Running in the humidity & home brewed Kombucha & Firmoo Sunglasses review.

I have to tell you that I’m increasing my miles along with the humidity rising.  I set out to run between 10-12 on Saturday, not sure what would be and wanted to be relaxed about the run.  Well, I logged 9.5, but it wasn’t all running.  I had some walking in there, as the humidity was so darn high!  The air was thick & my body wasn’t doing what I hoped it would do.  So, it took it easy, listened to my body & walked a little.  Sunday I only ran 4, but it was more of the same.  This humidity is kicking my butt!

But, what is not kicking my butt is my home brewed kombucha.  Are you a fan of kombucha?  I am.  I think either you enjoy or you find it to be grotesque!  I was so excited to try to brew my own, instead of purchasing it, as it’s quite pricy!  So, I was sent a kit from Brooklyn Kombucha to get me started!

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I was a little skeptical to brew my own & leave it on my counter for 14 days.  Yikes!  It seemed so unsanitary.  Well, I did it.  I didn’t add any fruit or flavors for my first brew, as I wasn’t exactly sure how to do that, so I followed the directions & I was a brewing!  I got 5 full jars(servings) of my own homemade kombucha thanks to Kombucha  Brooklyn!  I have to admit that it was quite easy & tasty as well!  So neat to do my own.  I have yet to add some dried fruit or other flavor teas, but thus far, I’m happy with my progress.  This is so much cheaper than purchasing at the store.  I  pay $3.50 for each bottle (when it’s on sale).  This is so much more economical & serioiusly simple!

Would you ever try to brew your own?  It’s worth a shot!!!!!  Tasty & Easy, nothing’s better than that!

 

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Yesterday was visitors day at camp where Stone (12) is attending for 4 weeks in Michigan!  Here’s a few photos from our visit!

The guy is getting so darn tall & SO happy!

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Sporting my new sunglasses compliments of Firmo0!

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                                                                         Who do you think is taller, Stone or Rachel?

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Firmoo asked me to review their glasses for you.  Since my script is so high & it’s complicated for me to purchase glasses, I decided to get some fun sunglasses.  I was able to “virtualy” try them on before I decided on my choice.  So, I chose the ones above.  They came with a hard case & lense cleaner, as well as a storage bag.  The process was VERY easy.  However, I did find them to be a little small for my liking, which I’m sure that had I tried them on in a real store, I wouldn’t have that issue.  None the less, they’re great sunglasses, they’re very dark & light on my nose.  They have a deal going on now that if you choose a specific pair of their glasses, you can get them FREE!  Yes, seriously, here’s the link.  If you’re in the market for a pair of glasses, you should really check them out!  There’s no downside!  Here’s the website to get you started.  They have a lot of glasses to choose from, as well as bifocal, sunglasses, non-script (which I have never understood), etc.  They have quite the variety & you customize as you want!  Have fun.

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Sometimes it’s just fun to be a lady!

Last night was the Esprit de She race in Chicago.  It’s a ladies race & the camaraderie is just FUN!  There were tents to get massages (pre/post race), your hair braided & polish change for your nails.  I don’t really understand the braid thing b/c why to you need to look so cute when you race & you go home to shower afterwards anyway!  But, that’s just me!  They had wine & hummos, flatbread & olives afterwards instead of bananas!  While I didn’t imbibe in those goodies b/c of The 30 Clean, I did have a few olives & a tangerine!  Everyone was all smiles & it was just a good time.

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Benji & Truman came to “cheer” us on!    Truman really came for the goodies!     So happy Rachel ran, look how happy!

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Alida (sister in law) & Rachel                        Love that Rachel has been here from NY, but she’s leaving Monday :(.

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The announcer wanted a pic with us.                                               Happy Ending!

 

The race was a 5k & 10K.  I decided to run the 5k b/c the 2 ladies I went to the race with were running the 5k & I didn’t want them to have to wait for me to finish.  It was fun to run a short race & felt good to finish.  It’s hard for me to run in the evening, but this was a perfect night!  I even finished 1st in my age group!  It pays to be in the upper ages & be part of a small race!

If there’s an Esprit de She in your area, I would definitely run!  It’s Just fun!

O!Snap, an honest review

There’s a new product on the market, O!Snap.  I was given the opportunity to try one out in exchange for my review.

It certainly is a handy little clip that offers a lot of features for such a little thing!

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I did this with mine, as I use a HB Tune when I run, so I had a lot of cord flipping around.  I tyipcally will wrap my cord around the HB Tune, but I simply put it in the O!Snap instead of bothering wrapping!

Here’s a bunch of information that I found on their website:

Whether you’re running in a t-shirt, hoodie, sports bra or no shirt at all, the O!Snap® Headphone Clip is designed with heavy duty magnets that clip securely to many different articles of clothing. This allows a comfortable feel for anything you like to run in.

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Not only is the O!Snap® a revolutionary headphone clip, but it also doubles as a headphone management system. What’s that you ask? In a nutshell, it keeps your headphones from becoming the rats nest we’ve all learned to hate. The innovative dual magnet design allows for tangle free storage and allows for the reuse of the magnet to hang your headphones on a refrigerator or even a light switch so you never lose them.

I also like the fact that you can wrap up your cords & stick them to the fridge for easy storage & also prevention of tangled cords.

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The O!Snap comes in 5 colors & is only $11.99.  I think it’s quite reasonably priced!  It’s a fun little gadget.  I do think it’d be great for those people who wear arm bands while running, as there’s a lot of cord flipping around.

What do you think?

 

 

 

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: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
This is a healthier version than a typical enchilada.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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!

 

 

 

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