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• luxuries big and small – like lattes and running retreats

Frothy milk, one of life's little luxuries

I’m easy to please. If you have little kids you understand what I mean. A hot shower 3 days in a row is good. So is being able to go to the bathroom without someone yelling for juice or to get two stuck Leggo pieces apart. An hour at home alone is also way up there on the super awesome list of little luxuries as is drinking a cup of coffee while it’s hot.

Today I got a small luxury in the mail for my birthday on Saturday.  My bestie and business partner, Michelle, said to expect a package, so when I got it, I dropped everything and tore into it. When I took a quick look inside, I saw two batteries and a long, slender case. Gasp! Really? Is that what I think it is? She’s the buddy that knows EVERYTHING, so OK, I could use a new one of THOSE, I thought to myself. Oh, but kids are in the room, can’t open it now. I threw it up on a high shelf, then, after the kids went to bed, I finished opening the package to find…. an Aerolatte. It wasn’t a you-know-what, but I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a steam-free milk frother and within 3 minutes I had a hot Chai Tea Latte with cinnamon! You just stick the little battery-operated whisk in a mug of hot milk and in 20 seconds you’ve got whipped up yumminess. I tucked myself in bed with Netflix-streamed 30 Rock episodes I’ve missed and sipped sipped away. A little bit of luxury!

And, sometimes, there are big luxuries for mommas like me.

Michelle and I have been working on creating one.  Today we  launched registration for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Trails Women’s Running Retreat! It’s scary and exciting at the same time. This is no small deal. It’s a lot of work and it’s not cheap. Our mission is celebrating women who run….and we hope this is a full-on-blow-out celebration.

Michelle checks out the cabins' deep soaking tubs. Big Luxury!
I did a test run of coffee by the fire after a chilly trail run. Yep, you'll love it!

Sweet accommodations, awesome food, beer, wine, speakers, oh, and running! FivePine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon will be our host. Their cabins are gorgeous, the event space beautiful and the grounds are like a park.

We’ll have unlimited access to Sister’s Athletic Club and there’s a top-notch spa and yummy brewery on the campus too. Michelle and I snuck over to Sisters all stealth-like a few weeks ago and spent the night, got the tour and did some serious schedule crunching to figure out how to create a fun weekend for women runners filled with just enough activities and free time in a naturific and hip little town. The super fun bonus for us is that we get to work with one of our dear friends, Tricia, who’s the event director at FivePine. Michelle, Tricia and I all worked together 16 years ago and are so excited to be reconnected for such a special event. That means three cool chicks are pouring their hearts into this retreat. We would love for you join us. You can learn all about the retreat and register on our website.

Oh, and they will have little luxuries there too. Like freshly ground coffee from local roasters in our rooms. And we’ll get to drink it while it’s hot!

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