The Ultimate Coffee Date 2016 #2

Good morning.  It is the first weekend of February and we are all here to meet up for the Ultimate Coffee Date.  If you are a regular, it’s great to see you again, if you are new to our monthly coffee dates, welcome.  Just to go over real quick how this works …

Meet here every First Saturday of each month
Make sure to visit each co-hosts {Deborah, Coco}
Tweet the #UltimateCoffeeDate
Share with fellow bloggers
Link up you “coffee related” post
Take a few moments over the weekend to visit all or as many of the bloggers possible
Take time to leave a comment
Use the Ultimate Coffee Date badge somewhere on your post
The link is open all weekend, so you have plenty of time to enjoy


If we were having coffee, I would share with you  that our oldest son is leaving in two weeks for the Army Ranger Program.  This is a decision that has been thought on for the past year and it is something he is passionate about doing.  I have been filled with many emotions, some days are better than others, some days are just awful.  We are so very proud of him.  He will make an amazing Ranger for our country.  My faith in God will keep me strong.  I will most likely be sharing more thoughts on this subject down the road.  Please place my son in your thoughts and prayers as he embarks on this journey.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you  some cool discount codes for upcoming races in the area.  Whether you live near by or you would like to travel out here for some running, then check out this post.  You can find codes for The San Francisco Marathon, The Run The Bay Challenge Series and more.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you  that I am loving Instagram lately and am really using it more often.  I find myself spending more time there than anywhere else.  I actually enjoy it more than Pinterest.  I am still trying to grow my followers, if you head over and end up staying, leave a comment on a photo so I know and I would love to follow back.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you  my love for Pura Vida bracelets.  You can read all about them here on my post.  I am so excited to be an ambassador rep for them and I love wearing my own Pura Vida bracelets everywhere.  Make sure you use the code FMWC20 and receive your discount on any Pura Vida purchase you make.

Thank you for joining us, have a fabulous weekend.

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  1. I don’t know purr vida but any bracelet works for me ! I love them. Exciting but scary for your son. We are looking at colleges for my eldest daughter and it stirs up such emotion. Excitement but apprehension at the same time. Now I know how my parents felt when I told them I wanted to live in France !
    Thanks for the link up.
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Virtual coffee date : February 2016My Profile

  2. Oooh! I’m new to the coffee date but I love it. Best of luck to your son. I’m also finding a new love for Instagram lately, the explore page keeps me stuck to my phone!

  3. I love this cute idea! I don’t have a cute coffee shop near me sadly, nor do I drink coffee at home. Great post!
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  4. Oh, I understand the bittersweet pride and pain over your son’s decision – prayers for all of you. I spend more time on Instagram then Pinterest, but still not much.

  5. I love IG right now too it’s a fun way to connect for sure. I read your post about your son last week, very touching. I am sure it’s really hard for you to let him go but it seems like he feels it is his calling. Thoughts and prayers for you all. Always nice to see you over coffee
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date-FebruaryMy Profile

  6. I love IG too! I just checked out your feed, love that smoothie post. I’m @cuteheadskids if you want to say hi! xo

  7. Wishing your son all the best!

    I have started using IG more lately and have really been enjoying it too. It’s a great way to connect and I’m finding I just don’t have as much time to blog as I use to. Thanks for hosting coffee!

  8. I have a bunch of PuraVida bracelets and love them!! Love our monthly coffee dates too! I can’t believe it’s February!! Once we get to March I’ll be thinking all things SPRING!!!

  9. Good luck to your son! What a wonderful thing to do (but nerve wracking for you, I’m sure). You don’t look old enough to have a son that old!

    For years I just didn’t get Pinterest, then I fell and I fell hard. I kind of fell off Instagram recently, but I’m back on now!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…I love you, now go away: Spilling over high teaMy Profile

    • Oh Judy, so kind of you. The kids are 24, 15, and Faith is turning 14 in a few weeks. I am old {but try to stay as young as I can} LOL I can not get the hang of Pinterest at all. Thank you for stopping by.

  10. Thank you to you and your son for wanting to protect our country. It’s an extremely commendable and courageous decision on both of your parts!!! You need this coffee;)

  11. Definitely will keep your son in prayer – thank him for serving our country! I love that photo of you and I’m also loving Instagram a lot lately. So fun!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date – February 2016My Profile

  12. Good luck to your son. My ex-husband is a career Army National Guardsmen. He served three tours overseas. I know how stressful that can be and I can only imagine it is magnified for a child. I also love Instagram. I think I am such a visual person and have loved photography since I was young – it is a great creative outlet and a source of inspiration for fitness.

