Thursday, June 27, 2013

Still here.

It's been forever since I typed a real post. To be honest, I'm completely overwhelmed with life so anything "extra" has had to take a backseat. 

I'm still here, I'm still chasing my goals and I'm still semi-crazy. 

My husband is finishing up another semester pretty soon. He will then begin the internship process. He interviewed at 3 universities and is now deciding what opportunity is best for our family. I just pray that when he graduates The Lord will guide us and we would be willing to be directed. 

This summer we did not serve at camp. I haven't quite accepted it yet. I keep thinking ill wake up and go to camp. When we stepped down from directing a week of high school camp we prayed that The Lord would open doors for us to serve. 

Well, so far we have had the opportunity to run the middle / high school bible time for family camp and in a few weeks Prince Charming will be speaking at Vacation Bible School (at the church I grew up in!) it's pretty exciting. The Lord definitely has opened new doors and we are enjoying the adventure. 

We also have a family vacation coming up in August. Sooo, we keep active! 

How about you? What are your summer plans? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Product Review: Jamberry Nails

Disclaimer: Vanessa of Vanessa's Rocking Nails is a personal friend of mine. She offered me a few samples of the product in exchange for my honest review. The opinions stated are my very own.

Find her on Facebook. 

Earlier this May, you might have seen me posting some photos of my nails on Instagram. okay, well I always have pictures of my nails.  BUT - in early May, I had the opportunity to test Jamberry Nails.

I'm quite girly if you hadn't noticed and any opportunity to test a nail polish I am ALL for it!

About Jamberry Nails 
From their website
The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct tastes but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands  looking polished, while still spending time together. 

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps on Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared.  A new era of art was born. 

Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a days! Gone are the days of mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry Nails arm you with style and confidence demanding very little of your time or money. 

To be quite honest, I'd never heard of Jamberry Nails until my friend Vanessa started to sell the product. My nails have always been brittle and easy to break. Therefore, my nails were ALWAYS chipping. Since I work in a professional setting, I need to avoid chipped nails. So, when I heard that these Jamberry Nails go on smooth and stay on for up to two weeks without chipping, I was up for the challenge!

The Application.
How to apply your nails. 

The application is super easy.

  1. Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipe and push back the cuticles.
  2. Match nail to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Peel off the nail wrap and warm with a blow-dryer for 10-15 seconds. 
  4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges and adhere the wrap to the nail. - Use a rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle. 
  5. Trip the top with scissors and file off the remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
  6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail. 
Jamberry Nails does sell all the supplies (including a little dryer) but I didn't use any of those items. I used my own hair dryer, regular scissors and I may have pushed my cuticles back with my nail. I'm sure the correct tools would have made it easier but it totally worked without all the supplies.

How long did it last?

The nails stayed on for 10 days. The only reason I took it off was because I wanted to change the color. Seriously. I was shocked!

How do I remove it? 
Removal of the nails is super easy. First you heat the nail. Then, you can either soak your nails in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds  or you can soak them in warm water with a little bit of lemon juice.

Can I tell you that I LOVED having a more natural approach to removing nails? I always feel like my fingerprints leave chemicals on things for days after I remove nails. So, when I read that I could use warm water and lemon juice, I was ecstatic!

How much?
For 15 - 18 dollars you get a sheet of nails ranging in multiple sizes. Obviously, it's not as economical as an 8.00 bottle of Essie nail polish (Essie is my favorite!) But, when you think about the time spent actually painting your nails it kind of evens itself out.

Right now, Vanessa has a special on her site, if you buy 3 sets you will get one free! So, now is a fun time to test out a couple of designs!  (There are SO many designs you will have a hard time choosing!)

Is this a replacement for a relaxing spa day?  
Nope. I absolutely would not give up a once and a while trip to the spa for Jamberry Nails. I enjoy the pampering experience far too much. However, I do like these nails for more of an at home treat to myself! Because let's be honest, painted nails are just so pretty!

Wanna Have a Party? 
Vanessa also hosts nail parties for you and your friends. Information on  how to schedule a party can be found on her website! Sadly we don't live very close so I haven't gotten to attend a nail party BUT I'd LOVE to go if I ever had the opportunity!


