Things I’m Loving XVIII

TGIF!!!  We made it to the weekend, woohoo!!  It’s been a long week friends and I am SO ready to kick off this weekend!  We have some fun plans scheduled this weekend which include a Cirque show tomorrow night that I am REALLY looking forward to.  So, without further adieu,  here are the things this week that have made me smile!

I have watched this video at least a half dozen times this week, I LOVE Paul Rudd, he just killed this battle and it made me laugh hard each time I watched it!

pineapple bar

I bought these fruit bars a while back at the grocery store and finally got around to opening them this week. With not feeling all that well in the beginning of the week, solid food was not my friend so I savored this incredibly tasty pops.  They are not overly sweet and have chunks of pineapple in them, DELICIOUS!!  Plus, they didn’t upset my stomach!

Defiance

Robyn discovered this show and we have been binge watching it pretty much every chance we get to sit down on the couch together and relax.  We are mid way through the first season and I am really liking it.  It’s a Sci-Fi show, so if shows like this appeal to you, definitely give this one a try.

EOSI have never been one to use lip balm, I have never needed it, but I think since it’s been a brutally cold winter here, coupled with long runs outdoors, my lips are seriously so dry.  I picked up this lip balm at the grocery store on a whim because I liked the way it looked and it is AMAZING!  It is really easy to put on, is not sticky and smells amazing.  Ashton is a bit obsessed with it too, whenever I take it out, he asks for some too!

 

socksI will do a more in depth review of these at a later date, but I was sent a few pairs of these socks and I am IN LOVE!!  I never thought I would branch out from my tried and true Wrightline socks, but there are awesome socks and every time I run in them, I don’t know why I was ever running in anything else.

 

Have a great weekend friends, be safe, have fun and get your sweat on!

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Question of the day

What are you loving this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

My First Nature Box

For my birthday, my BFF bought me a 3 month subscription to Nature Box.  She said she knew how hard I was training for my marathon and how important is was to me to have access to quick and healthy snacks, so she thought this was the perfect gift for me.  I have to say, she was right and I was SO excited.  I have heard so much about Nature Box over the past few months that I was really excited to see what all the hype was about.  I am no stranger to monthly subscriptions, as I have been a Birchbox member for well over a year and absolutely love it and think it’s more than worth the $10 a month, so I was interested to see how this subscription was.

They have three different box sizes 5, 10 or 20 bags.  I was gifted the 5 bag.  Once I created my account and put in the special code, I realized that  I was able to either choose my own snacks or get a surprise box of their most popular items.  Since it was my first time and I’m kind of a control freak, I wanted to pick my own. I waited patiently after I made my selection and within a week, this beautiful box was delivered!

naturebox

I loved the little “Keep Calm” post card.  I was really excited to see the packaging (I love seeing how different companies present their offerings.)  I was also really shocked at how big the bags were of each item.  Each bag had 4-5 servings, so 15-20 servings per box is pretty awesome.

I ordered the following bags:

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Whole Wheat Apple Pie Figgy Bars
Peanut Butter Nom Noms
Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels
Cocoa Waffle Wafers
Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops

Since my shipments arrival about 3 weeks ago, I have now tried all the items.  So far, I am impressed.  My favorite item is a tie between the PB Nom Noms (Ashton loved them too) and the Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels, both were incredible.  Of all the packages, the Cocoa Waffle Wafers didn’t have much flavor to them, so I’d say I wouldn’t want them again, but all in all, I enjoyed the rest of the packages.

While it’s only the first box and I have two more coming to me, I am excited for the next shipment as I am going to let them pick what I get to see how they do with my taste preferences.  What I love about this so far is that there are not only some pretty unique options but Nature Box guarantees that their snacks will have no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.  I really like that their products are fairly healthy given that they are packaged food and easily portable, so I can bring them to work or leave them in my car when I need a quick snack!

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Question of the day

Has anyone out there tried Nature Box?  Tell me about your experience!

 

 

Ignite Naturals Ambassador

Hi guys!  I’ve missed you.  Yesterday I was home again because Ashton’s stomach bug came back with a vengeance.  I am hoping we are both through the worst of it now, but of course, Robyn wasn’t feeling well last night, I really hope it doesn’t hit him this week.  Given all the sickness over the past week or so, I am a bit delayed in mentioning this, but a few weeks ago I was asked to be an Ignite Naturals Ambassador.  Of course, I was very excited as I tried, reviewed and hosted a great giveaway for some of their awesome InRefresh products.  So, if you look over to the right in my sidebar, you will see this cute new addition!

