Weekend Wedding Shower

Happy Monday My Friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I was with close friends celebrating a bride to be!

Katie Cummings friendWe had a lovely fall theme, with the creative mother daughter duo making a fall tablescape for our lunch. We talked, ate, laughed, repeat for 24 hours.

Fall Wedding Shower DecorationsBuzzfeed’s 25 Things…..Fall list made us laugh. We decided our mason jar drinks should be #26.

Cabin SunsetWhat did you do this weekend?

Peace Perspective XXXV: Hands Full

I love this one. I’ve got a crazy busy September, something every weekend, and I had a little miscommunication about a commitment. Thankfully everything should work out. I’ve got a lot going on, but it is all good things!

Hands FullWith the changing of the season comes change in other areas of our lives. Maybe you have a school schedule to adjust to, or something you still want to accomplish before the year is over.

No matter what it is going on, keep your heart open, there’s always a little room for one more thing.

Do you think your hands are as full as your heart?


Easing Into Fall

Does anyone else feel like this “short week” was extra hard? Occasionally I work on Sunday afternoons to make the week easier. I wish I had taken the time on Sunday or Monday at the office so this week wouldn’t have been so hard. Oh well, at least it is Friday now!

We got some nasty rain this week which made getting dressed a little more challenging, this is what I came up with on Thursday.

Summer to Fall OutfitSkirt, long sleeve, scarf. Wet pant legs are the worst, and the black skirt felt more fall like than a pair of khaki shorts.

Traders Joe's Mushroom MochiI recently stocked up on goodies at Trader Joe’s. I have now fallen in love with the Mushroom Mochi. So chewy and delicious. I served them along with Pad Thai, but next time I’ll make quinoa with extra veggies to pair it with.

I have a wedding the first weekend of October, there are 2 dresses in my closet that would work, but I really want a maxi. So I picked this one up for half off on Macys.com.

Black Maxi Personal Attendant DressWhile the model and I are exact opposites, brown hair vs. blonde, tall vs. short. I’m still hoping that it will be flattering! (I’m a little concerned about the v-neck, but we will see what happens there.)

I’d love to share my current nail polish color, but I’m not ready for the darker colors, and pastels seem too light. What color are you rocking these days?


Disney Princess Half Marathon 2015: Registered!

Welcome Fall! I’ve stated it a few places, but I plan on restarting the couch to 5k plan in order to bring my legs back to running and to get a better base, and hopefully faster pace. I want to start before the snow falls because…I’ll be completing the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2015!

Way back in April 2013 I shared with the blog that I was planning on doing the race, and I’m happy to say that I am now registered! Disney Princess Half MarathonPhoto Source: Run Disney

I will be traveling with three friends from college and we are working on our travel arrangements. We’ve decided to fly in on Wednesday, fly out on Monday. This gives us all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday to do what we like, and Sunday is race day!

We looked at a lot of flight options, but ended up booking Sun Country as they had non-stop flights from Minneapolis to Orlando, with the best price.

Next up is deciding where to stay. We may be able to stay at the Dolphin/Swan through time share points, which would allow us to walk to Epcot!

I opted out of the Glass Slipper Challenge as I would rather enjoy the time with friends, plus, with the money saved we decided to splurge on the race retreat!

Princess RacePhoto Source: Disney Parks Blog

Have you ever participated in a Run Disney race? What parts of the race preparation would you like me to share?

August 2014 Recap

Summer is over my friends! If you want to soak up the last couple weeks of “official summer” go for it. Personally, I am ready for fall! But first, I suppose I should share the highlights of the last month of Summer.

deerwood summerfest 5kI ran two races, Run for the Dump, and Deerwood Summerfest 5k.

I also completed two triathlons. At Corepower Yoga, and a Sprint Tri.

Wetsuit red swim capI also shared two of the free products I receive in return for reviews (remember, all opinions are still my own, they can’t make me say that I like it, unless I really do like it!)

And finally my favorite Peace Perspective from last month..

Never Too LateSo let’s welcome Fall and the fresh start!


