You’ve gotta see this Define Bottle! Review & giveaway for YOU!

I was sent a Define Bottle to try out & I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve gotten on it thus far!

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I was sent the 17 oz. flip top sport bottle.  I absolutely LOVE it!  I’ve put my typical cucumbers, as I do most days in it the first day I tried it.  From there, I’ve put in strawberries, apples, basil, blueberries, lemon, mint, and a combination of everything.  I haven’t put anything in it that I haven’t absolutely loved yet!   I carry a water bottle with me daily & often put something in my bottle to make it more “exciting”.  I hate when I’m drinking & whatever I’ve put in my bottle moves to the top & then spills water when I drink.  Or, when I use a straw bottle, sometimes the fruit or vegetables get stuck under the straw making it impossible to drink, so I have to take off the top & move the fruit or vegetable that is stuck.  I’m truly a fan of the Define Bottle.  I’m also a firm believer that soda is “poison”.  And, so is Carter Kosler, the 15yr old inventor of the Define bottle.  Read his story below!

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Carter Kostler is a 15-year-old 10th grader from Virginia Beach, Virginia who has taken childhood obesity head on. After learning about the startling statistics of how sugary drinks and soda impact today’s youth, he decided to do something about it. Carter created a fruit-infused water bottle, a product designed with the goal of improving one’s health and was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most brilliant companies of 2013. Carter is proud to have been a national finalist in Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. Carter’s mission to stamp out obesity and type 2 diabetes has been featured in multiple health and wellness publications including Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur and local and national news publications. He continues to support the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and donates a portion of all profits to the Alliance. Carter is active in the community, working with schools and organizations such as the American Diabetes Association.

Pretty impressive for a 15yr old BOY!

You can certainly go online & check them out & purchase one.  However, 1 lucky winner will get a Define bottle sent directly to your home!  To win, simply leave me a note telling me what you’d put in  your Define Bottle.  I’ll pick the one I find to be most intriguing!

Good Luck!

It’s not too late to run Thursday night & awesome recipe (vegan enchiladas)!


I ran the inaugural Esprit de She last year & it was really a lot of fun.  It’s all ladies for starters.  There are fun things happening before & after.  If you don’t recall my post about this race, read here.  The race is in Chicago, Thursday night.  You still have time to register.  Please let me know if you attend, as I’ll definitely be there!

 Its not too late to run Thursday night & awesome recipe (vegan enchiladas)!

I made a great dinner that was pretty easy & Very satisfying.  I haven’t shared a recipe in a while.  I hope you enjoy this tasty dish!

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I realize it’s not a great picture, not even a great picture, but trust me on this one- it’s worth making it!

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Recipe type: vegan
Cuisine: vegan tortilla free enchilada
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This is a healthier version than a typical enchilada.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 purple onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 sweet potatoes cooked
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 C baby spinach
  • sauce:
  • bunch of cilantro
  • 1 ripe avacado
  • 2 limes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Saute onions & garlic in hot pan with olive oil until onions are translucent (about 8 mins.)
  2. Add red pepper for 3 mins. longer
  3. add cumin, chili powder, black beans, sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, spinach & stir.
  4. Simmer for 5 mins. until everything becomes warm & spinach wilts.
  5. For the sauce:
  6. Put avacado, cilantro, juice of 2 limes & garlic clove in food processor until blended.
  7. Serve the sauce atop the enchiladas & Enjoy!

EveryMove Winner & photo bomb!

I had a whole post written & somehow it got deleted= Frustrating!

The winner of the EveryMove is Katie Rose!  Katie, Please email me your mailing info. & phone #.

Yesterday I ran the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon.  Since everything got deleted here, I’m going to leave you with some pics & I’ll wrtie about the race on a later date!  Enjoy!

