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Start of Summer Steals: Clothing


I haven't been spending a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to be wearing this summer (outside of loungewear!) but I've definitely been leaning more boho. I nearly always wear oversized fits but this summer it will obviously be a necessity. I wanted to put together a nice roundup of pieces I'd love to be wearing all summer long, and I was lucky to find a lot of great deals in the meantime. I always go for comfort and ease and I feel like this roundup really fits the bill! Everything is linked below, as well as on my liketoknow.it for super easy shopping.



Let's start with this TIE-DYE ROMPER and TIE-DYE JUMPSUIT. I feel like Show Me Your Mumu hasn't been on my radar nearly enough. I am fully obsessed with both of these. I can't decide which I want but I especially love that there's a matching LITTLE GIRL'S DRESS that Georgia would adore!  This SLEEVELESS ORANGE ROMPER is also Mumu - perfect for those super hot summer days you know you'll be in the sun but don't want to destroy your shoulders with tan lines! Note you can sign up for emails to save 10% and their sale stuff is currently an additional 25% off with code EXTRA25.

I've been getting targeted ads for H&M and I'm loving a lot of what they have. Lots of easy, breezy dresses I feel like you could wear a bunch. Loving this HOT PINK MIDI DRESS.

Finally I decided to check out Urban Outfitters and I always find their website so difficult to navigate but I'm loving this BABYDOLL DRESS, which looks like a higher end, shorter version of the Amazon dress (but way cooler, let's be honest), and this POLKA DOT ROMPER has the most amazing scoop neck on the back. 

In terms of other sales happening this weekend, Anthro has 25% off all regularly-priced clothing and shoes. I'm loving THIS EASY TIE-DYE MIDI DRESS and THIS TIE-DYE MIDI SKIRT. Abercrombie has 40-60% off their entire website, and I am obsessed with this truly AMAZING LEOPARD PRINT ROMPER. Sam Edelman has 30% off their entire site with code MEMORIAL30, and I'm loving THESE SNAKE SKIN ESPADRILLES and THESE KNOTTED STRAP SANDALS.

What are you looking for this summer? Clearly, I am still not over tie-dye, and plan to be wearing it most of the summer. I'm hoping to grab a few of these this weekend! Happy shopping!
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Exercising While Pregnant


I figured it was high time I did a blog post outlining the changes I've made in my fitness since becoming pregnant with our third child. I came into this pregnancy likely in the best shape I've been since becoming a mom (we won't talk about my real athlete days which are long, long gone). A nice balance of Pure Barre classes, Mecka's BodyLab and Bootcamp classes, and the extra work on our Peloton Tread had me in really great shape and feeling really great about my overall fitness.

Before I get into it, first and foremost, you should consult with your obstetrician before taking anything I'm about to say into consideration. I'm sharing my personal experience with this pregnancy as well as the last two and I have no REAL pregnancy training as it pertains to fitness outside of working directly with my clients to find modifications. So, please talk to your doctor! I get a lot of questions about this - "What should I be doing differently?" and as silly as it is, listening to your body is always my response. But let me dive a little deeper.


My first trimester, I was really lucky to only have exhaustion. I mean - knock on wood, I've never been a sick pregnant woman and I recognize how ridiculous that is! I'm so lucky to be able to keep moving - that said, I think that the more you move (just walk around the block!), the better you're ultimately going to feel. My exhaustion would hit in the afternoon, and I was essentially bound to the couch aside from days I was teaching my evening barre classes. Those were great because I was forced to move! I was able to continue going to BodyLab classes which is a pretty intense way to spend an hour of fitness. I definitely wasn't sprinting at my full capacity or completing the work on the floor at an aggressive level. Again, it came down to work: I love to take the classes I'm coaching later in the day, so for my mind, I was able to look at this like work. I knew if I had a grasp on the class I was coaching later, I'd be better for it. So, it was easy to get to BodyLab in the morning knowing that!

