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**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!


CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Farmer’s Market, Running & Date Night = Amazing Weekend


I had an awesome weekend….see above…the meter doesn’t lie 🙂

It wasn’t even that I did a whole lot, but the stars aligned and my weekend was just overall fabulous!

Friday evening was just spent hanging out at home with the hubby and kiddos.  I did not feel like cooking at all after the week I had at work, so I took the easy way out and ordered pizza and toasted ravioli for them and a huge salad for me.  Okay…I snagged a piece of pizza too, but only one piece!  Trying to steer clear of all that dairy…which is hard by the way since I love cheese 🙂  Cheese just doesn’t love me…LOL.  I also got some cleaning and laundry done also (Not fun…but you know how it goes…can’t let the family go naked…or can we?!)  Oh…and I did my workout…I’ve been using this one that I found on Fitbie lately.  It’s called 27 No-Equipment Exercises You Can Do At Home.  I love it because I can do this anywhere since no equipment is needed!  Love it!!  Have been trying to do this 2-3 times a week.

Saturday morning found me up early and ready to go for a run.  I’ve decided that on the weekends, I need to get up and do my run early or it just doesn’t happen.  The day gets away from me, and then I find myself trying to fit it in at the end of the day.  Since my knee still isn’t completely 100% better, I decided to head to Frontier Park to run on the Katy Trail (it’s a softer trail than the asphalt that I’ve been running on in my neighborhood)!  Plus, I wanted to hit the Farmer’s Market that is down in that area before my run.  Two birds….One Stone sort of thing!

The Farmer’s Market was great…got some squash and green tomatoes.  Plus I also got some amazing turnips, green beans and fresh eggs from the organic farm that was there!!!  Made some of the fresh, organic eggs for my son this morning…scrambled of course…and he loved them!!!  I snagged a bite also and loved the taste of them.  Thinking I might start getting all my eggs from her…you just can’t beat Organic if you can find it 🙂

My run on Saturday turned out being great!  The weather was still great…slight breeze blowing off the river.  Started off and was feeling good.  My knee did force me to stop and walk for a bit during the run but was very happy with the 2 miles that I got in.  Check out some of the scenery from my run….Beautiful!!


Spent the rest of the day on Saturday running some errands and hanging out at the mall.  I seriously get so excited about new workout/running clothes!  I could have spent all day in the stores just running my fingers over all the pretty, bright tanks and running shorts….DROOL!!!!  UnderArmour has some seriously amazing stuff out right now…If only I was rich 😉  In the end,  I got some amazing deals at Dick’s Sporting Goods for only $50 bucks….check out the swag I scored!


Saturday night, my husband and I were able to sneak out and have a date night all by ourselves…no kids!!!  Woot woot!!  We headed down to Historic Main Street in St. Charles and found ourselves and Lewis & Clark. It was a gorgeous evening so we sat out in the outside eating area…which just so happens to be up on the 3rd floor.  We tromped up the steps (totally re-thinking the heels I wore at this point…but what the heck…my feet looked amazing) and took our seats.  I ended up with the Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos and a side salad.  Both were amazing!!  (Sorry…no pics…it was super dark out at this point and the pictures weren’t really turning out).  My hubby did capture this amazing photo from where we were sitting though.


Simply gorgeous….I seriously love this little part of town!

Sunday morning, I hopped out of bed…heading back down to Frontier Park for my run.  The weather today was not quite what it was the day before.  It was cloudy and windy and I was just hoping that the rain would hold off until I was down.  The wind coming off the river made it a little hard to run at points but overall, it was a great run!  Another 2 miles in!  Spent the rest of the day trying to avoid the rain…it just wouldn’t stop!  We ended up back at the mall because my hubby wanted to grab something he had forgotten the day before.   Ended up wasting 3 hours there mostly because it was raining so hard and we didn’t want to soaked going to the car.

By the end of the day, let’s just say that I was exhausted!  For once, I was in bed and asleep by 9:30 pm….WOO HOO!!!