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RedEnvelope #redGift: Thank You Rock Project

I received a lovely note from someone from the RedEnvelope thank you rock project.  The project is about showing appreciation for those that matter to you most, even during our busy lives.  I posted a few weeks ago thanking you for your support & again, I want to do just that!  As you know, life gets busy.  I say often, “life gets in the way”.  Simply meaning that there are so many things happening in our daily lives that makes it difficult for us to do more.  Lately, I feel that way.  I’ve been so darn busy at work.  I absolutely LOVE my work.  I work with adults with developmental &/or intellectual disabilities & I can’t even begin to tell you how much I get from them.  Those that say I give a lot simply don’t know.  Anyway, I’ve had more stress this past month there than I ever recall having EVER in all my 19 years of working there.  In the meantime, I’ve had a difficult time finding time to catch up blog lately, as you’ve noticed if you’re an avid reader.  However, I must tell you that I ran (literally) into a reader the other day who told me how insiring I was to her.  While, I must tell you that I simply share my running/exercising journey & recipes (I am a lover of food), it sure is motivational & inspiring to me to hear that news.  So, my friends, it makes me want to keep sharing with all of you.  THANK YOU for your encouragement.  I must say that again, you give me loads & I’m grateful for your support.  However virtual our friendship is, I”m truly grateful for you to assist me in keeping this blog going!  Thank You.

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On another note.  I say all the time that I run for my peace of mind.  Those who are not runners don’t understand that statement.  So many people say that it’s cheaper than therapy, it’s better than drugs, well, for me; it’s all that and then some!  I’ve never done ANYTHING that has given me the same rush as a great run.  Do you know what I mean?  So, why do I run?  I run to be a better person, to take care of my mental & physical self & to try to be a good mom, spouse & friend.  It keeps me going.  I’m able to run because my family supports me in this journey.  They are truly “my rocks”.  My husband introduced me to the love of running.  I thought he was crazy for never missing a run, as I didn’t understand that passion so long ago & I am thrilled that I hopped on board because if I didn’t run, I don’t know what I’d be like……   My kids allow me the time to run & are even sometimes encouraging.  I think they do see that I have a need & however, they may not understand it, they are supportive (they get more computer time/tv time when I’m out running).  In the meantime,  I truly wouldn’t be able to fulfil my “needs of running” if it weren’t for my family.

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As I continue to babble, and I appreciate you sticking with me, I hope that you too have “Rocks” in your life & wonderful people/reasons in which your thankful.

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A special man I know says often, they are my reasons for reason.  I used to read it over & over again, but now I get it!  That’s my family.  Along with my traditional family, it’s my work family as well.


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Who are your rocks?

The Truth

I’m tired today, another stressful day at work is draining my energy.  However, I want to report that I am truly loving my 30 Clean!

Here are a couple of pics of yesterdays treats:

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Tomorrow I’m running 6 miles.  While I typically don’t fuel while I run less than 6, I’m going to expirement with a date with an almond.  This was suggested to me & it sounds intriguing!

I have my 1st race all season on Sunday.  The Chicago Rock ‘n Roll 1/2.  I think I’ll be fine.  I definitly have been much further along in years past & have also raced many races in years past, so this will be an interesting 1st of the season!  I’ll be sure to give you the recap.

I am excited about the race though.  I’ve never run a Rock ‘n Roll race & have heard such great things about them.  The only thing that’ll be interesting for me is the expo.  I typically love eating my way through an expo, but think I’ll have to refrain this time around, as so many “treats” they offer are filled with things that my 30 Clean team would not approve.  I do love the excitment that comes along with an expo though, so I’m psyched for that part!

How about this crazy chilly weather in July?!  IT’s wrong!  That’s all it’s just Wrong!

I’m going to relax & read a little!

Have a great day.

If you haven’t yet entered the awesome giveaway for loads of goodies, please enter, as there are only a couple days left until I pick a winner!

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The 30 Clean update & giveaway!

 The 30 Clean update & giveaway!