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As part of my new relationship with them, I have a special discount code for all of my awesome readers.  If you use this code, you will  receive 10% off all purchases made on the Ignite website, the code is: IN0860 so go, get your shopping on and enjoy their awesome, natural products and let me know what you think!

 

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Question of the day

Has anyone out there tried Ignite Natural products?  Tell me about your experience!

 

Boston Marathon Training: Week 8 Update (HALF WAY THERE!!)

Howdy friends! I hope you all had a great weekend.  This weekend was sure memorable for us, as we celebrated our little monster’s 2nd birthday with all our friends and family!  His official birthday is today, I cannot believe how quickly 2 years just flew right by us!  It was also a bit of a crazy week with Ashton getting the stomach flu on late Wednesday evening and then passing the lovely bug to me on Friday.  Thankfully, I think we are both feeling better today, so keep your fingers crossed for us 🙂  I am officially half way through my marathon training, CRAZY!!  Here is what the week looked like:

Week: 2/17-2/23

Monday: Today was a rest day, I usually would do yoga at work, but since it was President’s Day and I had the day off, I spent the day hanging with my boys.  We went to an animal adventure place and then stopped at a Vineyard on the way home, it was a perfect rest day!

Tuesday: I got in 7.5 miles before work.  Overall, this run was kind of tough.  I had to stop a few times and stretch my calves and knew I had to spend some QT with the foam roller in the evening.

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After Ash went to bed, I got in a really quick Blogilates Ab video, the 5 Minute Ab Express and foam rolled to finish off the day!

Wednesday: On Wednesday my plan said to cross train so I was excited to FINALLY try a spin class at my work gym.  I got in early, got set up on my bike and was really looking forward to taking spin, since I haven’t taken a spin class is over a year because the times for the classes at my home gym just don’t work for my schedule.  Well, wouldn’t you know, the instructor had a sub for this class and the sub never showed!!  As an instructor, I was pretty mad.  You NEVER just not show up for a class.  The group fitness manager was trying to get a hold of her and needless to say, there was a full class of pretty irritated people.  Someone in the class thought I taught group fitness and asked me to teach the class and everyone thought that was a great idea. I have NEVER taught spin before and it’s so different than Group Power and Group Step/Blast, but since everyone was there and really wanted to get their workout in, I obliged.  The fitness manager put on some music and I just free styled a spin class.  It clearly wasn’t my best class, but I think I did okay and everyone seemed happy and thankful, so I’m calling it a success.

Thursday: I was scheduled to teach my Group Power class at the gym, but my sweet little monster got the stomach flu.  It started on Wednesday evening at 11pm and he didn’t stop vomiting until 4:30 am on Thursday.  He finally got a few hours of sleep and I stayed home with him on Thursday where we spent the day cuddling and cleaning up more vomit.  I’m telling you, being a parent is not all fun and games!!  When he went down for his afternoon nap, I did Group Power at home since I have all the equipment I needed and in the evening I did Blogilates ABC Abs.

Friday: I went back to work on Friday and got my 10 mile run in early in the morning and I was REALLY thankful I am a morning runner.  By the time noon hit, I was starting to feel nauseous. 

10m run

I don’t know how I even got home on Friday and was in bed by 5 p.m. and stayed there until 8 the next morning.  It was brutal.  If Ashton felt half as bad as I did, that makes me feel even worse.

Saturday: I was supposed to do yoga, but given how I was feeling, I took another rest day.  We also had Ashton’s 2nd birthday party so I had to pull myself together and make it through the party.  Thankfully Ashton wasn’t so bad and he really enjoyed himself, but once we got home, we both went downhill again.  I spent the rest of the day in bed.

Sunday: I woke up on Sunday feeling better.  I got up ate for the first time since Friday morning and we went about our morning routine.  By 11 am I decided I needed to try and get my long run done.  I made the decision that I was going to do the run at the gym instead of outside in case I got sick.  I didn’t want to be alone, outside and having to call Robyn if I needed someone to come pick me up.  Since I run during Ashton’s nap time, I didn’t want Robyn to have to wake him up to get me if that happened.  I was armed with lots of Gatorade and fuel and started off slow.  Luckily, the first 12 miles didn’t feel so bad.  I made sure to take in a lot of fluids since I knew I was dehydrated and I ate every 3.5 miles.  The last 5 miles were UGLY and I started to get the chills.  I ended up dropping down to a 10:00 min/mile and it hurt, but I finished the full 17 miles and given that all I ate all weekend was 1/2 a bagel and a bottle of Gatorade before the run, I will call this run a WIN.  I truly hope I never have to run under these conditions again though.

long run done

Total mileage: 34 miles!

