9.19.2014

Race Day Prep

Call me motivated or crazy or whatever, but this weekend I've decided to run TWO 5 km races!  I haven't run a race in over 3 years and just started back running less than 2 months ago.  So maybe just a touch crazy, but I'm so excited!

Today is going to be race weekend prep day! How do you prepare for your big day? Here's a few things I'll be doing to ensure I'm ready to go at the starting line:

How to Prepare for a Race
  • Playlist - this is super important! I will be ensuring my little IPod Shuffle is fully charged and fully loaded with my favourite jams. There's nothing worse than heading out of the starting gate with your battery dead or trying to shuffle to your favourite song. Here's a couple new tunes I will be adding to the line up:

Taylor Swift - Shake it Off

Meghan Trainor - All About That Base



  • Outfit - this afternoon I will be planning out my running outfit.  And yes, it is something you should give some thought.  I will make sure my favourite shorts, socks & even undies are washed and ready to rock.  There's nothing worse than feeling rushed in the morning searching for your gear or using a pair of inferior socks for your big race!

    • Rest - absolutely! No running for me today.  I may do a little yoga or go for a walk, but I'm confident my training has prepared me for tomorrow. The last thing I want to do is overdo it or injure myself the night before the race!
    • Relax - I think this an definite must do.  Whether is curling up with a book, meditating or taking a nap, giving yourself a mental & physical break will definitely help you tackle that starting line. Me? I'm taking a bubble bath tonight to enjoy a little R & R.
    • Recharge - the last thing I will be focusing on today is recharging my body.  There will be lots of hydrating and nutrient loading.  That way I will be recharged and ready to go in the early morning without having to eat or drink copious amounts before heading the the race.

    How do you prepare for game day? Whether it's a run, game or a big meeting...what are your go to preparations to keep you focused, positive and ready to rock?


    9.16.2014

    Girls Getaway: It's All About Self Care

    It feels like Christmas this morning; the anticipation & excitement bubbly over and getting me out of bed before 6:00am.  Yup...it's Girls Getaway Day!!! 

    Me and my BFF Heather are hitting the road, ditching our partners, our jobs, kids and cats and enjoying a little freedom for the next 36 hours. Can you tell I'm PUMPED!!  I can't remember the last time I went away without kids or my husband and just hung out with my favourite lady.

    To some it may sound like I'm running away, but to me, I'm heading in the right direction. Self-care, self-love and taking care of me are a priority...and should be for you too. Yes, we all have responsibilities...kids, work, spouses, pets, family....but what about you? Where do you fall on that never ending list of things to-do?

    How can you take care of all those other items without taking care of you first? What good are you if you're tired, over worked, stressed, cranky and maybe even totally checked-out? 

    So in just a couple hours, Heather & I will be hitting the highway and enjoying some much needed R & R! EEEEK!  Can you say hot tub, wine tastings, food & fun?!



    Now that I'm done doing my little happy dance, there's one little thing I'd like you to do today...

    Take a little time for you; for some self care.  It doesn't have to be big or expensive...even just 15 minutes of uninterrupted time for you to enjoy one of your favourite things.  Maybe relax with a quiet cup of tea, read a book, take a bath, go for a walk, eat a piece of cake without sharing, but whatever it is make it just for you!

    9.15.2014

    The Ugly Truth: 5 Reasons Why Running Ain't Pretty

    It's been exactly 6 weeks since I started running again.  And today I went for my longest run ever! 11km in 1:11:28!  I'm super stoked about this milestone and I can't beleive I went from couch to 11km in just 6 weeks.  I'm so exctied for my upcoming races knowing that I will be able to finish them with flying colours. 

    Over the past few weeks I've learned a bit about running that I'm glad I didn't know before I started to hit the pavement.  See, running isn't pretty and in fact...it's kinda gross.  Here's why:

