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This…That…and The Other: The ABC’s of ME!!!

Do you know me?  Do you think you know me?  Do you WANT to know me??

If you answered yes to any of these questions…you are SO IN LUCK!  Heck…even if you said no…I’m going to do it anyway…I’m a rebel like that!!

Let’s play a little game I like to call “The ABC’s of ME!!”

A.  Attached or single?:  I’m as attached as one can be!  And I have been for some time now…I’ve been married to my VERY cute hubby Sean since August 1, 2009 (we have been together since 2006).  Check out what cuties we were on our special day…

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B.  Best Friend?:  I have two friends that I would consider my “BEST” friends…these two girls have been with me for awhile…one since high school…and they are always there for me…even when we go months without getting a chance to talk.  I know that no matter what, we can pick right back up where we left off and no one gets their feelings hurt that it’s been so long.  We just UNDERSTAND! 🙂  I have a handful of other really great friends also…I’m very blessed to have these women in my life.

C.  Cake or Pie?:  I’ve just HAVE to go with pie on this one!!!  There is nothing better to me than a “fresh from the oven and still warm” Peach Pie…and if life wasn’t so mean to have made me allergic to dairy…I would smother said Peach Pie with a huge mound of the best vanilla bean ice cream that a girl could find 🙂

D:  Day of Choice?:  I’m going out on a limb here and saying that I truly do not have a favorite day…I will say though that Monday’s are my LEAST favorite…I always have a case of the Mondays EVERY Monday…blah…

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E.  Essential Item?:  Hands down…a hair tie.  I have SUPER long hair and inevitably, it starts driving me crazy by hanging in my face…or if it is the winter…being completely taken over by static.  I always end up with my hair in a braid…a bun…or a pony tail by at least noon each day.  For running…I would say my RoadID ankle bracelet.  You can never be TOO safe!  Want one of your own?  Check them out by clicking on the picture below.  They are running all kinds of sales right now…you don’t want to miss out!

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F.  Favorite Color?:  I have two and I’m not afraid to say it!  I LOVE purple and hot pink!  And black of course if we are talking about the color of clothes. Or neon orange/pink/yellow if we are talking about running accessories/clothes…okay…so maybe I have more than two…LOL

G.  Gummy bears or worms?:  I totally prefer the gummy bears…I know the taste the exact same as the worms but I just love those little bears.

H.  Hometown?:  I grew up in a small town called DeSoto, Missouri (I actually lived about 15 minutes outside of the city but you wouldn’t have heard of it if I told you).  I currently live in St. Peters, Missouri which is near St. Louis.

I.  Indulgences?:  I’m going to say a massage…I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a massage every other day if I could!  Between running….working out…hunching over my computer at work…I constantly hurt…mostly my back and neck…and a standing massage appoint sounds heavenly.  Hopefully I win the lottery soon so I can do that. (Note to self…start actually playing the lottery)

J.  January or July?: July July July!  I can’t say it enough!  I love the heat of summer and despise the cold of winter.  I’m constantly cold, especially now that it’s heading towards winter.

K.  Kids?:  I have two of those little rugrats!  I was lucky enough to get one of each so I called it quits after that.  My daughter just turned twelve…homones much?? And my son is 8. They are my life and I love them to the ends of the earth.

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L.  Life isn’t complete without…?: a large cup of coffee in the morning and the ability to run!  I love both!!

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M.  Marriage date?:  August 1, 2009

N.  Number of siblings?:  I have two sisters and one brother….I do not live close to any of them unfortunately and I miss them immensely.  My brother and one sister both live out-of-state and my other sister still lives in our hometown.

O.  Oranges or apples?:  Can I pick both?!  Of course I can!  I love me some Cuties and also Gala apples!  They are both my faves and I would choose…you can’t make me!!

P.  Phobias?:  I actually have quite of few but to name a few…coulrophobia (a fear of clowns)….acrophobia (fear of heights)….glassophobia (fear of public speaking)…claustrophobia (fear of tight spaces).

Q.  Quotes?:  Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. -Jon Acuff

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R.  Reasons to smile?:  My ability to run for my awesome and super cute IR4 buddy Riley!  I love being a part of this awesome family of people….Not sure what IR4 is?  Come check it out…especially if you love running…and also if you are the parent of a special needs child/adult.  There is so much love in this group…you just have to come see what we are about!  Click here!  Also…meet my buddy Riley!  Together we are taking the world by storm raising awareness for Down Syndrome!!

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S.  Season of choice?: Summer…then Spring/Fall follow a close second…with Winter not even being on the list…I would like to just forget about the whole winter situation….

