Archives for April 2016

Family Weekend

We had a blast this weekend and I was so sad for it to be over! On top of gorgeous weather, my parents came up for a visit on Thursday morning and stayed until Saturday.

They met us up at the shop and we went out to lunch (Emma Kate was at daycare). Then My mom, dad and I went back to the house and sat on our screened porch and chatted, which was so nice. Not having to chase around a little person was relaxing and we got to catch up and give each other our full attention, which rarely happens when my hyper little bug is around. We picked her up from school and Bobby came home to BBQ.

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Again, the weather was perfect and we even ate outside.

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Emma Kate was hilarious, she saw us dipping our chips in the guacamole and wanted to do it, too.

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We watched the movie Courageous after EK went to bed, and on Friday morning, my dad and I went to Lowe’s while Bobby went to work and my mom watched little bit. We got some new flowers for my pots out front, and then all five of us went out to get Mexican for lunch.

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Bobby had to work Friday afternoon and evening, so the rest of us hung out at home. Saturday morning Bobby wet to go run a 5k with some friends, while I stayed back with the family and got to go run three miles of my own while grammy and grandpa watched Emma Kate.

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Bobby came home from his race, I went out and grabbed some groceries, and then sadly my parents had to go home.

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We had a really great visit, and I’m glad they came up to see us (it was nice not having to make the drive to go see them!)

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The rest of Saturday we hung out at home and I got a little work done yesterday afternoon out on the screened porch, because…again with the beautiful weather.

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Sunday morning we went to church, and Sunday afternoon we spent some time outside with Emma Kate and got ready for the week ahead.

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I have been working on some ways to better organize the house and my time, and I can’t wait to share some of my ideas with you later!

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I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and have a great Monday. You can handle whatever is thrown at you, one step at a time.

5 Things Friday XIV

It’s Fri-yay! I hope you are all having a great day, and enjoy the weekend. We are having beautiful spring weather here (sorry you folks up north in the seasons that are very confused right now). Here are your 5 Things Friday!

1.) Giveaway: Today is the LAST DAY to enter my Shabby Apple gift card giveaway. I will announce a winner tonight, so hurry and enter!

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2.) Family fun: My parents are in town for a couple of days so I may be a little absent on social media, but I still love yall, don’t worry.

3.) Get Your Hair Did: My poor sweet Bella got groomed yesterday, and instead of giving her a clean shaven face, they left her a little beard so now she looks like a sad old man. Poor baby.

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4.) Halloween?: Yesterday Emma Kate decided what she wants to be for Halloween. At least a ghost costume is easy? And yes she did this by herself, and yes she walked around running into things, and yes, I let her. Come on, a parent has to have a little fun.

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5.) Running Skirts: In case you missed my blog post yesterday (shame on you) I kid…sort of… then you may have missed that I am now a RunningSkirts ambassador! If you have any questions on skirt related things, let me know. (the above link is an affiliate link).

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QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? Favorite Halloween costume?

Running Skirts Ambassador

I have been a fan of RunningSkirts for a long time. When I first started distance running, a friend told me about them. I was a bit skeptical about running in a skirt, but I bought one anyway, and loved it! Freeing feeling, pockets, and adorable. I ran my very first half marathon in a skirt, (even though it was freezing!) and never looked back. 17957_532274161768_61700476_31353822_8119432_n

Now, I have quite the collection!

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Also a fun fact that you may know if you have been reading my blog from the beginning, but I used to work for running skirts. I went around selling to running stores, and I worked a lot of race expos.

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Unfortunately due to other work constraints, I was not able to continue my job after the first year, but I had a blast while I was able! I continued to wear RunningSkirts, even while I was pregnant (did you know they have maternity skirts?)

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For the several months (almost a year) after I had Emma Kate, I had a hard time fitting into my old skirts (and still can’t fit into some because I have gained so much more muscle!) but was stoked when I was finally able to wear some of them again.

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So imagine my excitement when last week I got a special surprise in the mail from my favorite set of twins! They chose me to be a skirt ambassador and I am so excited to be “back” in the skirt family.

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By the way, the tank they sent me is AMAZING. You can get it here then go to NEW and then “keep it chill collection” The tank actually COOLS YOU DOWN while you are running, perfect for summer!

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If you ever have any questions about RunningSkirts feel free to ask me, I can recommend all kinds of things to you. Also, you can shop at any of the links in this post, and there is also a button on my right sidebar that will click you through to their website. Happy shopping!

QOTD: Do you run in skirts? Favorite RunningSkirts print?

April Photo Dump 2016

My iPhone gave me a very sad message over the weekend. Yup, my storage was full. Again. So I thought it was time to do another photo dump. These are pics you probably didn’t see on social media, and most are of my kid, of course.

She is really into reading these days.

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This girl loves her daddy!

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Magic Kingdom! Oh how I wish I was there today.

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Baby laughs are the best.