Peace Perspective XXXIV: Wait or Regret

I hope you are all enjoying Labor Day weekend! My summer was pretty rough, so I’m looking forward to a restart in September.

Wait or RegretI had a good hour long conversation with a friend of mine, I felt a little guilty after hanging up the phone and realizing that I talked a lot, but there were some things I needed to get off my chest. Thankfully she’s a wonderful listener, and understands the type of support I need.

Hint: I usually just want to be told to do what will make me the happiest.

There are some things I would really like to have in my life right now. And I teeter totter on them. Sometimes I make daring moves that make me feel completely out of my comfort zone, yet make me think I’m making wonderful strides. Other times I make those same strides and think I’m being crazy.

I’m not giving up, but I am tired of waiting, and I really don’t want to regret, so I keep waiting anyways.

Anyone else waiting for something and struggling with the waiting?

Lakes Country Triathlon 2014: Race Recap

After a crazy Friday of Katy Perry Concert Partying, Saturday of Corepower Yoga Triathlon, Sunday morning’s Lakes Country Triathlon was a little rough on my body. Thankfully I didn’t have any first time nerves to deal with. I woke up at 5:15 am to an intense thunderstorm, and the desire to go back to bed. I didn’t want to drive over to Brainerd/Baxter only to hear that the race was cancelled.

Lakes Country Triathlon Set UpThankfully the weather cleared on the drive over and the pavement was even dry setting up transition!

Swim 1/4 Mile (12:26): I was in the Athena divison which was the last wave to go. Luckily this meant that there were no fast swimmers that would go after me and pass me. Unluckily, I got kicked in the face almost immediately. I didn’t freak out. But my strokes and breathing were seriously out of wack. I usually breathe on both sides, but for whatever reason could only breathe on my left, and had to breathe every stroke! It wasn’t pretty but I got it done.

Transition 1 (2:44): I decided to put on my socks for the bike as I already had a blister from dancing on Friday night. I’m so glad I did while it meant my transition was long, my comfort was worth it!

Lakes Country Triathlon BikeBike 13.6 miles (46:32): The majority of my rides this summer were on portions of the course which made this my strongest leg. I was rocked the false flat, cruised on the downhills, and passed a bunch of people. I took a vanilla gu while biking and was amazed at how my balance has improved since the beginning of the summer.

Transition 2 (1.31): Switched to sneakers with numb fingers, I probably should invest in some “yank” type of laces next summer. Took off my helmet, and thought I was forgetting something. But took off on the run.

Lakes Country Triathlon RunRun 3.2 Miles (39:22): I started running with a woman in a pink tank top in front of me. I totally thought I would keep up with her or pass her. But she started pulling in front of me right away. I took some walk breaks, my legs felt like lead. And I was really questioning my decision to race after a night of partying/dancing and a day of yoga/running/yoga instead of resting.

In the last mile a very encouraging woman came up behind me and was cheering people on. I loved her energy, but her belief that I could hold a 9:15 min/mile was laughable. My first mile split was about a 13:30, my second mile was about 12:45, and while I thought I could negative split, I knew 9:15 was not in my legs. I sprinted in, but wish I had been able to push it earlier in the run.

Gull Lake Zorbaz PizzaPost Race: Started itching, realized the bugs that were flying around me during the run had bit me, and I have welts all over my arms! After slowly packing up everything, I made it over to Zorbaz to post-race celebrate. Once I got home I crawled in bed for a nap, and pretty much stayed there the rest of the day. Rest was needed!

Monday my legs were definitely stiff, I taught sculpt, but modified a lot for myself. I am surprised that my quads aren’t as sore as they usually are!

Lakes Country Triathlon RunOverall: I am so pumped about my bike pace! I averaged 18.1 miles per hour on this course, versus Tri for a Cause where I averaged 16.9 miles per hour. I’m bummed about my run pace which slowed from an average of 11:43 at Tri for a Cause to 12:19 at Lakes Country. My swim pace also slowed from 2:37 per 100 yard at Crosby to 2:50 per 100 yard. However, this summer I put the majority of my focus on the bike.Starting in September I want to go back to the couch to 5k plan so I can build up my running pace, after I build on that I will get back in the pool and work on my endurance with good form!