Yesterday was day 1 for me of The 30 Clean.  I have to tell you that while I was having a very stressful day at work, I was thinking of going home to have a glass of wine.  But, that did not happen.  Instead I prepared my dinner & was so happy that I stuck to day 1 as outlined!  Here’s what I ate yesterday ( I promise I won’t do this daily):

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Although it took me loads of time for all of the prep for the 1st 3 days of The 30 Clean, it was worth it!  Breakfast was blueberry chia pudding.  While it was quite tasty & did the trick until noon, it wasn’t my favorite thing for breakfast.  Lunch was a Costa Rican Inspired Cabbage salad=delicious!  Dinner was zucchini noodles & balsamic marinated tomatoes with almonds = another home run!  Absolutely delicious!  These meals were all quick & easy to prepare & didn’t require any cooking.  I think this is really going to be doable!

My mantra for the next 29 days will be 1 day at a time!

I wasn’t very clear with information regarding The 30 Clean, so let me share a little with you now.  Clean eating is eating simply.
That means fresh, whole, natural and non-processed foods free from hormones, chemicals, preservatives and pesticides.  No grains, No dairy, No sugar, No soy, No gluten!  You may think, what’s left… Well, my friends, whole foods are left & those are the foods that are really so good for you.  I’ll continue to keep you posted along my journey.  I’m doing this b/c I’ve fallen into some bad habits (such as coming home to snack or have a glass of wine).  This may be a challenge to do with my family, but honestly, I typically prepare foods differently than them anyhow.  They’re carnivores & I’m certainly NOT!  So, here’s to new challenges & feeling great & clean!

I also want all of you to have the opportunity to enter the giveaway below from EveryMove, as there are oodles of awesome prizes!

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Do you try to eat clean or do you think it’s too difficult?

It’s not the 1st, but it’s the beginning of a whole new month for me!

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Did I tell you that  I was going to participate in The 30 Clean?  I’ve been contimplating this for a while & last month I decided to go ahead &  participate in The 30 Clean!  I’m ready my friends!  I am!  Take a peak at all of prep I’ve done for to get me started!

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I’m doing the vegetarian challenge.  I know that this will be quite difficult, but I’m really looking forward to feeling GREAT!  I am mostly a healthy eater, but am not 100% clean.  There is so much support for this month, I know the ladies who are in charge are going to help make this a success for me & everyone esle participating.  They even help you when you eat out, there’s a Facebook group where you ask any questions & so far, all of my questions have been answered so promptly!  So, my friends, I’m ready for The 30 Clean  & will keep you updated on my progress!

I have had a full weekend of runs!  Friday I ran 10, Saturday was a very wet 3 miles  IMG 6616 225x300 Its not the 1st, but its the beginning of a whole new month for me! (I sat on a bench under an awning to get out of the rain for a bit),IMG 6617 225x300 Its not the 1st, but its the beginning of a whole new month for me!     & Sunday was a tough 6miles.  I wasn’t feeling 100% & later had a little fever.  So odd for me.  I’m not a sickly person.  However, I’m all good now.  Had a very short lived bug :).

Something happened to my rafflecopter for the Sky Zone in Elmhurst, so I’m going to give away the tickets here.  Here’s the link to my post about Sky Zone.  Simply leave me a comment telling me who you would take to jump & if you’ve ever been to a trampoline place before.  I’ll pick a winner & announce Tuesday!

Have a great day!





I’m posting this again because I forgot to add the giveaway details below!  Please read through & don’t forget to enter!


                 Good Things Come to Those Who Sweat

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Can you see above that I have EveryMove synced with my UP?  It’s so darn easy.  I dont’ even have to do anything.  I set it up & it all happens automatically.

  • Sweat Better Together
    Users join a thriving online community where they can connect with friends, co-workers, and family to cheer each other on and compete on leaderboards – no matter how they workout or which devices and apps they use!
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I have received numerous discounts & freebies for my participation in EveryMove.  It’s so easy & who doesn’t like to be rewarded with goodies for exercising & doing what’s right!  All you need to do is sign up for EveryMove & begin earning loads of prizes.  Below are examples!