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Sitting in the back of the car waiting to get pine straw at Lowes, because…we are cool.

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Sweet girl fell asleep after going to the doctor, always with food in her hands.

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Bobby before the Crescent City Classic 10k

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Eating again! Always.

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Pigtail toddler.

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Proof I curled my hair last week.

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Three friends trying to fit under one umbrella in the pouring rain. Good times!

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It hailed at our house last week!

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Loves her sunglasses (notice, she is eating again).

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I take pride in how I set up the cold toppings bar at the shop.

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There you have it. A little behind the scenes from around our house. Have a good day everyone!

QOTD: Do you run out of phone storage? Feel like your kids are always eating?

Racin’ For the Seed 5K Recap 2016

On Saturday, I participated in the Racin’ for the Seed 5k. You may remember last year Bobby ran the duathlon portion of the race, and at that time I had no idea there was a separate 5k, so I was excited to get to run it this year!

This race helped raise money for the Mustard Seed, which is the community center for adults with developmental disabilities. We had such a great time last year because they held a great event on top of a great race, so I knew this year would be fun. The race was held in a different location, and unfortunately it has been raining a lot here so it was very muddy.

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That morning we had some really chilly weather, and while standing around in 48 degree temps wasn’t fun pre race, I knew it would equal perfect running weather for me. I was nervous about this race because I really wanted to beat my three year old PR, but since I have only been running one day a week, I wasn’t sure if it was possible. The race was chip timed and a small race, so I lined up towards the front but not in the very front.

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I put my headphones in and started my watch having not warmed up at all. I’m the type that needs a solid mile or more of warming up, so I knew the first mile was going to be rough. We left the park and crossed over the highway into a neighborhood, turned right and immediately started going downhill. All my running buddies know what this means….yes yes, we would have to get back UP the hill at some point to re-enter the park.

I zoned out listening to my music and very much enjoyed that it was a small race because I didn’t have to do any weaving like last weekend at the Crescent City Classic! We went downhill some more, then up and down a couple of small rolling hills. My watch beeped one mile, and that split was an 8:25. A little bit fast for a first mile for me, but honestly I was panicked because I knew I would be slow my last mile because I would be going back uphill.

We made a turn to the left, confirming that we would be making a big loop through the neighborhood, and I just kept on trucking. The interesting thing about this race was that for the 5k portion, the duathlon folks and 5ker’s (like myself) were all running together, and I began hoping they had clear direction on who went what way because I didn’t remember reading anything about a turn off.

Soon we were at two miles, and I could feel myself having a harder time keeping pace. That lap was 8:25, so I was at approximately 17 minutes, giving me over 10.5 minutes until this race wasn’t a PR. I knew I was doing well, but with how I was feeling (getting nauseated from pushing hard) plus not sure what type of hill I would encounter or if the course would be long (I had been very careful to run the tangents the best I could), I wasn’t convinced I could PR.

In that last mile I kept telling myself “only one mile to go” then “only .75 to go” and “you can do anything for half a mile”. I was pretty sure I was going to finish in the upper 26:00’s which made me happy until about mile 2.70 when I got to the uphill. I pushed and pushed as hard as I could but my pace ended up slowing and the third mile was around 9:12.

I crosses back over the highway thinking I should be about to the finish by now according to my watch. I kept a lookout for where I was to turn to end the race, and apparently there was a person yelling telling us which way to go but I didn’t hear him. Thankfully I figured it out on my own and made the turn for the finish line (there was no one directly in front of me going the way I was going so I wasn’t sure!) We ended up finishing in the grass which made me nervous because of my weak ankles so I slowed up a bit, but still managed to cross in 27:13 chip time (my watch said I ran 3.17 miles) which is about a 40 second PR. I was frustrated because I wanted the 26:00’s and was so close and couldn’t stay at 3.10 even running the tangents, but that just leaves me for a goal for next time (and hopefully I can find a flatter course!)

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Here is a video of me coming into the finish, and I had no idea those guys were that close behind me!

After I caught my breath and saw Bobby and Emma Kate, we headed over to the animal exhibit that had like last year. Little miss thing was OBSESSED with the ferrets. My theory is because they don’t stay still, kind of like her. Every time I would set her on the ground she would run over to the cage.

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She was so cute petting them, we told her to be sweet and love them and she put her head down on it, it was adorable.

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We also saw Inky the clown who made her a balloon animal that I promptly took away because she tried to eat it.

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Also, Frank the camel was back! We had to get a picture since I had one holding EK last year (see below)

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I will have to say this race was excellent in so many ways. Great entertainment for the kids and family (a band played as well) and yall, they had SO MUCH FREE FOOD for the runners! I’m talking pizza, sandwiches, bagels, cookies, cakes, chicken tenders, bananas, PowerAde, chocolate milk, all from local restaurants and bakeries. It was amazing.

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We hung around for awards because there were only about 110 people in the 5k, and 26 all together in my age group of 30-39, so I was curious to see how I faired. Turns out, I faired well!

