Back to School with Carter’s at Kohl’s

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This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I received the included Carter’s clothes as compensation.

It’s hard to believe back to school is coming up quick.  It seems like the kids just got out of school. Rather than waiting till the last minute to stock up on back to school essentials, I’m starting now. We’ve already picked out new backpacks and lunchboxes.

Next up, clothing.

Maybe it’s been the abundance of sunshine and pool time, but I swear both of my kids have grown a couple of inches since the school year ended. With two kids who like to play rough and to get dirty, not much lasts past a season. That means, new shorts, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, pants and leggings are in order.

My kids are Carter’s kids.

On the day that we found out that we were having boy/girl twins, Carter’s was our first stop after the ultrasound. Needless to say, we came out with a HUGE bag of the cutest outfits all at an affordable price.

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Fast forward 7 + years and their closets are still filled with mostly Carter’s. We need clothes that aren’t outrageously priced because like I said earlier, my kids are dirty and rough. Carter’s sizes run from newborn to size 8 so we’ve still got some time to enjoy the bargains.

I usually go to the Carter’s outlet store but my mom, the Queen of Kohl’s, is the one who told me Kohl’s carries tons of Carter’s at great prices.

Ever since the age of 18 months, Avery has been very particular about what she wears.  I’ve given up on buying anything without her approval because 9 times out of 10, she won’t like it. What’s a guarantee that she’ll wear something?  There’s a cat on it.  She went ga-ga over a cute striped shirt and legging set.  How cute is that kitty face?

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I was kind of shocked when she chose a super cute flower legging and olive tunic set.  I would have picked it out because it’s adorable but put it back on the rack thinking she’d never wear it.  She loves it!  She already says this is what she is going to wear on the first day of school.

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Lukas is pretty easy to dress except when it comes to pants.  He wants to wear shorts ALL THE TIME.  What is it with boys and pants?  I hear that from a lot of boy moms. Carter’s shorts are just like their pants – true to size and most have an adjustable waistband.  That comes in handy because I usually buy pants a little bigger for room to grow.

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This boy loves sharks.  If there’s a shark on a shirt, Lukas will wear it.

Confession: I have a thing for stripes. And it shows when I buy clothes for myself, Ron or the kids.  But come on.  Stripes are so cute!

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And so are these two little nuggets.

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Right now you can get 40% – 50% off Carter’s Playwear (valid 8/4 – 8/20) at Kohl’s.  You can also can also use the BTS10 code to get $10 off $50 spent on the back to school categories (which includes Carter’s clothing).

It’s time to stock up to let your kids style shine.

Are your kids picky about what they wear?

Who else has a thing for stripes? :)

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Looking back at last week’s workouts, I would say two things.

  1. I took the week off from running because running Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday flared up my posterior tib tendon.  If you have been a long time reader, you may remember this pesky tendon was part of the reason why I was unable to run for 6 months back in 2015. The good news is that my tendon was feeling great by the end of the week.  The bad news?  It started to hurt again when I ran on Saturday. Enter ALL the crazy injury thoughts into my head.
  2. I stepped out of my comfort zone and hit the pool.  Not just for pool running but actual time in a lane.  I know. Whoa.

Here’s the rundown on how last week’s workouts went.

Monday

40 minutes Elliptical

40 minutes strength

Squats

Squats with shoulder press (45 lb plate)

Single leg calf raises

Single leg step ups with 30 lb Kettlebell

TRX single leg squats

TRX pike planks

TRX push ups

Cable chest press

Pull up prep hangs (3 x 30 seconds)

Kettlebell plank rows

Egoscue exercises

Foot/ankle strengthening band work

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Tuesday

30 minutes Arc Trainer

30 minutes Bike

Core and mobility work

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

Egoscue exercises

Foot/ankle strengthening band work

Wednesday

40 minutes Arc Trainer

40 minutes strength

Single leg TRX squats

Kettlebell squat press

Bench side step ups w/ 15 lb Kettlebell

TRX push ups

Bench press (flat and incline)