As mentioned, if you are in the mood to pamper yourself with a day at the spa with friends (or by yourself) by all means, DO IT! I absolutely enjoy getting my nails done by another person. However, if you'd like to take more of a DIY approach and have pretty nails at home Jamberry Nails is an excellent product! I'm looking forward to ordering some for an upcoming cruise!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekly Chase! 6-17-13

I had a quick break so I thought I'd post my goals (from my phone).

Once again linking up with Mindy and Molly for the Weekly Chase. 

I did well with my goals last week. I got out there and ran twice, accomplished my cleaning goals and made healthy food choices! 

This week is very busy for me. So here are my goals. 

1) Be in bed by 9:30 each night. - I have to be at work by 6 each morning so it's important I'm sleeping properly. 

2) Follow the Tower of Terror training plan. - I didn't realize it had already started!! 

3) be mindful of my calorie goal. - I'm struggling. Some days I eat too much other days not enough... I need balance! 

Those are my quick goals. Looking forward to crushing them this week. 

what are your goals?  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spirit of the Marathon II

Disclaimer: I received two complimentary movie passes and press release materials from NCM Fathom events in exchange for my post promoting the movie. As always, all opinions are my very own. 

I am SO excited to have the opportunity to share about the Spirit of the Marathon II.  This movie features 7 inspirational and motivated competitors training to run the Rome Marathon. As a self proclaimed "Newbie Runner" who aspires to conquer the 26.2 challenge, I am very excited to see this movie. 

This movie will race into select theaters across the United States at 7:00 p.m. (local time) THIS EVENING! That's right, check your local theater and make plans to attend the premiere of "Spirit of the Marathon II"


About the movie

Get ready to be transported to six countries for an "up close and personal" look into the runners' lives. When I was training for my first half marathon, I remember the struggle I faced. I wanted to stay out late with friends, or watch movies until late hours of the night or you know eat junk food. But, I knew that if I wanted to achieve my goal of running and completing my first half marathon I couldn't live that way anymore. I had to make some sacrifices. I had to go to bed early, and make healthier choices about the food that went onto my plate. 

During this documentary, we will have the opportunity to see how these 7 athletes deal with the struggles and continue to motivate themselves as they prepare for the Rome Marathon.  

The event will also feature interviews with marathon greats such as Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switzer and others.  They will offer perspective and insight into this incredible run. Since I am currently daydreaming of the 26.2 challenge, I can't wait to hear what they have to say! 

Information about the runners has been extracted from the above link. 

Julie Weiss, Veteran Marathoner. Julie began a quest to run a marathon a week or a year to honor the memory of her father on an emotional journey to shed awareness and raise money for pancreatic cancer - the devastating disease the claimed his life. 

Ylenia Amelli, First time marathoner. While struggling to keep her mom-and-pop running shoe store open in Milan and raising two children, Ylenia takes on the challenge of training to run her first marathon. 

Vasyl Matviychuck, Olympic Hopeful. The elite, but aging marathoner trains with the pride of country in his heart in hopes that a fast time at the Rome Marathon will earn him the last spot on the Ukrainian National Olympic Team. 

Mimmo Scipioni, Veteran Marathoner. The good-natured, hard-working owner of "Pizzeria II Podista" (The Runner Pizzeria) in Rome, Mimmo has lined his pizzeria's walls with photos and trophies from more than 40 marathons which he has run. It is a pre-race tradition for runners to carbo load with Mimmo. For Mimmo , the family tradition of running the Rome Marathon is in jeopardy due to a nagging injury. 

Domenico Anzini, Veteran Marathoner. Prodded by his cousin Mimmo, it took a lot of convincing for Domenico to give running a try. Now, 18 years later, the 73 year-old has run in every Rome Marathon since its inception. The camaraderie and humor the cousins share during their training runs goes to the heart of the family. 

Cliff Scott, First-time Marathoner. Scotts bucket list decision to run his first marathon in his 60's is an inspiration until itself. When faced with an unimaginable family tragedy he struggles to make peace with himself during training runs in the woods. It is painfully obvious that his loss has taken its toll and calls into question whether he will be able to finish the Rome Marathon. 

Epiphanie Nyirabarame, Two-time Olympian. One of the few professional runners in Rwanda, Epiphanie proudly represents her country around the world to create change for women. Having been deeply affected by the genocide in 1994, Epiphanie uses her resources to invest in her community, advocating for progress and growth, especially for the future generations of runners. 