When COVID-19 first popped onto the scene and we were transitioning to staying home, my training needed to change, and I was entering my second trimester, starting to show. I was taking at least one or two barre classes a week virtually, trying to do at least one old BodyLab class a week, and otherwise have been training using the Peloton Tread (I enjoy the interval runs, fun runs, and bootcamps). Moving my body six days a week has genuinely kept me sane. That said, as I've gone on in my pregnancy, the things I've always had to look out for in prior pregnancies began creeping up. Round Ligament Pain being one of them, and I'm careful to cool it when I feel this - for me, I typically only feel this when I am running hard - if I cramp up at all, it's down to a walk. In ab work, I'm careful not to do the side-to-side movements you might see in a Russian Twist. I do have some Diastasis Recti from the last two pregnancies, and I'm trying not to make it worse this time around.

I wanted to write this because I've recently had a lot of people ask me what they should be doing. While again, you should talk with your doctor, my biggest thing is to continue doing what you're doing (assuming you're not doing anything dangerous!), until you feel like you can't or it is unsafe to do so. My thought process is, maybe next week I can't run anymore, so this week I'm going to run as much as body allows. Listening to your body is going to provide you with the tools to know when to tone it down, should you need to. There are days my brain wants to run five miles on the tread, my playlist is killer, I like my outfit, and I'm .78 miles in and my body says "no way," so, I walk. There's nothing wrong with walking on those days and listening to your body and learning what it is telling you is the only way you're going to feel great. My advice is to you is to keep moving. For your sanity, for your birth plan, and for your body! You're going to feel accomplished and great after you complete a workout regardless of whether or not you're pregnant, so continuing to move and keeping hydrated is paramount. In my prior two pregnancies, Pure Barre has been my saving grace. My deliveries have been (luckily!) easy, and generally speaking, I recover quickly - I owe it all to Pure Barre and staying active. You can really take it just about up until you're ready to give birth.

As it pertains to weight gain, this pregnancy, my weight gain has been more than in past pregnancies through this point - it drives me absolutely crazy when I see posts or first-time mothers saying they don't plan to gain a lot of weight - it really might be completely out of your control, does anyone say to themselves, "I'm prepared to fully let myself go! Bring it on!"? I don't know if it's because I'm about four years older or if it's because I'm eating a lot more, but generally speaking, I still feel really, really good, so I'm calling it a victory, a few pounds heavier, I know I am healthy.


I did receive a request for core exercises that are safe while pregnant and frankly, this is a tough place to answer! You're supposed to avoid anything that's going to give you the "coning" of the abs, which for me, happens pretty easily. I feel like this article does an incredible job of outlining what you should and should not do, the body parts and muscles at work, as well as make recommendations about what you can be doing. I should note, I've really been loving the stretching available on the Peloton. I've also been leading a Sunday Stretch at Pure Barre which has really helped - two times I've done the Sunday Stretch and PR'ed a run on Monday, it seems to make all of the pain less likely to hit, so I think stretching will be my best friend as we continue this pregnancy.

The other thing I wanted to touch on in this blog post is I recently scooped a new pair of running shoes I am LOVING, and I wanted to share them! I'm still loving the Nobull Knit Runners for all things bootcamp - if there's a CrossFit AND running element to your workout, these are a no-brainer, but for if you're just running, the Nike React Infinity Flyknits are awesome. The Flyknits are intended for running training - to reduce injury. I honestly got a targeted Nike ad for these and clicked through and it really made a lot of sense to me! For sizing, I am typically between a 7 & 7.5, for the NoBull Runners, I'm in a 7, for the Nike Flyknits, I ordered a 7.5 and am grateful for the extra space - I have a narrow foot and both of these are working wonderfully for me. If you choose to shop through the link above to the Flyknits, you'll save 15% off your first and second order with Carbon38 if you use code MOLLYKNO20. Take advantage - their clothing is awesome too, so many of the sets I love I've found on there! As it pertains to other things I'm wearing without venturing into maternity wear, look no further than the Lululemon Align Pants in the 25" length. I actually said out loud to Jeff, "If I buy anything other than these pants for the rest of the pregnancy I'm an idiot," so that's how I feel about these. They aren't too tight around the waistband, and in past pregnancies, I was able to continue wearing them after the fact - the waistband does not stretch out. I am typically a 4 in Lululemon and I size up to a 6 while pregnant, but it's not like I can't wear a 6 afterwards, if you're familiar with their sizing.