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$40 gift code from Carve Designs
Holy Detox (Deep Cleanse) tea sample from Chai Diaries
22 oz. Original Clean Bottle from Clean Bottle
30% off from DA Active
one subscription box from Kona Kase
one O+ mini from Oxygen Plus
$15 off subscriptions from Panty By Post
50% off a DVD kit from POUND
Real Food Barre samples from Real Food Barre
one full size Alive Reef Safe Sunscreen from Sea Kind
$100 gift code from Skora Running
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fruit & veggie leather samples from Veggie-Go!

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A new place to jump!

Someone contacted me to see if I wanted to take my family to a new place to jump! Well, of course my boys wanted to go, so off we went to check it out! I took the boys & my 2 nieces to Sky Zone!


SKY ZONE ELMHURST, IL – (This is the location we visited on Sunday.)

Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

We are dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone.

Sky Zone St. Louis was completed in 2006, and offers open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available) and the SkyRiser bungee trampoline. For just about any age, shape or size, Sky Zone St. Louis is the ultimate 3-D play experience!
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Let me tell you that it was a darn good workout! After 1 hour of jumping, all 4 kids were sweaty & exhausted! We’ve been to other trampoline places before Sky Zone. However, they truly enjoyed Sky Zone best because they felt that the trampolines were bouncier. Stone loved the dunking baskets, as other places don’t have those. The foam pit is always a big hit with all the kids. They also were given socks with non slip bottoms & felt that gave them better traction, so they didn’t fall as much as they typically did at other places. I loved that they wore those socks, it felt so much more sanitary to me than jumping in your bare feet. The entire building was so clean. Upstairs are party rooms & a nice/cozy sitting area where adults hung out & relaxed while their kids got a great workout. There was a snack bar (we didn’t visit, so I can’t comment).

When you visit Sky Zone, you can play dodgeball (Truman’s favorite), slam basketball, foam pit, large jumping areas, and more….

Would you like a chance to win 4 tickets for 1 hour jump time? I have 4 to give away! If you’re close to Elmhurst, IL, you should enter. It is a really fun family place!
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Friday 5

1.  I got my first Stitch Fix a couple days ago!  While I didn’t love (even like) everything in my box, it sure is fun to come home to some goodies!!!

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These are a couple of the pieces that were sent to me.  I absolutely adore the cardigan/shrug.  It’s soft, cozy & simply goes with anything.  While the top & pants were comfy, they’re both simply not my style.  I didn’t like the pattern on the top, nor the fabric.  I was also sent a necklace (I forgot to tell them I don’t want jewelry) and a dress.  The dress was cute, but not my style.  So, of the 5 items, I kept 1.  After I sent back the unwanted items, I re-did my profile giving them so many more details than I did the 1st time.  So, here’s hoping that next time is much better than this time.  Even though it wasn’t a 100% success, I still had a great time going through the box & loved all the comments & suggestions that were sent on cards to help me style my Stitch Fix.  If you haven’t yet tried, I definitely do suggest you give it a try, why not?  We all love getting fun goodies on our doorstep, don’t we?

If you’re interested in signing up, feel free to use this code: so I can get Stitch Fix credit.  Then, if you refer your friends, you get credit.  I’ll be sure to let you know what arrives in my next box!


2.  Last night was Truman’s Circus Camp Performance.  Some of the kids were quite talented & so much fun to see.  It was a lot of fun to see what he’s been working on over the past few weeks!

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So darn Cute!


3.  I’ve been enjoying these tasty treats!!!!!!!!! IMG 6555 300x300 Friday 5

I also know that in less than 2 weeks, my Clean 30 is beginning &  I won’t be enjoying these babies for a little while.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing soon!


4.  I told you that I’m enjoying my runs & let me tell you, I REALLY AM!

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5.  I am so excited that today is Friday, as I am looking forward to a nice long weekend.  I’ve had loads of work stress & am so happy to have a short week & long weekend!

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Enjoy the holiday, I sure will!


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