    • Oh heading to the military of any type for anyone is difficult no doubt. I am surely realizing that very more so now. As a mom, I am a wreck for sure. I am trying. I think Instagram has some amazing photography pictures on there. I can’t get enough and I am learning more about photography every day. Thank you for stopping here today 🙂

  13. It’s a wonderful thing your son is doing. I know you must be both proud and scared. He and your family will be in my prayers. I’ve never been able to get much out of Pinterest. Perhaps I’m not using it correctly? I do like IG some days…ha. Some people post every 5 minutes and I guess it’s just not my style to post that often. But it’s up to me to manage who I follow — so I shouldn’t complain. Thanks for the link, Lynda!
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Coffeetalk (February)My Profile

    • Keeping him in your prayers would be wonderful. I am all about good thoughts and prayer all around. I can not get Pinterest at all, so same here, I just don’t understand it right. I do love pinning, but I don’t understand the concept to correctly market and grow. I had heard that Instagram should be used about three times a day. I usually do that or twice a day, then I am done. I love all the awesome pictures. Thanks for coffee today my friend 🙂

  14. Much strength to you in regards to your son. It is an amazing thing that he is doing, but scary as a parent. We appreciate his dedication.

    Looking forward to doing my own coffee post and reading others, thanks!

    • Thank you Lauren, strength and faith are going to be needed a lot. Thank you for stopping by and having coffee. Every first Saturday of each month, but as always I love seeing everyone here more often.

  15. I love this link up. I can’t wait to participate next weekend! Big thank you to your son for serving and protecting us and our country. Prayers to you mama. I can only imagine what you feel right now.

  16. You have great pictures on instagram!

    Good luck to your son. I hope it is an awesome experience for him.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Sometimes you really need a coffee date with friendsMy Profile

  17. All the best to your son and your family as he takes on this challenge. We’re grateful for all of you –
    Jessica S recently posted…PrioritizingMy Profile

  18. This is my first time playing along! I love it. I love coffee… and I love (and miss) YOU!!

    Praying for you and your family as your oldest embarks upon his new journey!!
    rachel recently posted…If We Were to Meet for CoffeeMy Profile

  19. What a cute bracelets and congratulations to your son! I am loving instagram right now as well. I do love this link up, having coffee with friends is simply the best! Thanks!
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…Grab Your Cup for the Ultimate Coffee Date January EditionMy Profile

  20. I love the coffee date theme of this linkup and that you’d share good promo codes with me! I’m all about saving money!

  21. I am really loving Instagram at the moment too, and I’m also getting back in to Twitter a bit more, which I’m also really enjoying.

    Good luck to your son (and your family!) in his new experience! I can imagine he must be pretty excited about this new chapter, but you’re in my thoughts, as this must be bittersweet.

  22. Good luck to your son! Wonderful that he is committed to serve, very admirable. I enjoy Instagram but need to get more engaged.
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date – February 2016My Profile

  23. I LOVE Pura Vida bracelets too..I’ve tried to be a rep, but twice they never got back to me:( Good luck to your son…I know it must be so hard to let go, I have a 13 year old son and I’m already dreading him going off into the world.

  24. It was so nice having coffee with you! I shared this link up with my cute friend I need to have over for the coffee date! 🙂
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  25. Congrats to your son for being selected for the Army Ranger Program. Please thank him from me for serving our country.

    Thanks for the linkup!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Catching Up For The First Time In 2016My Profile

  26. I like your IG account– very nice! I’ll have to check out those bracelets today!!

  27. Thank you for sharing your son with us! Thank you for his service! I can only imaging the emotions that you are going through!

    The Run the Bay Challenge sounds fun!!

    ooooh neat bracelets! I will have to check them out!

  28. Very clever idea for a link-up. I like!

  29. Best wishes to your son as he embarks on this new journey! Also loving Instagram at the moment as well. 🙂

  30. What a cute name for this linkup!

  31. Bummer! Wish I had found this link-up sooner. My post today is all about a virtual coffee date. I’ll put this on my calendar for next month!

    Stopping by from the Grow Your Blog Hop! Sounds like we have a lot in common. Your about me page made me laugh. I too have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to makeup. I’m about as skilled as a blind monkey.

