Confessions…

Hello Friends!

It’s been awhile!  You see, I’ve been busy enjoying summer with these two wonderful people!20140710 064001 24001681 Confessions...

I have a confession to make… actually several of them! For the first time since the summer I actually had Sara and was on maternity leave I am not working.  It’s slightly more enjoyable when you get full nights sleep and your days and nights are filled with fun times!

Sara is loving camp, the Hubs and I are enjoying long walks, day dates and the gift of time!

So when all is said and done at the end of the day we are spent and blogging has taken a back seat.  I know that you all can understand the need to be outside and enjoy the day and not sit behind the computer.

I’ve been sleeping in till nearly 7am!  WHAT!!!?!  It’s amazing… and Sara well she is sleeping until around 8am!  The weather has been great this week.  No crazy heat.   I’ve had days at the beach surrounded by this!

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I’ve been slacking on some product reviews which I hope you will all forgive me on.  I’ll make it up to you soon!  Promise!

In the meantime I’ve received some amazing new goodies this week that came we have been loving!20140710 063959 23999022 Confessions...

Food Should Taste Good sent me a few boxes of their new gluten free brown rice crackers.  In a couple of days we have polished off the Roasted Red Pepper and Sea Salt.  I picked up fresh hummus and cheese from the farmers market this week and we have been enjoying these amazing crackers!  So good!!

And just when summer couldn’t get any better, I received a massive package of love from SoDelicious!

20140710 063959 23999902 Confessions...SoDelicious make THE ONLY gluten free, dairy free chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and it’s AMAZING!

20140710 064000 24000778 Confessions...Total chunks of cookies dough in there!!  I’m hiding this one for myself!  SHHHH

It’s ok though because I don’t think Sara is feeling short sided on ice cream!

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Confession…. we are truly enjoying summer to the very last drop!

What are you doing to make memories?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop: SNACKMASTER Dehydrator #giveaway

Happy Monday!  Crazy to think that I am linking up again for another blog hop!!  I know it just seems like the last one just ended.  But I’ve got one awesome prize that I am giving away today!! My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop Image 1 My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop: SNACKMASTER Dehydrator #giveaway It took me awhile to finally get things going this awesome dehydrator from NESCO!  The spring was so busy for me but as soon as summer started I busted this bad boy out and finally got my feet wet with dehydrating! fd80 fruit 500x500 My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop: SNACKMASTER Dehydrator #giveaway The Snackmaster Square Dehydrator is light weight, easy to store and very easy to use! First up, I made kale chips!  It took just a couple of hours and they were so crunchy!  I made them using some olive oil and spices! 20140706 155042 57042696 My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop: SNACKMASTER Dehydrator #giveawayLater in the week I made buckwheat granola which was perfect for a snack and for breakfast! 20140706 155045 57045288 My Fitness Favorites Blog Hop: SNACKMASTER Dehydrator #giveaway You can use as many of the trays you like and I loved how light weight it is!  NESCO wants to give ONE winner the chance to win their own SNACKMASTER!!! Please note this giveaway is open to US residents only.  Enter below for your chance to win!   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now be sure to hop over to the other blogs and check out their great giveaways!

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I’m Back with another Round of the Ultimate Coffee Date

Well hello blog world!  I took some time off to be with family and friends and it was simply wonderful!  I figured today was a perfect day to re-surface seeing as it’s one again time for the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up Party!  

SliderImage WEB1 Im Back with another Round of the Ultimate Coffee Date If we were having coffee I would tell you that summer is going by WAY to FAST.  How on earth is it July 5th?  Did you enjoy your 4th?  We had a blast!!!20140704 163757 59877772 Im Back with another Round of the Ultimate Coffee Date

It amazes me that we are heading into week two of July.  I swear that it was just Memorial Day.  SLOW DOWN SUMMER!

If we were having coffee I would tell you all about our amazing week away with friends in Wisconsin.  Lots of laughs, good times and great memories!!20140704 163755 59875837 Im Back with another Round of the Ultimate Coffee Date

If were having coffee I’d bring you some strawberries.  I have plenty to share after we went picking a few days ago!

20140704 163756 59876612 Im Back with another Round of the Ultimate Coffee Date If we were having coffee, I would tell you that right now I’m more focused on enjoying summer than blogging because I need to spend less time behind my computer and more time outside!  I’ve got some great giveaways coming up and some awesome things to share with you but summer is all about enjoying!!!

If we were having coffee,  I would tell you that I FINISHED the #100HappyDays challenged this past week!  It was fun and I never missed a day.  It taught me to enjoy the little things in life.  I will do it again soon!!  Is anyone else doing it?