T.  Tag 5 people:  Tag!  Your it!!  Pick one or two of these and let me know what you would pick below in the comments 🙂  I would love to get to know YOU!

U. Unknown fact about me?:  Some may not even realize this and quite possibly not even believe it but….I have SEVERE SOCIAL ANXIETY…and it sucks!  If you have it also…you know what I’m getting at…If you don’t have it….be thankful!!

V.  Vegetable(s)?: Yes please!  I love me some vegetable….asparagus..carrots…sweet potatoes…corn…I’m not too picky..there are only a handful that I just refuse to eat…Peas are one of those…peas..blah!

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W.  Worst habit?:  Let’s just say that I have a few bad habits…but the worst by far…is the fact that I bite my nails…not just nibble either…like full on bite them until they hurt.  I do not remember a time when I DIDN’T bite my nails…I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time.  I do it mostly when I’m worried or stressed about something…if I’m upset…if I’m thinking…

X.  Xray or Ultrasound?:  Neither because that usually means there is something wrong with you and I’m not needing any of that…No more babies for me either so I better NOT have to have an ultrasound 🙂

Y.  Your favorite food?:  Seafood!  Especially lobster & salmon!  Those two are my absolute favorites!!!

Z.  Zodiac sign?:  Taurus baby!!  Cinco de Mayo baby right here!  Some of the traits that I resemble are reliable, warmhearted, loving, persistent, determined, and security loving. Of course those are the good ones…I guess if I’m truthful, I should throw out the not so good traits like being jealous, self-indulgent, and stubborn.

So there you have it…I would love to learn some new things about all of you…so pick one of two of these great questions and comment below!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with 🙂

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One of my fellow blogger friends loved my post so much that she decided to do her own!!  Come check out Kim’s post at Sublime Reflection….It’s awesome!!!

AMRAP Nutrition Bar Giveaway!!!

This post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of AMRAPBar. All opinions are my own.

Hello!!  Amazing review to commence in 3…..2….1…..

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I was sent these amazing bars from AMRAP which stands for As Many Rounds As Possible!  First let’s get the details out of the way and then I will fill you in on my opinion!

First off…let’s check out their mission statement!  Just reading it makes me want to go out and FOR SURE take on the world and make positive changes along the way!

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

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Ingredients are always an important factor for me when it comes to nutritional bars.  We all know that there are some out that are wolves in sheep clothing just gearing up to fill our bodies with ingredients that are anything but nutritional.  Not this company!!!

AMRAP creates food that is 100% Paleo, gluten-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and unprocessed. Raw whole foods, like almond chunks, are a top priority in our bars because we know from experience it is clean fuel that feeds our bodies’ daily activity the best. Their bars have an optimal research-based combination of good proteins and carbs for well-rounded athletes. They are recommended for a meal supplement or replacement, and especially a pre or post-workout snack.

I received three different flavors from AMRAPCashew & VanillaFig & CacaoAlmond Honey.

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Let’s just say that I was stoked about ALL the flavors because they all sounded AMAZING!!  I tried the Cashew & Vanilla first.  After one of my training runs, I ate it to refuel and it totally hit the spot!  Filled me up without making my stomach feel super full and heavy!  And the taste?!  Can you say DELIGHTFUL!!  It wasn’t too sweet and had a little bit of a salty taste from the cashews.  I even let my kiddos try a tiny bite of it and they loved it also.Cashew Vanilla

Next up, I gobbled up the Fig & Cacao prior to my workout one day.  I had weights and core that day and used this to prep me for the energy I was about to burn!   The flavor of this one was just as amazing.  It was a bit rich so I ate half before my workout and the other half after.Fig Cacao

I’ve not tried the Almond Honey flavor yet but I’m sure it’s just as amazing!  But hey…don’t take my word for it…go check it out yourself!  You can find tons of information on their site at:  www.amrapusa.com

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AMRAP is also making it possible for THREE (YES…I said THREE!!  WOOT WOOT) of my readers to win an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in a flavor of your choice.  Go to this Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!!!  —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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And the winners are…….

Theresa Varga Kavouras

Nicole Millheim

Linda Ruamthong

Congrats to all and thanks to all that entered!!!  Winners have been contacted by email 🙂

Elf for Health Challenge 2013

Come join me in some fun with this awesome challenge being hosted by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean!!
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Healthy Halloween Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner.  I was having some technical difficulties with the internet off and on all weekend.

