Friday, May 2, 2014

Five on Friday!!

Good Morn!

Today I'm linking up with some lovely ladies to do 5 on Friday.

1- Next Saturday is my 25k!  Super excited and a little nervous... I would love to stay under 9 minute mile average, but we will see what happens.  My 12 mile training run was INCREDIBLE!  So I'm hoping to have that feeling with this run, too.

2- My mom and I are going to a Mother/Daughter Banquet tonight at church.  The last time we went to a banquet was when I was 6 and we wore matching floral dresses.  So tonight we are going to coordinate our outfits.  We are going to wear these.

Not completely matching, but coordinating at my Grandparent's 60th anniversary
3- I'm helping with Girls on the Run at school and the girls are just so precious and we are having such a great time training for a 5k :)

4-I flew a kite for the first time in my entire life last weekend at the beach!  Hubby got a ton of pictures of me, but here is one of my love flying the kite.  Not a great moment to catch, but we had a lot of fun!

5- Super pumped for the weekend!  My dad and I are going to try to go fishing if the weather cooperates :)  And I'm hoping to meet my friend's brand new puppy.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Favorite Things Link Up!

Good Morn!! 

I am linking up with Beauty and the Greek for this month's These are my Favorite Things!

Who's excited for MAY?????? I sure am!  So here goes!

1.  Ramen noodles... totally forgot about this little meal until I decided to save a TON of money for my lunches every day.  Remember we are trying to spend as little money as possible, and I saw ramen and it brought back memories of college and for 33 cents I thought I'd give them another try and I love eating it!  So I'll take a pack of ramen, some veggies, and a granola bar for lunch and I'm good.

2. Running Club- We joined a running club in our town and I am loving it!!  There are some pretty fast runners there and so hubby loves it because it challenges him and I am always in the back trying to keep up.  Usually there's another girl there that keeps me company, but last night I was the only girl to stick around, so the boys took turns staying back with me... and the run still kicked my butt!  Mile repeats with hill work!!  It's good for me though!

3- Garmin Forerunner 10- This is always one of my favorites!  I don't know what I'd do without my GPS watch.  It has for sure paid for itself with how much I use it.  And I got it for a great deal.  I've had it for almost a year now and it's such an awesome tool to have.

4- Dunkin Donuts Jelly Donut Coffee- We used to use our Keurig all the time, but I realized how much money we were spending on coffee each month so we bought a cheap $15.00 coffeemaker and started using it and it does take more time to brew coffee, but I feel we have more variety with coffee and I love this jelly donut flavor!  Delicious!

5- NYX Glossy Brown Eyeliner- I am loving NYX makeup.  I've tried a highlighter, blush, and the eyeliner, and they are all great products, but the eyeliner stays on all day just like my Clinique eyeliner I used to buy.  And the whole line is pretty inexpensive :) 

YAY FOR MAY!! The weather is getting warmer and I have a teeny, tiny, mini tan from running which seriously makes me so happy!! 

What are your favorite things this month?

Monday, April 28, 2014

A New Thing

Good Morn!!!

So I had a great 10 mile run on Friday!  Averaged a 9:04 for the run, so I was happy with that.  Nothing much to say other than a good training run.  This weekend I will do 8 miles and then it's race day May 10th!  Woohoo!!!

So onto the new thing... it's really not that new I just came on board with it.  We are doing the whole Dave Ramsey get out of debt thing.  My hubby has been into it for years, but I felt it was just cramping my style (which it was, and still is), but I decided to stop spending money and try to pay off all our debt before our little kiddies arrive.  So I decided that every Monday starting next week I'll do a little video to show the cheap things that I have that are just as good as my beloved, nicer, more expensive stuff :)  We'll see how it goes, I hate the sound of my own voice, so I hope it's not like nails on a chalkboard to everyone else!  Hah.

Today is my rest day cue the Hallelujah chorus!  My legs just feel pretty tired.  So I'm excited to rest.

Do you guys get excited for rest days?  Or do you dread them?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Family Time

Hello there!

I have had an awesome week!  I spent all my extra time with my brother and his family while they were here and it was so much fun!!!

Yesterday we went to a petting zoo and I think I loved it more than the kids!  I tried to convince my hubby to buy me this bunny, but seeing as we have a beagle I'm thinking he was right in saying no.

I have a ten-mile run on the schedule for today so I'll update my instagram with how that goes.  I'm waiting until this afternoon because it's supposed to be beautiful out!  I love running in nice weather.  This winter was brutal, we had record-breaking snow and ridiculous amounts of ice, super cold weather, etc.  So it's exciting to be able to run in nice weather :)  Thanksgiving day we were in a 10K and woke up that morning to 6+ inches of snow!!  It was my worst race ever.  It was a trail run in a ton of snow.  Ew.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Birthday Celebrations!

Good Morn!!

I have been getting in my training runs... just 2 more weeks and it's race day!  I got in a 6 miler and a 5 miler and may take tomorrow off.  I am prone to shin splints and I feel them sproutin' up and I almost turned around and cut my run short today but I didn't, so we will see how tomorrow feels.  I'm sleeping in my compression sleeves so hopefully it's a magical fix :)

It's my brother's birthday next Monday and he is here now from NC so I made him a super hero cake!

I think it turned out okay... it's a little sloppy but it tasted good and that's the important part, right?

We are off to the petting zoo so I'm hoping for some nice weather.  I will have some great pictures from that amazing adventure, I'm sure!

See you soon!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Update

Good Morning!!

It is such a good morning.  I had an awesome weekend!!  Started with meeting my new baby nephew!  He is so so cute!

Saturday morning was the 5k.  No PR here.  But I'm not disappointed at all because Saturday morning was just one of those days I didn't care about going fast.  I was just like "eh, let's enjoy this day."  And I still mustered up an 8:25 pace.  So it made me very happy that when I do decide to go fast I may make my PR then :)

Saturday afternoon was spent with 2 of my 3 brothers and their families and my mom and dad and grandma and grandpa and my sister-in-law's mom, too!  Phew.  It was busy but so much fun!  We even took the paddle boat out for the first time on the pond.

Sunday morning my brother and I decided to do a 5 mile run together.  We stopped to take an Easter morning selfie.  We had such an awesome time catching up and running together.

Off to church we went with the fam after the run.

Don't mind my crazy face... or my dirty mirror :)
Church, dinner, Easter Egg Hunt.

A great weekend with great family.  Hope you all had a great Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5k and Pinterest FAIL!

Good Morn!

Wish me luck... I'm off to a 5k.  Would love to PR, but I really don't think it's going to happen.  My previous PR is 24:30.  To beat that would be pretty amazing for me!  But we will see how it goes!

I made a birthday cake for my fabulous sister and it was supposed to turn out like this

Here is mine...

Yes you see that right, it looks like poop.  So... I was too embarrassed to take it over to my parents.  I ended up spreading it all out to look like this.  Not much better but it didn't look like piles of poop.

The good part of this story is that the cake tasted amazing!! It is a chocolate/coffee flavored cake with mocha buttercream frosting.  I combined two cake recipes and a different frosting recipe and it turned out very well.  I think almost everyone had 2 pieces!!  

Okay, now I'm off... I'll post on instagram.  So check it out, if you want :)  Have a great weekend and Happy Resurrection Day tomorrow!!