All in all, this is a lot of text about encouraging you to keep moving while pregnant, but to listen to your body. I hope I don't come off as a jerk, but I wanted something static to refer back to when someone asks! I'm always happy to talk about my experiences and what has worked for me, so feel free to DM me or email me, always! I hope this helps!

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Home Updates: Our Blank Slate Hallway and Elsewhere



We are coming up on our second summer in the house and I feel like this time at home has created an urgency to get things done. Loose ends need tying up! We've mostly completed design of the dining room, the wallpaper was finally installed, and though we could probably use a buffet or another china cabinet on the wall, I feel good about the progress. I finally added some cute photos to the landing of our stairs.


Updates that need to be made:
Bodie's Room: well, he finally decided to hop out of his crib. At 3.5 I know this is super lucky and I should just be happy he lasted as long as he did in there... contained! But it's time. The good news is, we have a queen bed in our guest room (future nursery). I'm thinking about getting Georgia a fun new boho-inspired headboard and giving Bodie her bed/headboard. It's full in size, which I feel is more appropriate for a first "big boy" bed anyway and her current headboard is pretty gender neutral. The rest of his room needs completed as well. I want to switch out his knobs on the Ikea dresser, add a mirror above the dresser, choose a great light fixture and add to the walls. I hadn't really hung anything up in there from the old house and nursery because I didn't know what I wanted to do or when he'd need a new bed! The irregular dot wall stays, either way, as does the teepee. Here is what has been inspiring me for his bedroom, and I did pick up this duvet cover and shams, currently on clearance.



Nursery: full plan coming here, but I am excited to go bright on this one. The baby's name is super loud and happy, so this direction makes sense to me. Trying to decide if I keep Bodie's glider (which was Georgia's glider) in his room or move it here. We do have a really great rattan chair in our office that serves no purpose - I wonder if I could toss a few (washable) blankets on it and get a great ottoman to make it comfortable? Full blog post coming soon and I hope to share design inspiration for both a gender neutral nursery and boy's nursery as well.


Upstairs Hallway and our Bedroom: the upstairs hallway is currently empty, aside from a rug, and still echoing! I'd love to add a fun console or some framed photos we have in storage from the old house. Or, I have a bunch of photos of pretty window boxes from Charleston, I'd love to do (another?) uniform gallery wall using the big picture frames I used here. I've also thought about adding the Gleaming Primrose Mirror they frequently have at our Anthro Home Outlet and adding it to the hallway. I figure it would be a welcome change to the mirror I use for LiketoKnow.it pics, and would be a pretty sight out there - that said... I also want this mirror in our bedroom!

Speaking of our bedroom, Jeff has been working upstairs a lot given he needs quiet and the office doesn't provide that, while the kids are around constantly, anyway. He's been using Georgia's desk (surprisingly large, haha) and one of our dining room table chairs. Obviously this isn't ideal, but I think working from home is going to become more and more prevalent, so we need a desk that isn't for a child in there. There's a pop-out in our room where I have a reading chair, so I guess we would add right next to that! This takes me to the desk in our office potentially working in there, but it's a silverish metal and the rest of the room has a lot of gold in terms of lighting and furniture. While I'm cool with mixed metals, I don't think this will quite jive. I'd also love to keep this budget friendly so hoping to find something great online or at the Home Outlet. The rug we have in here is from our old Master Bedroom, and while I adore it - it's way too small for the space. I'd love to move it to my closet or elsewhere and replace with something a little different.