So without further ado

AND THE WINNER IS………

LAURA @ Fit Running Mama

She has an amazing blog….trust me!  Go check it out!  You won’t be disappointed 🙂

Healthy Twist on Halloween + Giveaway!

Oh Halloween treats…oh how you tempt me with your yummy goodness and your sticky sweetness!!  Why?!  Why do you do it??!!

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Does the thought of this holiday make you feel the same way?  Halloween has been and probably always will be, a huge battle I fight against each year.  I LOVE CANDY AND SWEETS!!….and I’m not afraid to admit it! 🙂

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I’m also not afraid to admit that I rummage through the kiddos candy piles after they fall asleep on Halloween night…Hey…don’t judge 🙂

However, this fun holiday doesn’t always have to be unhealthy.  There are so many options out there for making healthier choices on the Halloween treats that you make.

Yummy goodness + healthy choices = A happy girl!

A few months ago, I did a review for Kretschmer Wheat Germ!  This little nutrient-rich powerhouse has truly become a staple in my household and I use it almost daily in my smoothies as well as a breading for chicken, fish, etc.  I love this product!!!!!

So without further ado, I’m very excited to share these new recipes with you that will make some yummy Halloween treats that won’t make you feel completely guilty 🙂  **Recipes courtesy of Kretschmer Wheat Germ

Caramel Apples with Wheat Germ

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  • Use the handy caramel apple kit found in the produce department, near the (you guessed it) apples. It is microwavable and heats up to just the right consistency (apple sticks are included).
  • Then mix about 1/4 cup wheat germ (Kretschmer Original or Honey Crunch) with about 1/2 cup finely crumbled chocolate-toffee pieces for six apples.
  • As soon as you’ve swirled the apples coat them immediately with the wheat germ-chocolate toffee bar mixture. Let the apples cool for about an hour.
  • While still a definite indulgence, these sprinkled caramel apples taste incredible and the crumbly topping provides a welcome layer of goodness.

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ 

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  • 8 ounces good quality bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ (or Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ)
  • Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl.
  • Heat cream to gentle boil in small heavy-duty saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted. Refrigerate 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to form into balls.
  • Using very small ice cream scoop or melon baller, drop rounds of chocolate onto cookie sheet. Shape or roll into balls; coat with wheat germ. (Note: If chocolate becomes too soft to shape, return it to refrigerator until it is cold enough to manage.)
  • Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove at least 15 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature.

Do those sound amazing or what?!  I see some yummy cooking AND eating in my near future!

Kretschmer would like one of you lucky readers to receive a full size jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ.  Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment telling me which recipe you would make with your prize.  Listed below are other optional additional entries.  *****Please leave a separate comment for any optional entry.

This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 10:00 pm (CST).  The giveaway winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday, October 26th.  You will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected. Open to US residents only.

Foodie Pen Pal: July Reveal!!

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It’s Foodie Pen Pals June Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!!

But before I get to my reveal…let’s do a little recap on what Foodie Pen Pal is.

First….it’s always a super FUN time!!!!! Second….here are the details! You receive a pen pal match on the 5th of each month, then you email your match to see what they love/hate (yours will do the same) and then mail out a box filled to the brim with foodie treats to your pen pal. You just have to do it by the 15th! On the last day of the month, everyone reveals what goodies they received. You get a different match each month so you are always getting an opportunity to meet new people, find new blogs and try foods that you may just not have available in your area.

So this month, I received my package from Erin!  I truly do not know how I get so lucky every month, but I always seem to get a box full of stuff I like…EVERY MONTH!!!  Have not been disappointed yet!  This month, this is what my Foodie Pen Pal box looked like….

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Included was:

Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas – I love chickpeas!!  I make these for myself a lot but these were a lot easier and not so messy.  The flavor of these were seriously tasty and I found myself eating these by the handful.  I also threw some on a few of my salads lately also!

Hatch Green Chili Almonds – OMG!!!  So…almonds are probably one of my favorite nuts and have never tried this brand or flavor before!  Let’s just say….that they are all gone!!!  They just disappeared one evening while I was watching a movie with the hubby. 🙂

Whole Foods Veggie Chips – Veggie chips are just one of those things that just make me happy!  The have the crunch that I crave from chips but are healthy unlike most of the chips out there on the market.  I have never tried the ones from Whole Foods but will for sure be picking some of those up next time I go.  The okra and the shiitake mushrooms were my favorite!

Homemade Marshmallows – She made toasted coconut and also vanilla!  They were both amazing but I would have to say that the toasted coconut was my favorite!  They only lasted two days before I scarfed them down 🙂  Must get recipe!!!!!!  My kiddos would love these so I see myself whipping up a batch of these in the near future!

