Blogging in the summer is HARD…!! + Royal Hawaiian Foods Review

Hello Friends!

It’s been awhile.  Like the title of this post states… blogging in the summer is really hard.

You’d think that since the Hubs and I are both off of work and the kids are in camp/daycare that there would be hours to do it but our days have been filled with activities and well the weekends are even crazier.  I’m not complaining for one second though.  It’s simply MARVELOUS.

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We are having an incredibly warm and HOT summer so far.  Last year June was COLD and so was July!  I remember because B was in his cranial helmet and we spent a lot of time out at parks because it wasn’t hot.

This summer we are living at the pool, playing in sprinklers and enjoy hot summer nights and lots of cold drinks.

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And cold treats!

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I made one of Sara’s favorites this week.  Chocolate Covered Katie’s Deep Dish Skillet Cookie  and had to top is with some SO Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream!  One of the best healthy desserts out there!

YUM!….

And other yum….

We’ve been loving the amazing Fruit and Macadamia Crunches  from Royal Hawaiian too!  They are great snacks to bring to the pool and awesome when Sara comes home from camp starving.

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Summer swimming and life means and non stop running around means that I need to have snacks on hand when Sara comes home.  Her appetite has been through the roof these last couple of weeks.

The Fruit & Macadamia Crunches come in three amazing and incredibly tasty and addicting flavors!

Royal Hawaiian’s brand philosophy reflects the heart of Hawaiian culture – that health and happiness come from the unification of mind and heart. We strive to find balance in the hustle and bustle. We show love for our community and respect the gift of nature. To us, the most delicious and worthwhile meal is one shared with friends and family.

We are loving the crunches and later this summer I’m going to have a great giveaway for all of you so STAY TUNED FRIENDS!!

In other news Week 3 of marathon training is in the books! It was a cutback week so it was pretty easy!  Soon enough the miles are going to start to add up.

The Hubs and I leave for Nashville this week and we can’t wait to for a real vacation.  YIPPEE!!  Anyone got any Nashville “must see” or “must do” suggestions?

While blogging has been hard i’m still posting on Instagram so you can always find me over there posting about daily activities and adventures.

So my friends until next time… keep enjoying the summer and the fun!

Have a great day.

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Fun Friday Facts: Summer Edition

Happy Friday!  Seems like every day is Friday around here and I’m not complaining one bit.  We are enjoying hot, beautiful sunny days.

  1. Having summers off means that random Wednesday’s can be date nights.  You can’t beat gorgeous summer nights outdoor dining and drinks like this….strawberry jalapeño margarita (so delicious that obviously 1 was NOT enough!) img_8337
  2. Summers off means enjoying beautiful days like this at our local botanic gardens.  As you can see, B was a huge fan!66c7cf0d-616b-401e-8040-ba23bc6d6547
  3. Summer means hosting lots of backyard parties and meals.  We’re having lots of friends over tonight and then we are hosting Father’s Day brunch at our house on Sunday.  I’m doing lots of heavy appetizers and salads tonight and spent yesterday shopping so that I spend more time hanging out and not cooking.  I’m make this, this and this along with some other dips.
  4. Having summers off when one kids is in camp all day and the other goes to day care 3 days a week means binge watching.  I just started watching Bloodline on Netflix and I love it!  Great summer show and of course today season 4 drops of Orange is the New Black   If the weather wasn’t supposed to be perfect and we didn’t have a ton of activities going on then I would probably be glued to my TV this weekend.
  5. Tomorrow week 2 of the long run is 7-9 miles so I am going to do 9 miles in the morning.
  6. I haven’t cooked dinner at all this week.  Summer means going out for dinner and cooking a whole lot less. It also means perhaps just ONE more birthday celebration…  img_8331
  7. The Hubs and I leave for Nashville a week from Tuesday!  We’ve never been and while we aren’t country music fans I’ve heard great things about the city and we are beyond excited about getting away for a few days!!  We are staying in East Nashville and plan to enjoy each and every minute!!  Yeah for vacations!!
  8. I’ve got some great giveaways coming up… I just need to get my act together and get them done for all of you 🙂 …

That’s all for today!  Happy Friday and Happy Father’s Day!

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MIMM: Birthday Celebrations/Week 1 of Marathon Training

We had a whole lot of excitement over here on this marvelous weekend….

First… this lady finished first grade…so we had to celebrate that BIG accomplishment.

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Then…. she turned 7…

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So… naturally we had to celebrate that some more!

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We had hot hot temps on Friday and Saturday so we kept cool by hitting the splash pad, pool and eating lots of cold treats!

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I think the highlight of Sara’s birthday was a game of Pie in Face on Saturday night…..  Definitely a whole lot of laugh and playing this game outside the way to go!  Have you ever played?

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Sunday was MUCH cooler and we enjoyed being outside and spent the afternoon at the park!

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On the running front I finished up week 1/18 of marathon training.  I opted not to do the “long run” on Saturday with CARA because it was Sara’s birthday and because the distances were between 6-8 miles starting at 7am.  I got out on Friday morning around 5:15 to get my miles in and then did another 4 on Saturday morning.