Emma Kate went with me to get my second place award for my age group.

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It was really sweet. The adults from the Mustard Seed hand painted mugs for the age group winners, and we each took a photo with our award and one of the “seedsters” as they are called.

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Everyone who signed up for the race also got a t-shirt and a coaster hand painted by a seedster as well. So cute!

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This is such a great race and I highly recommend it if you are in the Jackson, MS area (the race was in Brandon for those familiar). Everything was GREAT except I prefer flatter races (who doesn’t right?) AND it was a nightmare trying to get out of the park after because the only way out was the way cyclists and runners were coming in and out of as well, so it was a complete mess and we waited forever, so hopefully they will fix that next year, but otherwise I give it two thumbs up!

QOTD: Have you ever gotten a handmade race award? Favorite post race food?

April 2016 Goals

Spring has sprung! With warmer temperatures and tons of rain, everything exploded into green in the past couple of weeks. But I’m ready for all the rain to stop. Seriously. stop.

It’s a new month so that means new goals and checking in on how badly I did on last months goals. I kids, I kid. Let’s take a look at my March goals:

1.) PT exercises every night: (B-) I would venture to say have been doing them four times a week, but good news is I had no hip pain at my 10k so hopefully they are working and I can be done with the hip pain!

2.) PR at the Crescent City Classic: (A-) I’m giving this one an A- because while I did PR at the race, it wasn’t the PR I wanted/knew I had in me. I hate humidity, it ruins all the races! Still happy I was able to break a three year old PR.

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3.) Daily devotions: (B-) Again, I have gotten way better, but still not doing this daily. I think I missed two days last week. But going to small group Bible study during the week helps a lot!

4.) Finish boot camp strong: (B+) Boot camp ended the 24th, and I skipped the last day due to some other stuff going on, but other than that I would say I finished pretty strong. We start another two month session TODAY, so here is to getting stronger and faster!

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Now let’s move on to April goals:

1.) Continue PT exercises: The reason my hip started hurting again is because it got better so I STOPPED doing my exercises, so I don’t want that to happen again!

2.) Read one book: I haven’t read any books since our cruise in January and I miss it!

3.) Give away or sell items: While I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff in the garage, there is still a pile of things I need to sell, and then donate the rest. Spring cleaning time!

4.) Keep a running base of six miles: Now that it’s getting warmer and we are moving in 5k season, it’s tempting to only run two and three miles at a time, but then when fall comes I am not prepared for half marathons again, so I would like to keep a consistent six mile base all summer, even if I just run six miles once a month.

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That’s it! I will check back in with you in  May (omg, MAY! Where is the year going?) to see how I am doing.

QOTD: What is a goal you have for April?

5 Things Friday XIII

Happy Friday! This week has thrown me for a loop. All day yesterday I thought it was Wednesday. Thankfully, I was wrong on that one. This week we have had a lot of rain/severe weather, high winds, and crazy humidity. I’m ready for some sunshine. I need to start remembering to reapply sunscreen because my freckles are coming out like woah. Anyway, here’s what is going on in my brain this Friday (scary thought, I know).

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1.) Instagram Craziness: Ever since Instagram announced they were going to put “more important to you” posts first, everyone started losing their minds. For some reason it got around that this was to happen this past week, so my feed was filled with people begging followers to turn on their notifications to make sure they saw all their posts. For those that don’t know, all this does is send you a push notification every. single. time,. that person posts. Aint nobody got time for that! Just don’t post those things. Seriously. This article was spot on/hilarious.

2.) Racin’ For the Seed: Tomorrow I will be running my first 5k since December! It’s also a duathlon that Bobby participated in last year that benefits our local Christian community center for adults with developmental disabilities. The center is called the Mustard Seed, hence “Racin’ for the Seed”. We had a great time last year, and this time Bobby is sitting out so I can race. I hope Frank the camel is back!

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3.) Did I do that? Wednesday was a weird day for me. I actually walked around for several hours wearing two different shoes. You may have spotted my post on social media that evening, I cannot believe I did that. I have always laughed at other people doing it, but never thought it would be me. Mom brain is real, folks.

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4.) Crock Pot fun: In an effort to make my life easier and not have to cook every night, I started using my crock pot again (or slow cooker as some of you may call it). This way I can make twice as much food with little prep. Wednesday night I threw in four chicken breasts, some taco seasoning mix, a cup of salsa and a can of beans. Cooked on low for four hours, shred chicken, and walah, we have food for two days. Happy wife, happy life.

5.) Pigtail baby: What is it about pigtails that make little girls look so darn mischievous? My little bug looks adorable in them but I think she gets into more trouble on days when I put her hair like that. It is quite the wrestling match to do her hair though. I try to do it in the morning when I am changing her diaper otherwise she will not be still for me. Any tips?

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QOTD: Are you racing this weekend? Tips for doing crazy hyper girl toddler hair? Best crock pot recipe?