated Pregnancy

**Trigger Warning- This post talks about high-risk pregnancy & pregnancy loss and might be a sensitive issue for some readers** The Truth and Reality of a Complicated  Pregnancy We as Moms will always remember the day we found out we were pregnant. With both kids, mine brought a different set of emotions but nonetheless I was happy and excited to begin this new journey. My pregnancy with my first born was pretty typical and I might dare even say easy…

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Toddler Eating Tips and Tricks With Re-Play Recycled

Toddler Eating Tips & Tricks With Re-Play Recycled It didn’t take Elise long before she was ready to eat solids like her big brother. Soon she refused to sit in the high chair and wanted to sit at the table with the rest of us so we bought her a booster seat and mealtime has been pretty smooth sailing ever since. Luckily both my kids LOVE to eat and are not that picky of eaters. I often get asked how…

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Giving The Gift of Time With JORD Watches

Giving The Gift of Time With JORD Watches Ok, so If you are like me and you are still Christmas shopping then here let me give this guide to you as a virtual hug to say ” I got you covered”! The two hardest people to shop for in my family are my Dad and my husband. For one I don’t know if your husband or Dad is like mine and say “I don’t need anything” and two, you struggle to find…

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Why I Go Overboard For Christmas

Why I Go Overboard For Christmas I woke up this morning with so much excitement and it was all thanks to my son’s own excitement that was so contagious he had us all up and ready like never before. It is December 1st the start of the happiest month of the year and the arrival of his beloved Elf Chippy. Every year the night before December first Mike and I set up the table in our kitchen for Chippy’s annual arrival…

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Raising Kids To Be Grateful All Year Round

Raising Kids To Be Grateful All Year Round  It’s finally here the week of Thanksgiving is upon us. It was President Abraham Lincoln who dedicated the last Thursday in November to a day of Thanksgiving in America. This time of year gives us a time to reflect on all that we have to be Thankful for. I truly believe we all have at least one thing we can be Thankful for but when we really examine our lives we can find so much…

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20 Random Facts About Me

Hello Friends, I’m so glad you came here to learn a little bit more about me, the girl behind Running on Love and Caffeine! I can’t believe I launched this little blog of mine 5 months ago! Time really flies when you are having fun! I wasn’t really sure of where this blog would take me all I knew was that I wanted to write to hopefully help and inspire other Moms and women in general on a bigger platform.…

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13 In Holiday/ Kids/ Life/ Uncategorized

The Perfect Baby Gift- Incredibundles Review + Giveaway

This post by is sponsored by Incredibundles but as always, all thoughts and reviews are of my own honest opinions. Thank you for supporting brands that support my blog! The Perfect Baby Gift-Incredibundles Review + Giveaway  Alright this is it everyone, I have found the holy grail of baby gifts! If you are like me then you are finding that your social media news feed is flooded with pregnancy and birth announcements. It is my absolute favorite thing to see pop…

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19 In DIY/ Holiday/ Kids/ Recipes

Spooky Graveyard Cupcakes

 These quick and easy Halloween themed graveyard cupcakes are sure to WOW your guests and you won’t believe how simple and fun they are to make! Halloween to me is the start of the holiday season. Halloween is when all the fun beings and we start doing seasonal things as a family. There are movies to watch, school functions to attend, parties to have, fun places to visit to get you in the spirit, and of course themed treats to…

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Being An Age Gap Mom

The Reality I have been blessed with two beautiful children with two completely different personalities and one big age gap between them…or at least considered big by today’s norm. It was never my intention to have an age gap but it was just the cards we were dealt. I grew up with my siblings being 2 and 3 years apart from me and although there were many times we fought we have this incredible bond. My parents gave us the…

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What I Choose to Tell My Child About The Recent Tragedy And Why

I’m going to be honest and say that I hate that I am writing this because that means something awful has happened, yet again. We are grieving as a Nation and trying to make sense of such a senseless act. My heart just hurts and I can’t get the thoughts of what occurred in Las Vegas out of my head. I am sad that so many of us no longer feel safe. So many of us are saying ” I can’t…

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Life Lately… Where I’ve Been and Exciting News to Share

Hey loves, I’m back! It’s me Michelle from Running on Love and Caffeine, remember me?!  Well I didn’t forget about you or this little blog of mine it’s just that life happened and I’m over here just trying to keep up. So the big news is that WE MOVED!! We sold our townhouse in the busy suburbs of the metro DC area and moved to a single family home in the country! What?!? Crazy I know! My husband recently said…

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25 In Kids/ Life

The Reality of Momsomnia

  “When I’m worried and cannot sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep”- Bing Crosby   Sleep, it’s the one thing us parents all say we need and lack at the same time. I was in a chat group with Moms the other day and the question was asked; “what would you do if you had an afternoon/night to yourself with no kids?” and about 95% of the answers were “nap or sleep”. Whether you are a working Mom,…

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21 In Kids/ Life

How to Survive Back to School Season

Goodbye Summer, Hello School! The time has come and the kids are going back to school! I feel like I just wrote my post about 20 Things to Do To Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation  and now here we are getting ready to send our little angels off to school. As much as I love having Xander home and the fact that I got to enjoy a good part of the summer home with him, I am ready…

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24 In DIY/ Kids

Celebrating Our Last First Birthday

I can hardly believe that in less than two weeks our baby girl will be one and a half! Seriously time sloooow down!! As I think about how we are half way to her second birthday (ahh such a scary thought!) we are also six months from a very special day filled with very special emotions that I wanted to share with you all. We knew when we were pregnant with Elise that she would be our last baby. There…

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