As you can see, there are 7 very powerful stories, and I'm not sure if I could ever choose which story I am most excited to follow.  

Ready to join me? 

Tickets for "Spirit of the Marathon II" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com  The event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. 

Film producers, NCM Fathom Events and movie theater circuit partners AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group will donate a portion of the proceed from the "Spirit of the Marathon II" event to The One Fund Boston to assist those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the 2013 Boston Marathon on the 15th of April. 

"Spirit of the Marathon II" is a passion project made by marathon runners and accomplished filmmakers Jon Dunham (director) and Gwendolen Twist (producer), who led a team that includes three-time Academy Award Winner Mark Jonathan Harris (executive producer) and Academy Award nominee Megan Williams.

Once again, I am honored and excited to be teaming up with National CeneMedia (NCM) to promote this inspiring documentary about running!   


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: Bokos Sandals




*This is a Sponsored Post*

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a pair of sandals. Being a shoe-lover I was SUPER excited for the opportunity.

The Bokos Story! 
From the Website. 

 

My Bokos Story! 

When you read my blog you can be sure of one thing. No matter if the post is sponsored, or just a post about my goals you will find that I provide my honest opinion. My honest opinion of the look of the shoes? ... well, It was a little masculine, and not exactly "cute".  But, I slipped them on and ...

Hello New Favorite Sandals.  

Yep. My entire perspective changed. These aren't shoes for "looking cute", these are shoes for the more sporty aspect of your life. 

I wore my Bokos all over the house, walking the dogs, canoeing, and even took them to a run. Prior to the run, I was really happy with the shoes. They were so comfortable, and I loved how my feet didn't slip and slide around while being drug around the neighborhood by my two dogs, or canoeing.  I was completely sold on the shoes when I traveled from Miami to Key West for a 10K relay. 

We left our house early in the morning, and I really wasn't ready to put on my sneakers. So, I put on my trusty compression socks and slipped on my Bokos Sandals. When we arrived at the run, we were a little early so we went for a little walk on the beach. I'm usually a flip flop kind of girl for the beach - but honestly I get SO annoyed because they flip and flop sand all over the place. Not my Bokos! I hardly had any sand to wipe off my feet prior to putting on my shoes! - It was fabulous! 

We ran the race, and then I quickly changed from my Nike's back into my Bokos. The moment I realized that I wanted to put the sandals back on was the moment I knew I was hooked. I can get over the fact that they aren't exactly "cute" because they are so functional and practical for sporting events, the beach and general life activities!


If you don't want to take my word for it, go ahead and check out what the website has too say! 
Why Bokos? 

Again, I do not recommend these sandals for going out on a date, or any place you'd need to wear fancy shoes. But, I do recommend these shoes for runners, swimmers, triathletes, soccer players, football players or people who enjoy the beach or camping. These are very functional, comfortable and affordable sandals!

Question: What are the characteristics of your favorite sandals?

*This is a sponsored post. I received one free pair of Bokos shoes in exchange for this post. Although this post is sponsored, the opinions are my very own.*





Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekly Chase! - June 10th

Road Runner Girl

The weeks are just FLYING and it's already time for my link up with Mindy and Molly. Be sure to check out their blogs for some great chases and motivation! (web address included in the image above)

Last Week! I chased a couple house goals.

Let's see how I did!

Home. 
1.  Finish going through my clothes. DONE!

2. Fold Laundry! - Done! I finished folding all the laundry, and my Prince Charming was kind enough to carry it all upstairs and help me put it away (spoiled much?)

3. Organize downstairs closets.  - Sorta done. I organized a few things but it's not where I wanted it to be.

Health. 

1. Calorie Goal! - Yes! I did much better with my calorie goal this week, I was super proud of myself.

2. Go on at least 2 runs - Um. No. It is just SO hot, I'm really struggling with my motivation to run.

_ _ _

I felt that I did pretty well with my goals, I struggled with the running goal but it will be okay. Starting the Monday after Father's Day, we have a huge event at work so my schedule is going to change for the week. Therefore, I will probably not be able to get many fitness or home goals accomplished during that week. Sooooo, I need to make the most of this week!

Health. 

