What has been your most memorable birthday?


Hello thirty-seven! (Spelling out the number makes it seem a wee bit smaller. Ha.)

What has been your most memorable birthday?

Yesterday my sweet boss, Mary, incorporated this question into our weekly staff meeting. Since our agenda comes out well before our meeting time we had lots of time to reflect upon it.

I realized that I don’t really remember many actual birth DAYS. Instead I remember the years. I decided that the year of 30 was the most memorable. That is the year I visited Cali wine country, Sonoma and Napa. And that is the year I ran my first full marathon. I suppose I was very intentional about doing these things because I was turning the big 3-0. Hmm. I think that I’ll start doing the same for the big 4-0. Maybe French wine country? Or combining my love for wine and cycling with this amazing cycling adventure?

Honestly, my biggest wish for 40 and the years between: continued health of heart, body and mind. I want to keep learning. I want to spend even more quality time with my closest friends and family. And I want to truly embrace the process of building a family and home with my beautiful partner Mike. That is my birthday wish today.

I’m home this morning working on homework and enjoying the yummy birthday smoothie Mike made me before he left. Cute boy will return soon and we are going to enjoy a fun-filled weekend, starting with a run on the lakewalk. Then we’re heading to Minneapolis and I’ve been instructed to “…wear a cute dress for tonight.” Hmm. Where-o-where are we going??? :)

We’ve got a lot of fun things to do in the city. There are some big changes on the horizon for us, including some changes to the blog. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Have a great weekend. I’d love to hear your most memorable birthday…or year. And please twirl with me today…life is pretty darn lovely. :)

xo dina

{Image courtesy of Susie Pryor.}


34f47ede15b58865_girl-looking-at-ipod.xxxlarge_1Lately, finding 30 minutes, even 15, to workout before heading to the office, has been challenging. I’ve been reading quite a bit the minute we wake up.

Hello tabatas! My friends Shari and Nauman introduced me to the app…and the concept. These little bursts of sweat are great before work…and better than nothing.

Shari even created a fun board for us on Pinterest. There are so many great workouts out there.

Tonight I’m pleasantly distracted from studying and splurging on a little Dirty Dancing (the movie). That would be a fun workout too. ;) Mikey???

Have a great week friends…

xo dina

{Image courtesy of POPSUGAR…cool workouts with accompanying playlists. Check it out!}

The Wonderful Wallaby

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Today I was going to post the scrumptious coconut smoothie Michael made yesterday, but when I received these pics from Brandy my little editorial list went buh bye. And my heart melted….over and over again.

What a sweetie.

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Apparently Asher sported the wallaby I made him a lot on his recent travels to Europe. (Turning 1 next week and already hopping around the globe. Go Asher!)

I will cherish these photos forever Brandy. Miss and love you lots. (Today’s Hartley run was for you.) Smooch!

xo dina

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P.S. Wish I could say that I knitted that stocking hat too. So cute. Someday…

{Images courtesy of Brandy and Asher. And special thanks to Missa for the beautiful Rowan yarn.}

Lunch simplified

65a6b8b7b8f8e1601a8f71f344ec8b7bReally I should call this post “Life simplified.”

Last weekend I started coursework in pursuit of my LICSW; five courses and 13 credits in addition to my awesome full-time gig as a career counselor at St. Scholastica. Last month I also became a LinkedIn Profile Writer for Joshua Waldman, which is really cool and I will share more details about that soon.

So needless to say, my calendar has recently become very stacked and the need for a lot of (Dina) structure is crucial.

I need to simplify, but I don’t want to give up my blog– I enjoy it too much. And as I’ve mentioned before I often reference my own blog for recipes, products and more. I think that I am going to post twice a week and write about whatever random thing is on my mind that moment.

Moving me this morning is healthy eating. It is higher on my priority list than usual for a few reasons: With all the studying I’m going to be sitting a bit more than I am used to; I need to be more efficient and timely in menu planning; and, Mike and I have been focused on nutrition + fertility as we keep hoping for bébé clabaugh.

I’m still hooked on my healthy chocolate “croissant” and fruit for breakfast, but starting this week I will be a little more creative when it comes to lunches. Every Sunday I am going to pick one or two recipes from the goop recipe box and enjoy it all week long. I think I’ll start with the chicken salad. Looks divine and I am trying to include a little more organic, free-range poultry in my diet. Zinc. Protein. Etcetera.

What do you eat over the noon hour? Please share some of your favorite quick and wholesome options.

xo dina

P.S. Speaking of sharing, we watched Thanks for Sharing last night. More Gwyneth love. It was pretty good; paired with this yummy pasta dish and a small glass of red wine.

{Image courtesy of Rocío Garro via flickr.}

Every Mother Counts

Turlington2Overnight 200 hundred mile relay races are such a blast. My sister Nikki participated in her first Ragnar a couple weeks ago, and my friend Babs raced Hood to Coast this past weekend.

Last year the organization Every Mother Counts brilliantly tapped into the team relay fun to raise awareness for an important cause: Maternal health.

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. EMC informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization was founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns in 2010.

Directed by Christy Turlington Burns and produced by Clancy McCarty, EVERY MILE, EVERY MOTHER is a short film that explores long distance running as a metaphor for birth. The film follows 12 runners as they run Hood to Coast, a 200 mile relay race in Oregon, also to highlight the barrier distance creates for women to access critical maternity care. The film illustrates the support and teamwork required to insure a safe and empowering birth experience for mothers, similar to the support and teamwork required for long distance running.

The documentary has been on my list for too long. I’m going to watch it very soon.

Any Duluth friends interested in joining me for a screening? We could start with a fun group run before and chat about some of the fun ways to fundraise for this important cause. I’d like to do something in the coming year. Email me if you are interested: dinaclabaugh@gmail.com.

Every. Mother. Counts.

xo dina

P.S. More from Christy Turlington Burns: No Woman, No Cry.

{Image courtesy of models.com.}