How was your weekend?

Did you get any new fun workout/running/yoga clothes?

Also…don’t forget about my Frog Fuel Giveaway!  Go here to enter!!

Great way to end my day…New Running Shoes

Okay…so I mentioned the other day that I’ve not been running since this past Saturday due to some knee pain..ugh!!  I know I over did myself that day, plus put that with the wrong running shoes and I was just setting myself up for disaster!  I’ve been resting, wrapping it, putting ice on it and it is starting to feel good again….but…unless I got fitted for shoes, it will probably happen again.

Soooo….I did it!!!  I made my first trip to Fleet Feet for brand new shoes that were fitted to my crazy flat feet! 🙂


I had an amazing experience there!!  Adrian, my Fit Professional, was more than happy to help me find the perfect shoe!  He also helped me to understand my feet more and why they are causing me the problems that they are causing.  After measuring, trying on a few different pair with inserts, and some running around outside, I finally found my new running partner!  The Brooks Women’s Adrenaline GTS 13.  I’m in love so far!!


They are amazing!!!  And it can’t hurt that they are a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice Award Winner in their 2012 issue.  Once on, they felt like I was wearing nothing but still felt all the right support in the spots I needed it!  I love that my ankles don’t roll inwards now and hope that this will relieve a lot of the pain in my feet, ankles, shins and back…fingers crossed 🙂

But back to Adrian…I was seriously impressed with his knowledge and loved learning a few new things.  Plus, he was super easy to talk to and never made me feel uncomfortable!  Plus…he loved me Injinji socks 😉  Compliments always help…LOL!

I haven’t gotten to run in them yet, besides what I ran out front of their store.  My daughter and I did take our dog Franklin for a short walk last night and I must say that I felt no pain in my knee the whole time!  That is HUGE!!!  Can’t wait to break these bad boys in with a good run!!  Hopefully this weekend….Hopefully!!

So I want to end this by saying that I’m now a huge fan of Fleet Feet and their team and will for sure be frequenting there more often for my running needs!  I want to say a huge “Thank you!!” again to Adrian at Fleet Feet-St. Charles for all his help!!  YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!

The Graffiti Run & Giveaway!


This past weekend, I participated in The Graffiti Run with a group of girls that I work with!!!



After the race!

All week, it kept saying that there was a chance for thunderstorms in the morning and in the afternoon which would have put a total damper on the day in my opinion but we were super excited anyway!  We spent the week before making our tutu’s and then in the end I decided to make us matching sparkly headbands to complete our ensembles 🙂

Check out some of our pics from our colorific day!


Love the Arch in the background!!! Go STL!!!


Jumping & Tossing color in the air

Me prior to the race!

Me prior to the race!

And after.... :)

And after…. 🙂

During the after party!!  That is colored powder floating around me!

During the after party!! That is colored powder floating around me!

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

The entire race was a blast…it was not timed so not pressure…just loads of fun!  The only mishap was at the first color station where I came across a very enthusiastic color thrower….with a grin on his face, he took a full cup of bright pink powder and tossed it directly in my face…ugh!!  Soooo not prepared for that…mouth was open…I wasn’t holding my breath yet so needless to say…lots of powder when in my mouth and up my nose.  Check it out!

My VERY pink face  #SWEATPINK

My VERY pink face #SWEATPINK

The rest of the race went great and even though it wasn’t timed, I still kept a watch on my time and ended up finishing the 5K (3.1 miles) in around 34 minutes which I’m very happy with!   Had a great time at the after party!  Very messy and fun! We also ended up with NO rain at all until we were halfway home! It was the perfect weather…sunny with a breeze!

The only downfall of the whole day was:

  1.  there was no food afterwards unless you paid for it (umm…hello…who carries cash on them at a race?!) and,
  2. getting out of the parking lot afterwards was CRAZY!!!  They had no one directing traffic out of this event which cause mass confusion and mass madness!!  People were getting stressed sitting in their cars covered in powder and just wanting to take a shower!  Instead, we sat in our cars for an hour trying to figure out when we might get home….ugh!!

