Friday Favorites VII

I was looking back and I can’t believe it has been so long since my last Friday Favorites! This week I have lots a great favorites to share!

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According to Katie Friday Favorites is all about the little things that made you smile over the past week. And anything goes! Because we all know that it’s the little things in life that make it count, right?

 Summer Races

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So far I am signed up for 5 races this summer! They range from 5k to half marathon to relay run! I’m so excited for all of them.

Spring

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Although it doesn’t quite look like spring outside yet here in MN it is slowly getting there. It has been warm enough that I can just wear a sweatshirt so that is a start! Now can it please stop snowing!! I want to see the green grass and flowers!

Silly Maisy

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She is trying to send a message to daddy! He’s kind of ignoring her 🙂

Homemade Pizza

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I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday so we I decided to make Homemade Pizza!! I truly love Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough and sauce! SO good!! It is a MUST try.

Bright Nails

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Since I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday I took advantage and had my Aunt paint my Toenails and Fingernails!! Love bright pink polish!!! I’m truly ready for spring!!

EnergyBits

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I know it has been a while since I’ve talked about EnergyBits on here! I still take these all the time and love them! They help me stay awake during my night shifts! They also give me tons of energy during workouts! Also since they are food and they are clean they are Advocare friendly which is a mega plus! Check them out and if you want to order enter the promo code alexrunsforfood for a 30% off discount!

Boxing

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I know I talk about boxing A LOT but I really do love it!!!!! Title is such an amazing full body workout!!!!! I’ve gone to a couple of Krystal’s classes this past week and she is INTENSE!!!! She is so funny. The other day she started class out by saying “Get your game face on, I mean business.” She wasn’t joking either!

Funny Quotes!

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bahahahaha SO true 🙂

First Time Guest Posting

I am so excited to announce that today is my first time guest posting!!!! Head over to Amanda’s blog to see my guest post on balanced eating. It includes 1 indulgent recipe and 1 healthy, clean recipe! Both recipes are my two best recipes that I get the MOST compliments on! Amanda’s Blog: Diary of a Semi-Health Nut! Check her out, she is a fellow Minnesotan!

What are some of your favorites from the past week or so?

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The Sassy Fit Runner~ Guest Post

Hi everyone! 

Before I introduce myself, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Alex for allowing me to host on her blog today! She is amazing, motivational and inspiring! I am so blessed we had a chance to create a bond over you guested it, running and food! 
 
I’m Lindsay also known as The Sassy Fit Runner!  
 
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I grew up very active and I have always enjoyed going to the gym but my journey in running didn’t begin until a year and a half ago, after entering my very first 5K. My husband and I decided to try out our endurance we gain from taking the Insanity Challenge. We each recieved 3rd place in our age groups and of course we became hooked! Now my son who soon will be six, is joining in on all the fun we are discovering in a life of better health and fitness.
 
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We go hiking, biking, on fun runs and when it’s warmer, we also go swimming. Being a wife and a mom is the most important thing to me, and to have their support is truly amazing! Now, I’m only a few more weeks away in becoming a personal trainer! How’s that for a year of life changing goodness?!
 
 Editors Note: OMG I didn’t know you were studying to be a personal trainer!! Can’t wait for your new adventures of 2014!
 
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HOT CHOCOLATE 15K
 

One of my goals for 2014, was to increase my distance. To keep myself accountable, a few months ago I set out to find a race that would do just that. I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15K and went ahead and paid in full. I find it’s always best, because not only does it set up a time frame for training, but you never want to throw away good money spent. Last Sunday was the big day to prove I could push myself to the next level. I woke up at 6 am, got dressed and picked up my running buddy. We of course arrived an hour late, but as luck would have it we found our parking lot that was right across from our corral line up (thank goodness I paid extra for the parking pass they offered). The music was lively, the runners we chatted with were friendly and being surrounded by more than 30,000 people is enough to get anyone pumped up! Every mile was a victory. All the volunteers were so enthusiastic and cheering us on, keeping us smiling up every hill. As I approached the last half mile, I gave it everything I had! I knew the race was coming to an end and I wanted to say I finished strong.  Once I crossed over the finish line I became over whelmed with emotions. Joy. Victory. Excitement. I didn’t win a metal; I didn’t even place, but that run was a win because I completed what I set out to do. And it wouldn’t be known as the Sweetest Race in America if is wasn’t for the AMAZING chocolatey goodness we received as our reward! They come to most major cities around the US and they also have a 5k as well. www.hotchocolate15k.com

Editors Note: Awesome job on your 15k! That is a huge accomplishment! You rock!!

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Never be afraid to set a goal and push for what you want. You can do it. It will take time. It will take preparation, but it is doable. I hope everyone has a great week! Thank you again for allowing me into life today.
 
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Enjoy Today and Happy Running!!
 
Lindsay 

Fit Family Lifestyles Month

Did you all have a great weekend? Mine was pretty low key.

In honor of Scott and I heading for vacation in SIX days I have a guest post for you all! Kendra Thornton wrote a great article with some tips on how to keep your family happy and healthy while on vacation. There are some great tips for those of you with kiddos.

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Five Ways To Keep Your Family Healthy and Happy on Vacation

If you want to look good, you need to feel great! It’s always been a saying that works for me. As a mom to three kids, I have to be active and strong!

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There are some valuable tips I’ve picked up over the years that keep me at my best. In honor of this month’s Fit Family Lifestyles, I’m here to share five ways I stay healthy while traveling.

1. Start off the day with a good breakfast

Before you head off to a theme park, beach, day of skiing or whatever it may be with the kids, encourage everyone to eat a balanced breakfast beforehand. It will help you save money during your trip and you’ll be more likely to choose healthier food choices at the beginning of the day. Most hotels include breakfast options in your room rate.

Editors note: I definitely agree with starting your day off with a good breakfast. I’m the worst at eating a nutrition breakfast in the morning (or any breakfast at all) but I feel and eat much better on days that I do eat breakfast. 

2. Take some snacks along with you

Before you head out during the day, plan out a few snacks that will keep your family satisfied. With sliced fruits, pretzels and some homemade trail mix in your bag, it’s easier to keep your kids feeling great before dinnertime. Go on and throw some M&Ms in there just in case you get a craving for something sweet!

3. Recreate their sleeping environment

It’s important for your children to get great sleep while you’re traveling. In order to make your child’s sleep peaceful and sound, recreate their sleeping environment to the best of your ability. Pack their special blanket, sound machine, pacifier or favorite book.

4. Gather souvenirs

Taking trips with your family allows you all to create memories together. During the day, ask your kids to draw or list what their favorite activities were on vacation. Have them collect postcards and souvenirs that mean something to them. This way, they’ll have a collection of mementos to look back on once they’re older. I always like pre-planning to go on active journey’s with my family throughout the day – whether it is sightseeing, a hike, or a walk down the beach because I find that the more active my kids are, the happier they are.

Editors Note: LOVE collecting souvenirs!!!! It’s a great way to remember your vacation. 

5. Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands washed isn’t just a good habit, it can keep you healthy for weeks to come. According to an SCA survey, four out of 10 adults don’t wash their hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Kids have an even harder time keeping sanitized than grownups! Encourage everyone to wash their hands often.

When every family member feels happy and healthy, traveling can be an absolute blast. While you prepare for your trip, keep in mind these great techniques that will make your trip memorable and fantastic.

Kendra can be found on twitter @KendraThornton

Even though I don’t have kids these are great tips for even me. Plus my hubby is kind of like a big kid 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed the guest post!