1. Rest up & Hydrate for next week! - Since my schedule will be pretty packed, I need to be sure I go into the week with plenty of rest and of course hydration.

2. Get my butt out the door and run!

3. Continue to be cautious of my calorie goal.

House. 

1.  Vacuum & Dust upstairs.

2.  Go through 2 boxes in our guest room.

3.  Wash the dogs & their bedding.

Those are my goals. Pretty boring, the biggest challenge will be the run. I simply have no desire to run, and I need to get out of the funk!


Has anyone else hit a running funk since the weather changed? 




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I Run For...

*This post is not well thought out - it's just me clearing my head!*

16 months ago, I would have described myself as living happily ever after with my husband and two rat terriers.  Today, I would still describe myself as living happily ever after with my husband and two rat terriers.

On a blog post, these words are exactly the same. In reality ... over the last 16 months ...

I have learned to sacrifice a craving for brownies, ice cream, chips & random pizza nights.
I have learned to sacrifice a late night movie with friends so that I could go for my training runs early in the morning.
I have learned that just because the shoe is "cute" doesn't mean it's best for my foot.
I have woken up on Sunday mornings, run 11-13 miles and hobbled into church with semi-damp hair and only a slight bit of mascara as make up.
I have cried during a half marathon.
I have hugged a total stranger - congratulating them their run.
I have cheered for the runners in the lead at mile 10, while I am only on mile 4.
I have used porta-potties - willingly.
I have run through the rain.
I have run through the pain.
I have run.

During the last 16 months, stress, anxiety, and shattered dreams have been dealt with on the pavement with a pair of Nikes.

During the last 16 months, I have prayed for more people and more situations then I can count while pounding the pavement in my Nikes.

During the last 16 months, I have learned to live.

Today is National Running Day. 

Why not celebrate?

Maybe the thought of running makes you cringe.
Maybe you've unfriended me on facebook because you were sick of seeing my posts about running.
Maybe you are slightly inspired, or intrigued by a sport that can be so individualized, yet so team oriented.

Why not grab a loved one and go for a run?  When I first started running, I was only able to run for about 30 seconds at a time. After 30 seconds, I would feel as though my lungs were going to explode. But you know what, I did it.

If I can do it. YOU can do it!!

Question: Did you celebration National Running Day? 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekly Chase - June 3rd

Today is the 3rd day in June. Yes ... JUNE!!! I can hardly believe how fast this year is flying. I hope the next half of the year flies too!

We are here in June, and it's time for another Weekly Chase!! Each week, I link up with Mindy (Roadrunnergirl.com) and Molly (http://mollyritterbeck.com/) to share our accomplishments from the previous week and set some goals for the coming week. I LOVE it! I love it because it has taught me to set realistic goals for myself and accept that sometimes, life happens and I'm not able to get everything done that I wanted to get done. It is, what it is ...


Road Runner Girl

So, here's what I chased last week ... 

Sleep. Done. I made sure I got my full 8 hours of sleep each night, and loaded up on water! 

Walk.  Done. I walked on Monday with my pups and then Saturday at the Tutu 10K relay, I ran two of the miles and then walked back to the start line. 

Meal Plan.  Somewhat. I didn't write down what we were going to have, but we cooked at home and ate thoughtfully. No going out to eat on a whim or  anything like that. 

Bring a friend along.  This week I spent the week in prayer for my Prince Charming. It was such a blessing to lift him up in prayer. I know that his courses this semester have been tough, but I just pray that even though this phase of grad school he will know that I wholeheartedly support him! 

Anyways, I felt I did pretty well with my goals for the week. This week, I'm going to take a break from fitness related goals and focus on a couple other areas. 

Home. 
1) I have got to finish going through my clothes. I have far too many clothes, and I need to get rid of the ones that don't fit. Seriously. 

2) Fold Laundry. I've had a pile of laundry that is only growing. I need to just fold it and put it away (As I fold, I'll begin adding to my donate box). 

3) Organize downstairs closets. 

Health. 
1) be conscious of my calorie goal. - Achieve the goal with healthy fruits, veggies and whole grains. 

2) Go on at least two runs. 

So, there you have it. My five goals for this week. It is actually a pretty packed week for me, but these are definitely goals that I can achieve if I stay focused! 


What are your goals? 

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