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Marriage isn't what I thought it was going to be


Today is my 2-year wedding anniversary which means I have accumulated LOTS of wisdom that I’m now allowed to disperse to others. 🙂 I had no idea when I walked down the aisle that I was not marrying Mark, but a superhuman who is the epitome of Bob Vila, Ty Pennington and Scott McGillivray all in one person. When we tied the knot, I figured we’d have a nice house in the suburbs with a…

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My brave and beautiful sister


Kelly is my younger sister and I’ve always seen myself as the one who needs to protect her, but now I know she’s stronger than I ever imagined. Today’s post isn’t about our house, but about something that happened to Kelly that was heartbreaking for our entire family. Back in May, Kelly told us she was pregnant. It was a COMPLETE SURPRISE and the whole family was so excited that we didn’t know what to…

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Proud Mary & Crazy Mary


My sister and I are HUGE spinning fans…nothing like riding 25 miles on a bike and never getting anywhere. 🙂 We took some spinning classes in Avalon, NJ while we were at the beach and our one instructor was called “Crazy Mary.” She was probably 60 years old, had ZERO body fat and went so hard and fast, we both thought we were going to die. It was awesome! Then we went from Crazy Mary…

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Coffee Talk & Cronuts


The beach is the best place to run, walk, bike…pretty much any physical activity is made better by the cool ocean breeze. After sweatin’ to the oldies (hello Tina Turner), we refreshed ourselves at Coffee Talk, a great spot on 97th Street in Stone Harbor. I got a green detox juice with pineapple and my dad got this little gem… We might be the only family in the world that hasn’t tried (and doesn’t like)…

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Cherry Beer Margaritas can fix anything


We have an “open house” policy at the beach. After my friends Tiernan and Rich left, my sister-in-law Trish popped in. It was great to have her and her two boys (who weren’t scared of the slightly inebriated and very loud adults) playing Left, Right, Center. The next day, Bridget and her friend Ally arrived. Bridgey and I haven’t seen each other in a year, but we still showed up with the same clothes. (We…

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It's totally acceptable to have ice cream every night


Every time I go to Stone Harbor, I walk right into this shop. I don’t buy anything, I just go in for the smell. As my friend, Tiernan, put it…”This is what heavens smell like.” After a glorious day on the beach (I was too busy enjoying it to take a pic) we hit the Whitebrier in Avalon for some sushi. We sent these photos to our dads and to some strange woman/man because I…

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Beach Bound!!


Mama B and I road trippin’ to the Jersey Shore! We’ve been going to Stone Harbor since I was two years old. Things are a bit different now…for instance, good ol’ Fred’s Tavern is now our first stop. 🙂 When you vacation with your parents as an adult, this is what your refrigerator looks like…Activia & Corona, the perfect combination. My best friend from college and her super fun husband always join us and the…

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How ilove2sweat got its name


ILOVE2SWEAT is a throw back that only my family understands…until now. When I was a wee one, I was ALWAYS running or jumping or playing in the mud. I NEVER played with dolls and I’m pretty sure I was tougher than most little dudes. I credit my dad who was Mr. Mom…a stay-at-home dad before it was cool. We would always be swimming or running or going for bike rides and after one particularly intense…

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A weekend of firsts…


Our first injury… Our first leak… Our first look at the new bedroom wall and door… Our first peak into our neighbor’s house… Our 1st Race for the Cure celebrating my Aunt Trudy & her friend, Kathi!! **FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

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When you live with mom and dad…


You will never run out of forks… Or spoons… I’m not sure if my parents are cutlery hoarders or secretly feeding a small army when I’m at work. I think there’s an army…take a look at all the cups… Y’all know Mark and I are crashing with my folks until we get the new bathroom & floors in our Larryville house. While I love living with them, I’m constantly reminded of how awkward I was…

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