This was my second race that I’ve done that relates to color and have already signed up for The Color Run – STL in September!  I love them!  They are so much fun and I recommend them to everyone!  You should try it at least once 🙂


Since I had such an amazing time, I thought what better way to celebrate, than to throw a giveaway!!  If you remember from an earlier post, I was chosen to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador and received a bunch of awesome pink shoelaces to pass along and share with others!  Soooo….I’m going to be giving away two sets of these cute laces!!


Here are a few ways to gain entries for this giveaway!!

  1. Comment telling me how you #sweatpink!
  2. Like LiveLearnLoveRun on Facebook and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow me on Twitter and comment here that you did.
  4. Follow my blog through email and comment here that you did.
  5. Share on Twitter and post your link here showing me you did.

Remember to comment, comment, comment for each entry!  I will use Random.org to pick a random winner x 2!

Review: Kretschmer Wheat Germ (The Original Super-Food)



I was approached by Kretschmer Wheat Germ to review their product and to offer some free product to one of my readers!  The lovely Sue T. was the winner of the raffle that I had and I hope she enjoys her wheat germ as much as I have!

First…let me tell you a little bit about the product!  Kretschmer Wheat Germ has been around since 1936.  That was when Charles Kretschmer of Carrollton, Michigan developed and sold the first toasted wheat germ.  Even though wheat germ has been getting a lot of attention lately, it is still considered “the best kept secret” among us fitness/health nuts!

According to the Kretschmer website, wheat germ is “packed with nutrients, protein and fiber” and “is making headlines as one of healthiest foods on the planet”.   That is pretty cool since it tastes soooo amazing! It’s yummy with a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. It’s a great day when the healthy food you choose to eat also tastes good 🙂

What is wheat germ exactly?

Well, it’s is the part of the wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant.  It is actually the most vitamin and mineral right part of the whole wheat kernel but is left out when wheat is processed into white flour. Crazy huh? Removing the healthiest part?

So what makes wheat germ so healthy?

Not only is it only 50 calories per serving (2-tbsp serving), but is also packed with loads of nutrients such as:

  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Thiamin
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
  • And for an added bonus….wheat germ is also high in fiber, in non-animal protein, only contains heart healthy polyunsaturated fat and contains NO sodium!!!

Kretschmer carries three different kinds of wheat germ…they include:

  • Original Toasted Wheat Germ
  • Honey Crunch Wheat Germ
  • Toasted Wheat Bran

I chose to get the Original Toasted Wheat Germ to try mostly because I wanted to be able to use it in a variety of different ways and didn’t want any extra added sweetness that the Honey Crunch has.  I browsed around the Kretschmer website and found tons of recipes that I’m for sure going to try.  Such as:

So far, I’ve added the amazing treat to tons of things!  My smoothies…mixed with almond butter….on my salads….over my fresh fruit….in my Overnight Oats and so on!  Here are a few pics!

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I also tried the Double Berry Banana Smoothie (I did tweak it a little to suit my dairy-free life…I used Silk Vanilla Almond Milk instead of low-fat yogurt) but it turned out amazing and very filling!  I definitely recommend trying this one!!    **I totally forgot to take a picture but here is one from the website 🙂


So there it is!  What an amazing product!!  I for sure recommend trying it out (unless you are gluten-free)…there is just too many benefits and different options for trying it to not try it!  Plus it’s great for all types of people….athletes, children, dieters, health-conscious eaters, Pregnant women, seniors….everyone!!!

Not sure where to find it?  Go here and put in your zip code and it will show you the way 🙂

PLEASE NOTE:  Kretschmer provided me with the products for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

Kretschmer Wheat Germ Winner!!!