    5 Reasons Why Running Ain't Pretty

    1. Sweat - ya, when you run, a funny thing happens...you sweat.  And yes, that's a good thing for your body, but it's also super gross.  Peeling off soaking wet clothes is rather disgusting and I always pray I don't bump into anyone I know while out for a jog.
    2. B'acne - there, I said it! B'acne - aka: Back Acne is repulsive and something that has started to become a frequent occurence. The combination of sweat and friction from my running gear tends to cause some gigantic erruptions that make me feel like I'm back in high school.  Ugh.
    3. Troll Feet - so I'm not an ultra marathoner or even close, but my feet certainly take a beating. And it's worse during the summer as my cute little pedicures get trashed after just a couple runs. And don't for get the calluses and rough skin. Thank God sandal season is almost over!
    4. Fright Face - we're all guilty of thinking we're hot sh@% when we're out for a run. I picture I look like one of those girls from Baywatch, jogging in slow motion down the beach, looking perfect - tanned, toned and sexy.  But, I caught a glimpse of myself in a car window and instead of beach babe I resembled Bruce Banner about to turn into the Hulk. Huffing, grunting, sweaty and scary! So not pretty.
    5. Pee Pee Pants - yup..you read that right.  And ladies, I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about. Another lovely side effect of running for a lot of women can be incontinence. For reals! But I'm standing up and standing proud to admit the fact that I have peed my pants while out running. The medical term is Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and it's absolutely mortifying, but I'm working on it. Lots of kegels, fluid restrictions and no coffee have helped tremendously.  So glad having kids and the constant pounding from running has given me weak pelvic floor muscles. Awesome!
    Running ain't pretty...but I still do it.  But why??

    My Longest run yet! 11km

     The sense of accomplishment, the increased confidence, fitness and the almost meditative state completely negate those not so pretty parts of running. And that's why I continue to hit the pavement...even if I have to wear a diaper doing it!

    9.13.2014

    Outdoor Autumn Decor #DIY



    Well, the official start to Fall is just a week away! And I LOVE Autumn...the bright crisp days and the always impressive colours of Mother Nature.  Today is a rather rainy and gloomy day on the homestead so what better way to get in the mood for Fall than with some amazing outdoor decor inspiration to embrace the upcoming season change.

    Here's a few of my favourite ideas! I can't wait to get out to the markets & Fall fairs and grab some bright and rustic items to decorate up our home.

    How cute is this Fall Planter chair from Organized Clutter?

    Weathered Gray Chair Planted with Mums & Ivy for Fall


    I love the vibrant non-traditional colours of this front porch design from Centsational Girl. Gotta love those white and grey pumpkins!

    fall porch mums

    Monograms are definitely IN! What a great idea from Scissors & Spatulas to initial your pumpkins.  These are perfect for the porch but would be adorable on those tiny pumpkins for a Thanksgiving place setting too!


    You had me at old crates! How amazing does this Autumn display from Momma Hen's Coop look? Can you tell I have a thing for old an rustic? And those crows....fabulous!


    MommaHen's Fall display. I love how she takes junk and Dollar Tree finds to create the most stunning vignetts. Love it! mommahenscoop.com


    How will you be sprucing up your home for the Fall? Pumpkins? Mums? Rustic or Modern?  If you're looking for some more inspiration, check out my Falling for Autumn board on Pinterest!




    9.11.2014

    Jerked Juice Pulp Crackers

    I love juice! I love making juice & drinking juice and did I say drinking juice?  But the one thing I don't like is all the left over pulp.  What do you do with all that juice pulp? I usually feed it to my worms or toss it in the compost, but even with those greener options it still feels like a waste to me.  So I decided I would make something out of that rainbow pulp and TA DA.....

    Jerked Juice Pulp Crackers

    Ingredients:

    Your left over pulp from a juicing session (I had about 5 or 6 cups after making juice for me & my man)
    1 tsp Sea Salt
    1 tsp Pepper
    1 tbsp Chia
    1/2 cup of your fresh juice or water
    1 1/2 tsp Jerk Seasoning

    Instructions:

    In a large bowl, mix your juice pulp and juice/water until well combined. Add your seasonings and Chia and mix it well.

    Firmly press your pulp mixture onto a fine screen for your dehydrator. My
    Nesco has these great Clean- A-Screens that worked perfectly for my pulp. Make sure your soon to be crackers are a nice even thickness all around.  Mine was about 1/4 inch or so thick.


    Dehydrate your mixture for about 8-12 hours at 115 degrees.  The time will vary depending on how wet your pulp is and your dehydrator. My crackers took about 12 hours to reach the perfect crispiness. Once done you can either cut them into crackers or go for a more rustic look by breaking them into dip-able sized pieces!


    These Jerked Juice Pulp Crackers had just the right bit of kick and worked wonderfully with my hummus. Not only are they delicious, but a perfect way to add some fiber to your snack and make use of all that gorgeous healthy pulp! Got a fruitier juice? Why not make a sweet cracker with cinnamon, ground vanilla & nutmeg?


    Oh the pulpy possibilities!

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