So that’s it!  Another Foodie Pen Pal score!!  I truly love this program and recommend that you all just go check it out!  I bet you sign up!!!

Holiday Recap, Half-Marathon Training & Yummy Food

I’m going to play a little catch up with you all…I’ve not really posted much lately but it has been a little crazy in my neck of the woods and I just haven’t had the chance to really get on here and blog. So here we go….

This past weekend, I went to visit with my mom and step dad (and Sadie & Skeeter – their pups) for the holiday! Now first let me say, that I do not get to go to my mom’s as often as I should (it’s really only about an hour and a half away but life is always getting in the way), but when we go, it is always so relaxing! She literally lives practically in the middle of no-where 🙂 A little town by the name of Old Mines, MO. I grew up going to the church here and have many fond memories of the Fall Festivals there…FUN TIMES!!

We spent most of the our weekend just chillin’ on the porch watching the day go by…playin’ with the puppies…finding treasures in the old barn…eating some yummy food…and shooting off a few fireworks. Oh…and we can’t forget swatting those pesky mosquitoes…they sure love me and my kiddos for some reason! We all look like we have the chicken pox’s…ugh!!  Check out the amazing views from my mom’s front porch…BEAUTIFUL!!

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The hubby and I also snuck off to explore one of the old cemeteries that is down the road from my mom’s at St. Joachim Catholic Church (the one I went to as a child). There are three different cemeteries right in this same area but I love this one the most!  This cemetery is so interesting because there is so much history attached to it. Some dating back to the early 1800’s…some you couldn’t even read…some were just steel crosses with no writing…one young man who died in an explosion on a steamer ship…and some are even unmarked because the markers are no longer there. Check out some of what we found!

This one says "Born in Bohemia".  I thought that was cool!

This one says “Born in Bohemia”. I thought that was cool!

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This is a family plot.  See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This is a family plot. See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer "Princess" in 1859

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer “Princess” in 1859

Now, when I go to my mom’s, I usually have to bring some meals with me since I eat so much differently (my friends and family say that I eat twigs, berries & bark….lol) than the rest of my family (I’m a health nut and the rest of them are not…plus I do the whole dairy-free as much as I can thing…and the no red meat thing). We were planning on having a BBQ on Saturday so I decided to make lots of little side dishes that would be me-friendly 🙂

I made some amazing Quinoa Fruit Salad that I found at Two Peas & Their Pod. The only thing I left out (I admit it…I forgot to buy it…ugh) was the fresh mint but it was awesome all the same. It was even pretty tasty the next day when I scarfed delicately ate scarfed some more down. I highly recommend making this sometime this summer when the fruit is in season.

I also made some yummy Tomato Kick Bean Dip from my pal Linz at It’s Linz. The only thing I changed was that I used chickpeas instead of great northern beans but only because that is what I had on hand. It was so light and yummy! Ate it with veggies…ate it with pita chips…ate it by the spoonful (okay…just kidding on that last one…or am I?) Even my mom ended up liking it!

I also made another dish that I had torn out of a magazine at some point (not even sure which but probably Home & Garden). Here is the recipe if you would like to try it out!

Creamy Cabbage & Sweet Corn Slaw
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp lime juice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 scallion (finely sliced)
1/4 small head cabbage (I cheated and used the already shredded bagged kind).
¼ cup corn kernels (I used a fresh ear of corn that I had baked in the oven)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (optional but I highly recommend)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Add in the cabbage and the corn and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Fold in the scallion and the cilantro. EAT and ENJOY!

It really turned out super good! I was pleasantly surprised for sure. Thinking I might make this and add it to a salad next time…hmmmm…oh so many options!!

My weekend ended up being a really great time! Love seeing my mom and visiting with her…I miss her dearly and wish I could see her more!  Although, what would my luck be if I didn’t have a little bit of bad luck….thankfully it waited till we were about one minute from home before it blew up!

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I finally am making the leap into the Half-Marathon world! I begin official training for the MO Cowbell Half-Marathon on October 6th starting on Monday!! This will be my first race over 10K and I’m super excited! I’ve chickened out every year but I’m bound and determined to join the ranks with the rest of you that have a Half under your belt. This week, I’ve kept my mileage the same as what it will be next week and it’s going great so far! We shall see how it goes for the next 12 weeks 😉

Question(s) of the day:

How was your holiday weekend?

Have you trained/participated in a Half-Marathon? What are your tips for getting through this in one piece?