Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

WHOOO HOOOO! Friday's finally here! I swear it seemed like this week was never-ending... Or maybe it was just me who thought the weekend may never get here. Anywho, it's time to focus on the good and share some of my favorite things I've been loving lately. Don't worry, I won't delay any longer... let's jump right into my FRIDAY FAVORITES!


Brooks Heritage Line


I believe I mentioned this line before, but since the rumors are true and the shoes are going back into the vault soon I had to stock up. This week I got a shipment of three pairs of Women's Chariot Heritage Shoes that I am in love with. And apparently I got my order in just in time because the color-ways that I picked up are no longer on the website.


Wedding Anniversaries


Wednesday the hubby and I celebrated our NINTH wedding anniversary. Okay, so, maybe I should mention this... I do not like getting gifts. Don't get me wrong, I am always appreciative, but I feel like I "need' so little that I normally would prefer folks spent their money on giving to others in need. With that said, I don't love our anniversary because of presents, in fact the hubby and I normally don't exchange any type of gifts, but I love it because we put a lot of work and effort into our marriage that I'm stoked we are defeating the odds. Nine years down (fourteen together), forever to go!


Dried Pineapple


I normally don't buy it often at the grocery store because it is a fairly expensive "treat" (not to mention I can down a bag in one sitting), but recently it was on sale and I have been loving it lately. I know, I know, it is crazy high in sugar, but I justify it by telling myself it is better than snacking on candy. And don't get me started on yogurt covered raisins ;)

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Sweet Emails


How often do we think something but never say it? I got a sweet email the other day and have kept it in my inbox as a reminder that things you do DO make a difference. If you see something beautiful, speak it! If you love someone, tell them! You never know when the moment may pass, so take advantage of every second and SPREAD KINDNESS!


What are you loving lately?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

REVIEW: MPOWERD Luci® Inflatable Solar Lights

When MPOWERD offers to send you some of their inflatable solar lights, you take them up on the offer. I mean, the #AdventureMobile is always in need of lights, so this was like a match made in heaven, right?!


The awesome folks at MPOWERD sent us four of their lights to try out. We were stoked to break into the packages and give them a go (but I had to refrain myself a bit so we could snap a quick picture first - #BloggerPriorities).


If you haven't heard about this brand before, let me give you the down-low.

In 2012 MPOWERD created Luci®, an inflatable solar light, with the goal of making an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation — from outdoor camping adventures to backyard parties to everyday living. Luci® taps into a source of light that’s limitless and readily available to everyone on our planet — the sun. Advancements in renewable tech have allowed them to literally put the power of the sun into a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
And you know I love a company who gives back, right?! This brand is no different and it is one of the main reasons (besides their FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC products, of course) that I totally big red puffy heart them!
Their goal is to empower the 1.5 billion people in the developing world who still live without electricity. In many places, as soon as the sun goes down, children can't study, entrepreneurs have to stop working, women are less safe walking outside, health clinics have to close... the list goes on. Kerosene lamps are the most common solution in these areas – but they're dangerous, toxic and expensive. Luci® is a clean, safe and affordable way to bring light to the world.

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They don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. They created a "Give Luci® Program" where you can join in on delivering light all over the world. Purchase a Give Luci® light for just $14.95 and their nonprofit partners will send it directly to someone living without access to electricity. It's a win-win! #DoSomethingBright #LightUpLife


Recently we were able to bring these lights on a couple camping trips with us. We went to Lake Tahoe for a wedding and car camped on the way (staying on BLM land near Mammoth Lakes) and also went to Big Bear with the #AdventureMobile for a long weekend with friends. Not only were these handy, bright and convenient, they take up ZERO space and last forever (okay, maybe not forever, but 12-18 hours when fully charged depending on the model).




I'll be honest, in the past I thought I would be "crafty" and make some solar lights for camping. I bought glass jars and solar lights (from the Dollar Store), then I hot-glued the light portion to the top of the jar and sprayed some "glass frosting" on them to disperse the light a little more. Let's just say they are clunky and heavy and not super reliable.

I never claimed to be good at the crafts I make ;) Now they sit on our porch.

The hubby and I both commented on how amazingly awesome these little buggers are. We've used them while eating, reading, playing games and just maxin' and relaxin'. The hubby loves the Luci® Color Essence best for the "mood" lighting, while I dig the Luci® Outdoor 2.0 most because it's so bright and with it's adjustable bottom strap we can hang it easily in the #AdventureMobile. But we both agreed, we love all of them and are stoked to have found this brand!


Do you have any solar powered items?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brooks Run Happy Hat (GIVEAWAY)

Remember a couple weeks back when I got endorsed by Brooks Running?! Well, if you don't, check it out HERE.