Plan for Next Week

Monday: Rest/yoga

Tuesday: 9.5 m

Wednesday: Cross train

Thursday: Teach GP

Friday: 10m

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: 18m

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Question of the day

Who ran long or raced this weekend? Tell me about it!

Things I’m loving XVII

Happy Friday!!  I hope you are all having a great week!  I was home yesterday with my little monster who was sick all night long, and unfortunately, my husband just called and while we thought he was better today, he is still sick.  We have a big weekend with his 2nd birthday party tomorrow, so I really hope he is feeling better for his party.  I am beyond excited for this weekend as we have done so much planning to make his party special, let’s hope he can enjoy it!  Let’s get to the things I’m loving this week!

  • Hard Boiled Eggs

hard boiled eggs

I made a dozen hard boiled eggs on Sunday and have been eating them for breakfast this past week, which was genius on my part!  I have been starving this week after my workouts and they have been able to satisfy me and keep me full until lunch.  Why I didn’t think of this before is beyond me, but better late than never right?

  • Where the Wild Things Are Chair

chair

Where the Wild Things Are is one of my favorite childhood books, so I love reading it to Ashton.  When my BFF called me last week and said she found a hand painted Where the Wild Things Are chair and got it for Ashton (it was going to be thrown away?!) I was excited to see it.  I picked it up this week and fell in love.  It is in great condition with just a few nicks in the paint, but overall it’s a super sturdy, awesome chair that now sits in his room. I love the details on the legs and it has a little crown on the back top of the chair.  I’m in love!!

  • The Sock Bun

sockbun

I recently started experimenting with my hair, more than just brushing it straight or scrunching it and calling it a day.  I am pretty much the lowest maintenance female on the planet, I can be showered and ready to go in 15 minutes flat.  When I saw the sock bun, I fell in love.  Flash forward a couple of weeks and a dozen tries and I have now mastered the sock bun in my hair.  This is not me in this picture, but you get the idea. I absolutely love wearing my hair like this because I can look pulled together for work with something that takes me less than 2 minutes to do.  I am probably way behind in the sock bun craze, but I don’t care, I am loving this super easy hairstyle!

  • This saying

a girl without freckles

Clearly I am biased because I am covered in freckles.  I used to hate them growing up as I grew up in a town where I was likely the palest person in the town, and even within my family, I am the fairest (the only one who doesn’t tan) and the only one covered in freckles.  But, as I have gotten older, I have embraced them and grown to love them.

  • This picture

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Two years ago today, this picture was taken.  I had no idea that our little monster would be born just a few days later (a total surprise as he was a month early!!).  I love looking back on my maternity pictures, especially as his birthday draws closer.

 

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Question of the day

Tell me something you are loving or what fun plans you have this weekend?

Sunshine Burger Black Bean Southwest Burrito

***Disclaimer: The following post is a review for Sunshine Burger. I  was given the opportunity to participate in this review through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship and was provided with 6 boxes of various products from Sunshine to try out for this purpose.  I received no other compensation for this review and the opinions expressed in this blog about this product are 100% my own honest, unbiased opinion.***

sunshineWith the Winter Olympics in full swing, Fit Approach teamed up with Sunshine Burgers to create some tasty recipes to fuel athletes.  When I was initially contacted in regards to participating in this review program,  I was really excited since not only am I an athlete, but my diet is heavily (around 95%) based around vegetarian foods and it’s not always easy to find a lot of good tasting, healthy for you veggie burger products out there…trust me, I’ve tried.

What I love about all of the Sunshine Burgers first and foremost is their nutrition profile.  First off, all of the ingredients in each product are 100% organic. Each serving (one burger) has 200-300 calories with 10-16 grams of fat, 4-9 grams of fiber and 7-12 grams of protein to keep you feeling full.  Adding to the great stats mentioned above, they do not contain any GMO’s, gluten, trans fats, cholesterol or soy.  Soy has become a hot topic of debate lately and while I am not 100% on where I fall with regards to this debate, I like the idea of having a soy free veggie burger option.

After looking through the samples that were sent to me, I was naturally drawn to the Black Bean South West burger as I typically like things that have a bit of kick and spice to them. As an athlete, I am always looking for a meal that can refuel me after long, grueling workouts and keep me satisfied until my next meal.  I decided to whip up a quick lunch after one of my weekend long runs and used the Black Bean South West burger to make a burrito.