Today, I am attempting to do a back to back workout which I hope will be my summer Monday norm.  A quick 3 mile run around 5am then making a return to The Dailey Method for their 6am express class.  I’ll be back home by 7am.

I’ve been waking up naturally around the 4:45/5am mark but yesterday I “slept in” until 5:30.  It felt great…. Seriously though I need to work on this…. darn internal body clock.

All in all a fantastic and wonderful weekend!    If this weekend was a sampler of the months to come then we are in GREAT shape. Did you miss my giveaway on Friday?  Be sure to head over and get in on the action.

 

 

 

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Kicking off Summer Vacation with a Love with Food Review and Giveaway

Happy Friday!

Happy Summer!!

Happy Last Day of school for the Hubs (finished yesterday) and for Sara (finishes this morning!)

and ….

Happy Birthday to my little lady who will be  7 years old tomorrow!!

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Sara’s 1st Birthday

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Where did the time go??  To help kick off summer and the OFFICIAL  birthday weekend… I’m giving away a great box of goodies from Love with Food!!

 

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You may remember a few months ago I reviewed this amazing food and snack boxes.  Well, not they have partnered with Enjoy Life for their first ever Gluten Free BOX TAKEOVER!

Being gluten-free is tough enough. Finding snacks that are gluten-free and delicious—that’s another story! But this May, in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, Love With Food is partnering with Enjoy Life Foods to bring tasty, gluten-free options right to your doorstep.  Whether youre gluten-free or simply seeking all-natural snack alternatives, Love With Food has exactly what you’re looking for this month. Love With Food is a monthly snack delivery service that focuses on providing people with organic, all-natural snacks and, for the first time ever, they’re letting one brand—Enjoy Life Foods—take over their Gluten Free Box. As the first brand to be certified as gluten-free, Enjoy Life is also a leader in the free-from food category, providing a variety of snack options that are free from wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, and shellfish. This month, the box will include everything from cookies and muffin mix to chips and trail mix. So, if your vice is savory, sweet, or both, look no further because Love With Food has all of your cravings packaged in one single box.

One winner is going to win an amazing box from Love with Food.  Simply enter below for your chance to win.  I hope you all have fantastic weekends.  I’ll be back Monday with some birthday pictures and weekend highlights.

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Disclaimer:  I was provided this box from Love with Food.  All opinions are my own.

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MIMM: North Shore 1/2 Marathon is in the books!

Happy Monday my friends and happy LAST MONDAY of school to the Hubs and Sara.  They will officially join me in summer vacation mode around Friday at 10am!

I’m linking up with Katie today because today and this past weekend was nothing but MARVELOUS!!

We had Sara’s birthday party of Saturday with her friends from school.  I bought this shirt from her in Etsy because it’s her favorite saying!  This was just the first of several birthday celebrations because everyone though your birthday is just 24 hours, in our family we like to make it last SEVERAL weeks 🙂

Sara enjoyed a party with her friends and her Minion birthday cake!

Sunday morning was RACE Day.  I had some major race jitters.  Perhaps it was because this was my first big race in over 2 years.  I think that this was the 7th time that I’ve run the North Shore 1/2 Marathon.  I love it.  Although each year I remember how darn hilly it is!

Anyways, race weather was spectacular.  Two years ago it was blazing hot when I ran the race in around 1:49 and the year before that in 2013 was cold, rainy and windy and somehow I ran the fastest race in my life around 1:39.  My goal yesterday was 1:50.

In looking back at the previous years I realized that this race used to start at 6:50.  Not sure why they made it later.  I’d take 6:50 over 7:30 in June ANY DAY.

I started off strong through the first half but by mile 7 1/2-8 at the dreaded “mountain” I felt like I was losing steam. My thoughts immediately shifted back to the 2014 race when I had to walk a bunch because it was so hot.  It was also just days later that we found out we were pregnant!

Anyways, the last 4 miles went relatively fast even though my pace way SLOWER.  This is the mile by mile from my Garmin which was a  bit off near several of the mile markers. img_8145

My splits were not even but I finished in 1:46:23 (8:07) pace!!  I crushed my 1:50 goal and felt really good.

Here’s the thing though… I kept thinking all day, how on earth am I going to double that and do 26.2.  YIKES.  Marathon training kicks off today and I am excited and nervous.

Given my performance with the 1/2 marathon I think I am going to aim for the 8:30 pace groups for the long runs that I do with CARA.

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I’ve got my family supporting me all of the way but once I start my new job in mid august the miles really pick up!  It’s going to be hard balance!

I’m going to work hard this summer on focusing on the present and not thinking about next week or next month!  I think staying mindful (something I am always WORKING on) might help with my training.

So for now I’m thinking about today and all of the exciting things that come with celebrating Sara’s birthday all week long and the last days of school.

Meanwhile B, has the right idea about summer!

Here’s to a great day and the start of marathon training!!

 

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