  32. ive also been loving instagram lately! so many people are doing so many inspiring things! I’ll have to go check out your feed. 🙂

    Love the coffee date concept.

  33. Wow praise God for your son’s love for his country. May God keep His protecting and guiding hand over him. God is in control! And I found you through the Growing Your Blog Hop! So excited about this, because I love your philosophy about food, FAITH, and exercise! Thankful to have found another wonderful blog.
    Emily Swanson recently posted…Why EVERY Life MattersMy Profile

  34. Yes, and I love Instagram too. It’s SO easy and so fun to connect with other people.
    Emily Swanson recently posted…Why EVERY Life MattersMy Profile

  35. This is the first I’ve heard of Pura Vida bracelets. Will have to check it out.
    I will keep you in my prayers regarding your son.
    Terra Heck recently posted…My Take From ‘The Armor of God’ – Week 1My Profile

  36. Visiting from the Blog Hop today 🙂

    I love IG so much – I’m a picture person anyways & love seeing everyone’s lives through their eyes.

    I have a friend whose son is leaving for the military & she’s having a hard time too. Always hard to let those babies leave the nest in such a way that you know visits are few & far between for awhile. Hang in there

  37. That’s very cool about your son. I am sure it was a hard decision, but he’ll definitely make you proud! Let him know, thank you for his choice to serve our country!

    I am also loving Instagram, I think it’s my favorite social media tool. Pictures say so much more than words!
    Runaway Bridal Planner recently posted…Books, Zombies and a Great WeekMy Profile

  38. I love Instagram, too! Just followed and left a comment on one of your recent photos.

    Big hugs during the process of your son departing for the military. You must be so proud, yet be feeling so many conflicting emotions at the same time. I have several friends with military husbands, and through their perspectives I can relate to how hard it can be. Hang in there, my friend!!!
    Emily @ Out and About recently posted…Coffee talk – February editionMy Profile

  39. this is such a cute post! I absolutely love it! I wish we were having coffee in real life!
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  40. Happy Monday! It was nice to get a peak into your life right now. Congratulations on your sons accomplishments, it takes a lot of talant and dedication to get into the special forces. I hope you have more good says than bad, I’m sure that is a challenging place to be as a mama. I love pura vida, thanks for sharing your discount code! Their braclettes are so beautiful, hope you have a great week lady!

  41. Stopping by from the Runaway Bridal Planner’s blog hop! I actually haven’t really gotten involved in Instagram quite yet, but I’ve been really wanting to. Also, sending you positive thoughts to get through the tough times with your son heading to the military. Even though it’s challenging, I’m sure you must be very proud of him!
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  42. I love coffee date posts! It is fun to get a glimpse into other peoples lives! It is an honor to know that your son will be protecting and serving the US. You should be proud! I am loving Instagram too! It is quickly becoming my favorite from of social media!
    Missy – Getting Fit to Find Myself recently posted…Runfessions January 2016My Profile

  43. Congrats to your son, and best wishes to your family as you make your way through this transition. My husband is a retired Lt Cnl (Air Force and Air Nat’l Guard). I have so much respect for the military, but it is not just the people in uniform that serve…it’s their families as well. I’ll be thinking of all of you. 😉

  44. I have got to put the coffee date on my calendar!!! I absolutely LOVE this! I’m obsessed with Instagram and Periscope right now, and I can’t imagine the overwhelming emotions you must be feeling as a mom right now. I am so grateful for families like yours who serve and love the men and women who protect our country!
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  45. Good to see you this month! I love Instagram 🙂 I spend the time to post my workouts and hope to inspire others to be more active – I will look you up! @livinglovingrunner
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  46. All the best to your son. I’ll definitely be praying for him as he travels to serve the country. One of the kids I work with just went off to boot camp and even that makes me edgy. But we put all the people we love in God’s hands. We have to.
    I’m stopping by from the blog hop and I’m going to check out your Instagram and follow you too.
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  47. Best wishes to your son! and your family! I love Pinterest first I think just because there are so many fun photos and information too. But I do love Instagram and use it most actively @curlycaroline27 I also feel that scrolling down check-ins from the fitness community that I follow on IG really motivates me for those days I’m tempted to miss a workout!

  48. Thank you so much to your son and your whole family for his service! He is a brave and wonderful guy and I’m sure his commitment comes from his parents! Will be thinking about all of you as his journey begins. XOXO

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