Just wanted to post the winner of the Kreschmer Wheat Germ!! Will be posting my review a little later today….so watch for it 🙂

And the winner is…               results powered by Random.org

Entry #22 Sue T.
Winner has been contact 🙂
Thank you everyone who joined and spread the word about my giveaway!  It is always greatly appreciated!

Foodie Penpal May Reveal!!

What time is it? I can’t hear you!!! What time is it??!!


That’s right!! It’s Foodie Pen Pals May Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!! I sent my package to Ashley at My Cats and I (Cooking) in Chi, so head on over there to see all the goodies I sent her and to also see what else she has been up to! She is in to healthy low-cal/low-fat foods like I am so she was so easy to buy for!

So…before I get to my reveal…let’s do a recap on the Foodie Pen Pal situation.

First….it’s always a blast!! Second….here’s 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 (I have found that New Jersey has some yummy stuff that we don’t have here in Missouri).

My pen pal was Mary at 3D Dinners (my April & May Penpals both ended up being from New Jersey (weird J ). She is newly married (Congrats!!).  Also…head on over to her page and check it out!  Lots of great recipes!!  Here is what she got me:

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Polenta (a.k.a. corn grits): she said that this is one of her favorite side dishes. I have never tried this before but was excited to try it! I made just how she recommended. Made the polenta and then stirred in 1 cup of frozen corn and honey to taste…..OH…MY…GOODNESS!!! Delightful!! Really enjoyed it and can’t wait to make it again J Made for a great dinner side dish although I could have just eaten this and this alone.


Simply Organic Garlic Salt: She said that she doesn’t usually add salt to dishes but if she has to then she chooses garlic salt instead. This one is great because it’s organic and is also a mixture of sea salt and garlic which are, by far, two of my favorite things. I have been using this a lot! It’s amazing just sprinkled on my spinach salads that I bring for work.


Aunt Gussie’s Spelt Oatmeal Cookies: Wasn’t sure I would like these at first because they are a crunchy cookie and I’m partial to the soft ones but after devouring about 6 in one sitting, I’ve changed my mind! For starters, they are sugar-free which is amazing in itself because they taste sooo good! And there are only a few ingredients…all of which are recognizable and readable 🙂  Find out here about Spelt (It is a great source of fiber with high water solubility. This allows its nutrients to be more easily absorbed than common wheat) and Maltitol (which is the all-natural sweetener that makes these cookies taste so good!). I’m getting a little sad that these are almost gone though….may have to do some investigating to see if I can find them around these parts.


Indie Candy Sweet Heart Gummies: Okay…I’m not going to lie…I’m kind of a fruit snack/gummy connoisseur! I love them and have been known to eat 3-4 packs at a time (I know! I’m sooo bad!). These were nothing short of amazing! They were a Wild Cherry flavor and they did not disappoint. The thing I liked about them the most is that all the ingredients were recognizable and on the plus side, they are gluten-free and allergy-friendly. And EVEN BETTER…..NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FLAVORS OR PRESERVATIVES! Love that part!   Sorry…no picture here…they didn’t last long enough for a pic 🙂

Kind Bar: Okay…I’ve gone on record saying that these are, by far, one of my favorite snacks. This one didn’t last very long…I literally ate it as I looked through the rest of the box once I received it.  Yummmers!!!!


Kind Grains: This was awesome to get because it was a sample size and it allowed me to try it out before purchasing a larger bag! Although…I should have known I would love it! I just love the KIND brand…everything I’ve had from them has been amazing…Keep up the good work KIND company 😉


Mary also was kind enough to send me a recipe to try. She sent Chinese Spicy Chicken! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to be this weekend. I’m even going to get to add some of my Simply Organic Garlic Salt to the recipe!! Double YAY!!

So that’s it! Those are my goodies! Mary did an amazing job picking stuff out for me! She did not disappoint!

Alright….now head on over to The Lean Green Bean and see what everyone else got in the goodie boxes and what the heck…go ahead and join up with us and see what all the fuss is about! I promise…you will have tons of fun and get some amazing snacks in the process!