P.S. In case you missed it, here was my race plan!

Twosday: Katy Perry Concert and Triathlons

Hello My Friends! I hope the last week of summer is treating you well! (I know technically Summer goes until September, but Labor Day always feels like the end of Summer.) Without Further ado, a weekend recap Twosday style!

2 Katy Perry Concert pictures!

Katy Perry Unconditionally I have the greatest friends who are down for dancing and singing as if we are on stage, even if we are in the second to the last row!

Katy Perry Concert Pink hairThe hair coloring was temporary, but I’m seriously considering adding some pink to my life.

Two Triathlons: Corepower Yoga Triathlon at the Maple Grove Studio. (Sculpt, Run, C2)

Corepower Yoga Triathlon and Lakes Country Triathlon! (Swim, Bike, Run).

Lake Country Triathlon Set Up Full race recap to come.

Zorbaz Bloody Mary Bar Gull Lake 2 drinks! Post Race we went to Zorbaz on Gull where I had to have their Bloody Mary with a Beer back. So Delicious.

Peace Perspective XXXIII: Messy

Happy Sunday Friends! I’m typing this on Friday before I go to the cities for some errands, the Katy Perry Concert (I’m most excited about seeing Kacey Musgraves open), and when this publishes I’ll be at the Lake Country Triathlon getting my transition set up! But before I race, I have to share my thoughts on Messy with you.

William Leal Quote MessyThis may as well be the caption of my “about me” photo. I woke up late every day last week. I did take the time to pick up my room a little, only to have to pack and send it back into a disaster. My hair isn’t much better. I usually shower and leave without blow drying or styling. It means I don’t have any heat damage from styling, but it also means I am permanently in a pony tail if I want to look “polished”.

My words aren’t much better, I have plenty of ideas of what I would like this blog to look like, but I have implemented zero of them. Maybe once its winter I’ll take the time to learn. The heart is an entirely different matter. At this point I’m not sure if I’m being picky, or if I’m not putting myself “out there”.

Life…. is really a statement that can’t be completed. As much as I like these Peace Perspectives there is no way I can find one quote to encompass everything in life. I am glad that this quote accepts that everything is messy. And that is okay.

What’s messy in your life right now? Are you embracing it? Or trying to clean it?


Instagram Last Weekend: via Blue Diamond Almonds and Influenster

As a blogger I occasionally have opportunities to receive products and review them. This was one of my main reasons for becoming self hosted. Anytime I am given an opportunity to review a product I promise to be truthful about my thoughts. Last weekend I shared two such opportunities on Instagram!

blue diamond honeyThe first thing I received was two tins of Blue Diamond Almonds! I’ve talked about my love of these tasty almonds before, but in case you weren’t aware, you can also sign up for the Tastemakers program! When there are new opportunities, you apply to be selected, and then if selected you receive free product. Of course when you are showcasing the products on social media, you need to include the #ad to be FTC compliant. (if you’re not sure about that, read here.)

These almonds I gifted to my friend Emily as she is busy starting her first big girl job and deserved a good snack. Although I did make her open them so I could taste them, and both Honey flavors were amazing! Now I need to find the Honey Mustard Nut Thins.

vitality voxboxThe second package I received was from Influenster. This is the 3rd time I’ve received something from them, and this is the best box yet! I immediately started using the softlips cube, and think it is awesome, I received the mint flavor, but would also love the Vanilla.

Influenster has the option to do extra work for extra points, which would then possibly allow you to get extra stuff. They also are more specific about what they want tagged and submitted on social media. Also, the require the below discloser.

*”I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Remember I also received the Blue Diamond Honey Almonds for free, but all reviews of any products are my own thoughts.

Do you like seeing sponsored posts? Do you know of other companies that are looking for more blogger participation?