Oh yeah, and YOU can also get endorsed by Brooks if you haven't already... (They've already signed over 50,000 athletes {like every day, normal runners like you and me}!) The campaign ends September 30th, so don't miss out!

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Not only is the campaign pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC, but Brooks is AMAZEBALLS! Although, hopefully you know that fact already, which is why you would want to get "signed" by them, right?!

Prior to launching the BIGGEST ENDORSEMENT DEAL IN SPORTS HISTORY, they sent some of the Run Influencers goodies to kick off the campaign. (Like I've said in the past many-a-times, I am BEYOND BLESSED!)


Although the hat they sent is awesome, it's not really my style... So instead of it collecting dust in the closet, I thought I'd give it away to one of YOU! And what better (and fair) way than through a random blog GIVEAWAY?!


Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then wait (some of the entry options are available daily, so I'd highly recommend entering early and often to have the best shot at securing some of these for yourself)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway will run through Friday, August 18th at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and has 24 hours to claim their prize. US Residents only. All entries are verified, so be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected (don't miss out on a technicality).

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How do you make sure to #RunHappy?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 32

Sunday, August 6th – 18 mile run (Goal: 9 @ 8:15, 9 @ 7:45), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, August 7th – 6 mile run (Goal HR 150)


Tuesday, August 8th – 7 mile run {1 mile warm-up, 4 x .25 mile hill repeats, 4 mile cool-down}, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, August 9th – 6 mile run (Goal HR 150), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, August 10th – 8.03 mile run (Goal: 1 mile warm-up, 4 x 400 {at 6:40 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 4 x 800 {at 7:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 4 x 400 {at 6:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, August 11th – 5K with the hubby


Saturday, August 12th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

If you follow my workouts closely, you probably noticed my hill repeat workout from Tuesday was off... I got in 4 of my 10 repeats and had to call it. My body (thanks to the humidity) was NOT having it. My long run on Sunday was also craptastic (seeing as we had gotten back from Lake Tahoe the night before LATE and I started my run during the heat of the day). We also went camping in Big Bear from Thursday through Saturday, but thankfully that didn't effect my training too much (and I did have a decent track workout before leaving which lifted my running spirits a bit). Some weeks are awesome and some weeks aren't... We will just consider this an off week and hope next week is better!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's FRIDAY, so you know what that means... And I don't mean ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA (although that's what Friday means to my tummy), it means I get to share some of my favorite things with some of my favorite people!


Brooks + National Park Service


I saw this on REI's Instagram stories last week and was STOKED! Like I legit ran into the office to tell the hubby all about it. If you know me, you know I love both Brooks and the National Park Service. Well, then a collaboration is like a match made in heaven, right?! I don't know that I will actually get any of these shoes because I don't run trails often and don't know how my feet would love the Cacadia shoes, but the tees may make it onto my birthday list ;) (PS I think the Yosemite or Yellowstone lines are my favorite but they all are pretty awesome!)

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Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Cinnamon Almonds


I picked up these almonds from the grocery story a couple weeks ago because they were on sale (and have since stocked up on the remaining canisters that they had left). Normally my go-to "flavor" are raw (non-salted) almonds, but I love me some "sugar and booger" (I don't know why, but that's what my family calls cinnamon and sugar on toast) so I thought I'd give them a try. These are yummy. They remind me of almond churros! Now obviously they are a little more "dessert" like than your standard almonds, but they are an awesome, healthier alternative than say ice cream or candy.


Brooks Women Ad


I came across a Brooks Women Instagram post the other day and it made me smile. They were using women of DIFFERENT sizes in an ad - not just the body type we are used to seeing when it comes to running brands (and one that very few woman naturally have). Not only that, THEY WERE ROCKING THEIR SPORTS BRAS! I didn't look at the picture and think about potential flaws or insecurities or shame. I saw these women and thought about STRENGTH and HEALTH and EMPOWERMENT! Thank you, Brooks, for showcasing REAL women!

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Team Lemma Tackles Disneyland


Two of my awesome friends, Carrie and Allison, have two amazing daughters, Lucy and Emma. Team "Lemma" (Lucy + Emma) will be tackling their first half marathon together at Disneyland (the Disneyland Half) as a way to raise funds and awareness for Rett Syndrome. They set an ambitious goal to raise $1300 by the race, which is on September 3rd, $100 for each mile they will be running. These two ladies ROCK MY SOCKS (as do their families) and I thought I'd challenge YOU to donate $13.10 to the cause. Every penny counts, though, so feel free to donate as much or as little as you can!

Source@lucylundell's Instagram feed

What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?