Interval Training and Your Running Watch

It’s Wednesday! Around here, we call it “bump day.” Each and every Wednesday we’ll post a tip, trick, gadget or something fun and random to get you through the rest of the week.  

My husband calls me gadget girl. Every time I come home with something new, he jokingly says to our four year old daughter, “There goes Mommy with her gadgets again.” And then she looks at me shaking my head at his silliness, she copies my head shaking, and says, “Daddy, you’re crazy!” Of course, we all begin to laugh. Read More…


Interval Training: How it Can Turn Anyone into a Runner

This is not a sponsored post, and I do not have any affiliation with the training program listed. I am simply writing based on my own personal experience.

For those of you who don’t know me, and it may be a bit of a surprise to those who do, I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of running. Phew! I feel so much better now that that’s out in the open…

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the idea of it – being outdoors with nature; trying a variety of running patterns and exploring new running paths; the clothes (yes, some are really cute!); the fun shoes, particularly minimalist shoes; the amazing accomplishments runners are able to achieve; and, I especially love running with other people (friends, family, strangers, just as long as someone’s with me). All of this I love. But, because 95% of the time I run alone, I find the actual motivational part of it quite challenging. It requires a great amount of determination for me to get out of bed and put my foot to pavement.

just don't want to get out of bed...

just don’t want to get out of bed…

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Paleo Chocolatey Goodness Holiday Brownies

I would like to start a petition. It’s the holidays, and I’d love nothing more than for the “Crazy Target Lady” to come back. Having lived overseas for nearly eight years and with most of my friends now being from all over the world, whenever I mention her, they just don’t understand. But, if you are American, you know who she is (well, if you watch TV chances are pretty good). The super jolly, overly enthusiastic, bundle of Christmas joy Target shopper. It’s been a few years and perhaps you’ve forgotten, or you chose to remove her from your memory. Either which, I miss her. The first time I saw her commercials I was scared and tempted to change the channel. Then she sort of became the train wreck you can’t look away from; but, this train wreck was decked out in tinsel and holly. And, then she was the annoying, but really funny relative you’re embarrassed to invite over, but whom you secretly really like and will miss when they’re  gone. Yup, that’s where I’m at. She’s my crazy aunt and I miss her. She made me laugh and she kicked off a jolly-filled, fruit cake-covered, wrapped in a big giant red bow, enthusiastic kind of season. Actually, I do know that a petition has already been created, so if your holiday heart feels a little empty without her too, go check it out. We’re not alone! Read More…


Holiday Wish List

It’s Wednesday! Around here, we call it “bump day.” Each and every Wednesday we’ll post a tip, trick, gadget or something fun and random to get you through the rest of the week. 

“Santa baby, I wanna yacht, and really that’s not a lot…”

Ok, so we aren’t asking for a yacht, but we have been pretty darn good this year and some arm decorations from Louis Vuitton would be just fine with us!

With the holidays just around the corner, we figured we should put our wish lists together, just in case you had no idea what to get us! Just kidding…sort of…no really, just kidding;) We created them in the event that Santa our husbands are reading this!

Of course, we don’t expect to receive everything on our lists, but a girl can dream! Read More…


All She Wants to do is Shop, Shop, Shop

A little while ago I was back in my home and native land to visit with family, take a break from the oppressive heat, and to shop, shop, shop. There is zero shopping available on the island, so when I go back to North America I hit the stores hard. I made a beeline to a popular big-box golf store to look for new gloves, maybe some new shoes, and whatever else caught my eye. What I found was a boatload of disappointment and I walked out with nothing. It seems I made the terrible mistake of viewing myself as a “golfer.” However, it became clear the minute I walked through their doors that I was being viewed as a “girl.” And, apparently, these two things don’t go together.

are you kidding me?

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Skydiving in Sin City

It’s Wednesday! Around here, we call it “bump day.” Each and every Wednesday we’ll post a tip, trick, gadget or something fun and random to get you through the rest of the week.  

Yesterday, I encouraged you to leave your comfort zone and try something new. Today, I wanted to prove to you that I’m not all talk, and share a personal experience that took a boatload of courage…skydiving!

Now, I can already hear some of you saying, “I will never, ever, ever do that.” I hear you loud and clear! I’m actually terrified of heights. Even a set of stadium stairs in the nose-bleed section causes me to panic and freeze. Unable to move up or down, I’m petrified and absolutely convinced I’ll fall to my demise. I’m then reduced to tears and usually stranded until someone can calm me down enough to move again (yes, I have a very patient husband.) This is EXACTLY why I wanted to try sky diving.

Let me set the stage about how I reached this decision. My husband and I love Las Vegas. If you’ve never been it definitely needs to go on your bucket list right now! Go ahead and add it…I’ll wait…

Las Vegas baby!

Las Vegas baby!

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Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever sat back, looked at your life, and felt completely at ease? You love your job, you’ve got a routine established, and overall you feel comfortable with where things are. If that’s the case, then it’s time for a change. If you’re not there yet, keep on keepin’ on and you’ll get there. And when you do, don’t stay there for too long. I know, crazy right? Stay with me on this.

I’m a firm believer in leaving my comfort zone, but I wasn’t always. I grew up in a small town where folks are born and raised for generations. Nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, there’s a lot of comfort in knowing where your life is going. I left my hometown for university and found that after graduation most people either went back to their hometown or stayed put where they went to school. We were in the latter camp. My husband and I were both fortunate enough to find good employment after school. We hunkered down, paid off student loans, saved for a house, and assumed that we would have kids and settle down. Our plans didn’t really go past that.

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Elf for Health 2013 – Staying Fit Over the Holidays

Today marks the beginning of our Elf for Health 2013 challenge!

Elf for Health is a 4-week challenge organized by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean, and we’re thrilled to be taking part! The daily challenges are aimed to keep you healthy and fit over the holiday season – not an easy task. And, seeing as we’re new to the blogging scene, we thought it would be an amazing way to connect with and support our fellow bloggers. Read More…