Office/Playroom: This is about as low on the priority list as it can get despite being right next to our kitchen and visible from the main floor. I love the rug we have in there, but can't decide which direction to go with this room. I'd love to add a little wet bar in here with cabinets for alcohol and glassware storage given it's proximity to our office, or do built ins for a proper office. Or both. The flooring is carpeting so maybe we could put a cool tile in here vs. continuing our hardwood. I don't know. Hence the low priority. One thing's clear, it's days as a playroom are numbered. I want to get everything into the basement. We finished the basement for a reason and I'm tired of cleaning up every floor each night with toys on each level!

I'm not including outdoor plans because there's just too much text in this post already, but Jeff has been working so hard on our landscaping and we have a play set being delivered soon. Thrilled for the kids to have something to play on and hopefully stay in our yard with the increased landscaping kind of confirming what is and isn't our property. The two other easy things that need done? I'd like to add is a chandelier lighting option above our kitchen table. Forever haunting me that I was dumb enough to not add one during our build. It's as simple as calling an electrician, I know! Also, we need a fifth kitchen chair for the 5th member of our family, even if she won't be sitting in there for a while! I'm not totally satisfied on the rug under our kitchen table and feel like some musical chairs needs to happen but we'll get there eventually!
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Oatmeal Cream Pies


Recently my owner at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon was kind enough to drop off these Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies. Melissa shared the recipe with me and I made them today, and just had to share. OMG, they don't disappoint, though I don't think mine turned out quite as delicious as hers! It was a nice project for a crappy day, can we talk about the snow in Pittsburgh? In May?


Oatmeal Cream Pies

Prep: 35 minutes, plus 20 minutes chilling
Cook: 30 minutes
Cool: 30 minutes
Makes 15 sandwich cookies

INGREDIENTS
For the cookies:
  • 1 ¼ cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dark molasses
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
For the filling:
  • ¾ cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉. Line three large baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly beat in the egg, vanilla, and molasses and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats until combined. On low speed, add the oat mixture to the creamed butter mixture about ⅓ cup at a time, beating until combined.
  4. Using a 1 ½ tablespoon scoop to portion the dough, place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets (10 cookies per sheet).
  5. Refrigerate the baking sheets for at least 20 minutes.
  6. One sheet at a time, bake the cookies until lightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  7. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  8. On low speed, slowly beat in the powdered sugar, about ¼ cup at a time. Then beat in the milk. When the mixture is smooth, increase the speed to medium, mixing until thoroughly combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  9. Set the cookies up in pairs, with the bottom of one of them facing up. Using a small (1-tablespoon) scoop, place filling on the bottom of the upside-down cookie. Place the second cookie on top, right side up, and sandwich them together, pressing just enough to spread the filling to the edges. Repeat to make the rest of the sandwiches.
Enjoy!
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Currently Coveting


Naturally I've had a lot of time at home lately so I wanted to share some things I've been crushing on and other things I've purchased lately! Many of these options can still be purchased in time for Mother's Day too! I am linking to them below and also sharing a little bit extra about a few of them beneath that. What are you drooling over these days?


I recently purchased this Splits59 set and I'm completely obsessed. The TOP is true to size and the LEGGINGS fit a little more snug than I'm used to for Splits, I'm in a small in both.

Given this is definitely my last child, I've been trying to find cute dresses that might grow with me a little bit during this pregnancy but I'll still want to wear next summer. This FREE PEOPLE MIDI DRESS is a great option, and I love it with these SLIDES, which will be perfect for to and from Pure Barre. 

This FREE PEOPLE SET is a unique look and probably not for everyone, but I purchased a similar option last year and it felt so put-together and fashionable. 

I've been preaching about how awesome the BRIGHT C SERUM by Beautycounter is. You can always shop my Beautycounter page HERE, but this serum pairs perfectly for daytime use with my absolute favorite OVERNIGHT PEEL for nighttime use!

I purchased this TIE DYE SWEATSHIRT from a little online boutique a few weeks ago and it's awesome. The v-neck in the back differentiates it and I really love it with white denim half-tucked. I've also been drooling over these chain necklaces and THIS GORJANA OPTION is no different. Gorjana was huge when I worked at Stitch Fix, clients loved them!
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