 Black Bean Southwest Burrito

sw burger meal 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Black Bean South West Sunshine Burger patty (crumbled)
  • 2 heaping scoops of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Crumbled Cheese (I used Kerrygold Dubliner Irish Cheese)
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • Salsa
  • 1 soft tortilla

Directions:

  • Throw the rice, beans, kale, cheese, and Sunshine Burger crumbles in a bowl and microwave until warm.
  • Top with avocado slices, salsa, rice chips and sprouts. Enjoy!

I have to say, I was really impressed with this dish.  The burrito was delicious and it had the perfect texture and taste. After eating it, I understood why they called this their Black Bean South West burger, as it gave my dish a nice little zesty kick with its organic paprika, cumin, green peppers, cilantro, jalapenos and other spices.I also really loved how this lunch kept me satiated until dinner.  It’s really important to me as I am training for a marathon, to each nutritious and organic food that is going to help fuel my body appropriately and satisfy my increasing hunger.  Not only did this meal not disappoint, but it was also incredibly easy and quick to make.  Sunshine Burgers are all pre-baked and browned, so all you have to do is heat them up (via microwave, grill, oven, etc) and they are ready to eat, it doesn’t get much easier than that.  Also, my toddler really enjoyed them as well, so that is a double win in my book!

I tried one of each of the flavors of Sunshine Burgers that were sent to me and there wasn’t one that I didn’t like.  Overall, I am really excited that I finally found a veggie burger, that comes in a lot of different options, that taste good and are healthy for my family and I.  If you are interested in picking up a few boxes of Sunshine Burgers to try for yourself (you really should!), you can find a store in your region here: http://www.sunshineburger.com/find-a-store/

You can also follow them on social media:

Twitter: @SunshineBurger

Facebook: Sunshine Burger

 

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Question of the day

Have you tried Sunshine Burgers before? If not, what is your favorite veggie burger brand?


Boston Marathon Training: Week 7 Update

Happy President’s Day!  I hope you all are enjoying an extra long weekend, I know I am!  We are heading out to Exotic Animal Adventures in just a few hours, I really hope it’s as cool in person as it sounds on the website!  I am really glad it’s an easy workout day, so I can fully enjoy the extra day with my boys.  So, week 7 just wrapped up, overall, I felt pretty good. It was a lighter week and the snow put some kinks in my plan, but such is life.  Here’s what my week looked like!

Week: 2/10-2/16

Monday: I did a lunchtime yoga class at work for my “rest” day which felt amazing after my long run on Sunday.  In the evening I did Blogilates Good Times Ab Challenge and let me tell you, that banana move catches up to you, YOWZA!  I spent about 45 mins with my trigger point set while watching Defiance before bed.

Tuesday: I ran 6 miles on the work treadmill.  I didn’t take a picture because exactly at the 5 mile point as I was trying to increase my speed, I accidentally hit the emergency stop button, so I had to wait for the treadmill to re-calibrate and then restart to finish my last mile.  I was a little frustrated because I was in such a great groove, but I was still really happy because the entire run felt pretty great, even on tired legs!

Wednesday: Another 6 milers on the work treadmill.  I took it pretty easy on this run, I will say I felt like a 7 out of 10 on this run, I didn’t feel bad, but my calves were a bit tighter since I ran yesterday morning too. I really think the day of rest in between runs works best for my legs, thankfully, I went to PT in the evening and they did some Graston to help loosen up the muscles.

wed am run

Thursday: We ended up getting  a pretty bad snowstorm that kept me working from home and my evening Group Power class was cancelled.  I had high hopes of doing an hour video at home, but it didn’t happen, but I did get in a Blogilates video.  I did the Slim Waist Cocktail Dress video.

Friday: I was stuck home again because of the snow.  It was a “rest day” according to my plan, but I rested yesterday too so when Robyn got home from work, I did an hour long yoga video to get ready for my “long” run on Saturday.

Saturday: My training plan had me racing a half marathon today.  Unfortunately, there was no half marathon in the area going on and the snow is still so bad that there was no way I could safely run the streets, so I headed to the gym to get my mileage in.  It was perfect timing too, because I had signed up in the Fall for a virtual half marathon through Mom’s Run This Town, so the mileage was perfect to knock this off my to do list! I did 13.1 miles in 1:56 flat, it’s not a PR, but I was happy with it.  

Sunday: Active rest day, did an hour long yoga class and chased after my son and his two friends who were over the house for a play date.

Total mileage: 25.1, next week we are kicking it back into high gear!