If we were having coffee ,I would tell you that the Hubs and I are FINALLY going to get Netflix so that we can become obsessed with all the awesome shows out there!!!  Hello, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black!  What else do we need to watch?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Sara has mastered the job of “sleeping in.”  Staying up a bit later used to just mean getting up earlier in the morning and made for a longer day.  Now, she can stay up later and sleep in!  LOVE IT!!

That’s about all of this morning, I’m off for a run while my family is still sleeping.  By the way, I have managed to shift my body clock from waking up at 5:15 and can now sleep in till about 6:15-6:30.  It’s awesome.  Does a 6:30 wake up feel like sleeping in anyone else?

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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What To Eat Before a Long Run

WhattoEatBeforeaRunButton 1024x1024 What To Eat Before a Long Run Proper fueling can make or break a run. I’ve had plenty of runs that left me thinking, “Well, that didn’t work.” To keep energy sustained throughout a long run, proper fueling includes hydration and a small meal/snack consisting of carbohydrates about 1-2 hours before a run. Keep in mind, every body is different. Therefore, just because it works for Jack and Jill, doesn’t mean it will work for you.

For food, I’ve found peanut butter spread on a plain bagel thin topped with half a banana works best for me. I usually do long runs in the mornings, so I eat this right when I wake up. Timing is important when thinking about fueling. Allow enough time for your body to digest your food. Otherwise, more blood will be diverted to the stomach and pulled away from the muscles. This can lead to GI issues. Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s not fun.

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What to Eat Before a Long Run

For some runners, myself included, eating fiber the day before or the morning of a long run can mean trouble. Fiber speeds up digestion which could lead to unplanned bathroom breaks along the way. When training for a half marathon or marathon, the last thing you want to do is be stranded somewhere and in need of a bathroom. I’ve cut vegetables and anything high fiber out of my diet the day and morning before a long run or race. I have had good success with this.

2013 09 22 05.25.41 556x1024 What To Eat Before a Long Run Long runs should be a time to test your pace and distance, not your ability to find the nearest bathroom. Keep a journal of your pre-run fuel and track how you feel during and after the long run. Experiment with caffeine, but always make sure you are properly hydrated beforehand. Once all those ducks are in a row, enjoy yourself! Long runs are a great time to focus on training your mentality.

Thank you to Laura for letting me take over her blog today!

Nikki is a running blogger from northeastern Wisconsin. She blogs about her passions including running, group fitness, and food at grabyourkicks.com. She is a certified Group Centergy instructor and can be found on various social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

What do you eat to fuel for a long run?

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Currently…

Hi folks!

It’s time for another round of Currently…

Reading: Thanks to PopSugar, I have been reading the new the Emily Griffin book!  The best part is reading it outside at the beach on days like this!!  Seriously, I love summer!

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Running: With no races on the calendar I’ve been running 3-4 days a week anywhere from 3-7 miles at a time.  Nothing crazy and the mornings here have been so foggy and gross that many of them have been on my treadmill.  No complaints though, it’s nice to be able to have the treadmill when I can’t get outside!

Non-Running Workout: The Dailey Method… duh!!!

Excitement: We are headed to Wisconsin for the week with two other families and kids!  I am SOOOO excited!!!  We are renting a big house with plenty of space to hang, play, swim, grill and relax!  I can’t wait!!

Garden Item: Everything is blooming!!  Hello squash and tomatoes!!  I also have an overgrowth of parsley!  Not sure what do with it!!  Ideas??

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TV: We just started watching the series Ray Donovan which is a Showtime series.  It’s pretty good!  I really need to subscribe to Netflix so I can watch House of Cards and Orange is the New Black!

Kitchen Gadget: The Grill!!  We are grilling as much as we can and my favorite grill item is my veggie grill basket!!  I know it looks black and not pretty but it’s seasoned and makes THE BEST grilled veggies ever!

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Not-So-Healthy-Indulgence: I wouldn’t really classify these as NOT so healthy but they are “treat” these days!  I was sent these samples from Barnana

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The Peanut butter banana is the best!!!  So good!!  They are a yummy treat after dinner and something that we are all enjoying!  Barnana has four great flavors for you to choose from!   All Barnana products Non GMO and gluten free. Barnana bites are raw dehydrated banana bites that pack the perfect amount of flavor.  With simple ingredients, they are are awesome for packing and are great to throw in the purse when you need a little snack. These are a whole lot easier than packing a banana,  I also like the plain original bites dipped in almond butter!!

Healthy Indulgence: My farmers market is back which means my farmers market veggie burgers are back!!  Love these burgers!!!

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Mood: So freaking happy!!  How can you down on days like this!

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YOUR TURN! Pick something in this post and tell me about you!

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