Rope pulls (3 x 60 seconds)

Cable crossovers

Pull up prep, bar hangs (3 x 60 seconds)

Pull up prep, mini pulls 3 x 6

TRX row

Egoscue exercises

Foot/ankle strengthening band work

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Thursday

30 minutes pool running w/ 30-45 sec pick ups

10 minutes kick board

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

Egoscue exercises

Foot/ankle strengthening band work

Mary invited me to an early morning pool session.  When she mentioned swimming and laps, I had so many questions.  Would I need a swim cap? (if you want to wear one, go ahead). Will I need goggles?  (see answer to the first question). Will I have to share a lane and OMG how do you do that? (It’s usually not that busy but I’ll explain it when we are there). Will I drown? (no!)

You know – important questions for someone who has zero experience of lap swimming. And someone who is at best, a champion dog paddler.

It was actually fun to have company with pool running and to try something different. I know I said it before, but I will be spending more time in the pool.

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Friday

20 mile bike ride

Egoscue exercises

I had an unexpected afternoon off from work so I hopped on my bike for a ride down to the bay. It was a beautiful day!

Foot/ankle strengthening band work

Saturday

3 mile run

Egoscue exercises

Everything was going along fabulously for my run until the very end.  My tendon and medial malleolus started to hurt.  I came home ice, stretched and tried to massage the knots out as best I could.  Damn you tendon! My mind started to do crazy things and I started to wonder if maybe I had a stress fracture again, this time in the medial malleolus. F@ck. I know posterior tib tendonitis is not fun and a pain to get rid of but I’d much rather have that then wear another boot so soon after getting rid of it just over 2 months ago.

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Sunday

Rest day at the beach.  Maybe the iced cold Atlantic helped because my foot was feeling better with more range of motion and no pain afterwards. Fingers crossed it gets better every day.

Linking up with Hoho for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

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High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Let’s get right to it and celebrate another weekend upon us.

5 from Instagram

1 ) Laced and ready.

2 ) A low lunge in the woods.  Why not?

3 ) Don’t you think this should be in an L.L. Bean catalog?  Lol.  I was just trying to pack a bag for the beach and Nevada takes over.

4 ) I hit the pool for an early morning workout on Thursday.  I’m used to pool running but doing anything else?  Sooooo out of my comfort zone in the pool.

5 ) A beautiful beach day on Lake Winni except it was so windy it looked more like the ocean than a lake.

5 Good Reads

1 ) Running for Health, Not Size – I first started running because I thought it was a great for weight control.  Now, weight has absolutely nothing to do with running.  I run for how it makes me feel.  It’s the best medicine for my mental health and that’s enough to keep me running.

2 ) The Three Flexibility Stretches You Should Be Doing –  Looking to add more mobility exercises into your day?  Here’s 3 basic exercises that can help you out.

3 ) I’ll Have Another Podcast w/ Jessica Hofheimer – After taking a break from podcasts, I’m back on it.  Lindsey has had some really great guests lately but Jess’ episode is especially good.  She talks about overcoming over training, an injury and finding joy in an unexpected sport.  It’s a good one for all!

4 ) How Not to Be an Asshole – It’s easy to get swept up in the numbers game of running.  It’s not just in a race that the numbers play a part.  It could be your pace on every run. It could be trying to bag the FKT on a route.  Running is meant to be fun. Sure it’s fun to compete but it doesn’t have to be the only thing.  Because it all boils down to this -> “happiness that flows when you’re caring a little less about things and a little more about people.” YES!

5 ) Can Gratitude Actually Make You a Better Runner? – I think so! Whether it’s the kind person giving you a shout out on a run – like last weekend when a spectator said, “Looking strong Angela!” as I felt my energy fading up a hill. Btw – my name was on my bib. :) Or being grateful for a strong and healthy body that can carry you for miles and miles.  I love this article for numerous reasons but especially because it contains two friends of mine.  Allie did a great job writing it and Maureen is a friend of mine from SIX03.  It’s funny how two worlds can collide!

What would you like High 5 today?