Plan for Next Week

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday:  7m

Wednesday: Cross train

Thursday: Teach GP

Friday: 10m

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: 17m

 

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Question of the day

Any fun plans for today?  Is anyone stuck working?

 

Things I’m loving XVI-The red edition

Happy Friday, and of course Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  I’m home for the second day in a row due to the crazy snow storm we got. It’s still snowing here, so I’ll be staying warm and cozy today. My husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day with gifts in the traditional sense, rather we buy a special, gourmet box of chocolates each year (we change what we buy every time) and enjoy them together.   We also make a homemade mac and cheese with 6 specialty cheeses together (it’s the only time of the year he let’s me in the kitchen with him) 😉 I love our little traditions that are special and meaningful to us.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am going to do a special Things I’m Loving today, dedicated to 5 things I’m loving that are RED. So here is the love bomb!

love bomb

  •  Red Velvet Cakered velvet cake

I’m not a huge cake fan and I usually will just pass if that’s on the dessert menu, but every once in a while, I’ll come across a Red Velvet cake (or cupcake) with the most perfect cream cheese frosting and I have to have some.  I don’t know what it is about this particular cake, but I really enjoy it!

ash new shoesThere is nothing cuter than a pair of Converse on a little kid. Our little family all were Converse.  Ashton’s first pair were black, but he is just about outgrown them, so he is now the proud new owner of the red pair above and pair of gray ones!  I love watching him and my husband walking somewhere together, holding hands with the same shoes on, it’s just the cutest thing!

salsaI’m a huge fan of salsa. Recently, our regular salsa hasn’t been stocked in the grocery store so my husband started getting this Green Mountain Gringo salsa and it’s AMAZING!  I love really chunky salsa, so this one fits the bill.  Plus it’s made with fresh vegetable and has no GMO’s.  This is now our new “regular” salsa and we always have a few jars of it in the house.

sumo chairAshton is obsessed with reading, so I had been looking for the perfect chair for his reading nook in his room. After going back and forth looking at the anywhere chairs at PBK and Land of Nod, my husband found this company that sells over sized bean bags with washable covers that guarantee they will never go flat.  We both loved bean bag chairs growing up, so we ordered Ashton a Sumo gamer chair for his birthday.  It came in this week and his birthday is later this month, so we opened it and let him play on it.  It was WAY bigger than I thought it was going to be.  As you can see, it comfortably fits both Ashton and my husband (he is 6’4 and fits perfectly on it with room to spare.)  Ashton loves it, he spends a lot of time jumping on it and asking us to sit on it with him and read.  SCORE!

Taylor_Swift_-_RedThis is one of my favorite albums.  But, let’s be honest, whatever Taylor Swift is selling, I’m buying.  I LOVE her music, it’s so catchy and always has a story behind it.  Please don’t judge me too harshly on this 😉

***There are still a few more days to enter my GIVEAWAY***

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Questions of the day

What are your thoughts/traditions on Valentines Day?

 

 

Another day, another snow storm

Howdy friends!  I’m sitting in my home office, drinking a cup of chai tea and watching the snow fall as we are getting hit with another snow storm, expecting another 12″+ today.  This of course is falling on the 12″ that fell last week around the same time.

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I don’t like to complain too much about the weather, we live in New England after all, so brutal Winters are expected, but this has been one of the coldest winters in years.  Normally I may not have noticed it as much as I have this year since I have never trained outdoors during the Winter before, but man, the number of negative degree temps we have had has been tough, even for those who love the Winter like my husband.

Anyways, I am just trying to stay warm while writing my 2014 work goals and finishing up a project I have been working on.  I’m pretty sure my Group Power class tonight will be cancelled, so since I won’t be teaching, I’ll need to get a workout done at home at some point today.

And I’ll leave you with a shot of my first baby…Morgan.  Don’t mind his bed head, he is still recovering from his birthday last week!!  He turned 10!!!

morgan

Stay safe and warm out there!

***You still have a few more days to enter my GIVEAWAY***

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Questions of the day

How many of you are stuck at home today?

Ignite Naturals INRefresh WINNER

Hello my friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I am happy to announce we have a winner of the Ignite INRefresh Sample box…drum roll please!!!

winner

 SARA BECKER

Congrats Sara!!  Email me at lifebetweenthemiles@gmail.com with your info (name & address) and I’ll pass it along to the good people at Ignite Naturals so they can get your sample out to you!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered and a big thank you for the folks at Ignite for providing me with an opportunity to review their great product and share the love with my readers!!

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Question of the day

Tell me something good about your week so far!