Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Prep & Turkey Talk

Hello blog friends!  

Are you knee-deep in Christmas prep like I am?  Around here we're calling it Operation Ho-Ho and it's serious business. We like our Christmas red, green, and with no shortage of bling.  I feel mostly prepared for the big day with just a few gifts left to buy and loads of wrapping to do.  We're not going to talk about the knitting that still needs to be finished... I've still got time. Right?

So, I was just looking through my pictures and I can't believe I never told you about Thanksgiving!  I considered skipping this talk altogether since it's been awhile, but I love the Turkey Trot so much that I can't let it go.

That morning started with me getting the girls out of bed REALLY early yelling, "It's Turkey Trot Day! It's Turkey Trot Day!"  I don't mind telling you that it felt really good to do that after all the Christmases that they've tried to haul me out of bed at the butt-crack of dawn.

We picked up Grandma Glo and my BRF/sis-in-law Kristina and we were off!

Please excuse the darkness of the picture.  I'm not kidding around, it was really stinking early.  Aunt Kristina had us leave really early since we almost missed the start last year.  This resulted in us getting to the starting line and sitting in the car for about 45 minutes.  Someday we'll get it just right.

Kristina, Katie and I ran together.  It was a really nice day and we even got some big fluffy snowflakes while we were out there.  This was good news because Kristina and I don't like it if the weather at the Turkey Trot is too spring-like.  We need just a little snow & cold in order to have bragging rights at the dinner table later on.

I totally forgot to take pictures for you out on the course.  Oh well.

We got to the finish and Kristina and I got our selfie.  We've been Turkey Trot partners for many years now and I hope we'll be heading out there for many years to come.

When we got to the finish we found our friend Caitlin who had left her mom in the dust 
and was now playing the waiting game.

Grandma and Mandy walked the 5K which made Mandy really happy since she insists that 
running hurts her neck. (she refuses to believe us when we tell her our necks are fine)

We took our group picture before we headed home to get ready for dinner.
Did I tell you that we were hosting at our house this year?

Once we got home we found Ken giving the turkeys some love.  He is actually the reason we ended up hosting this year.  He's been smoking meat like crazy all during the fall and just had to try his hand at the Thanksgiving bird. (which ended up being 2 birds)

Ruger was no help at all in the dinner preparations.  
He entertained himself watching the dog show.

The birds came out of the smoker looking as delicious as they tasted.  
This was the first year I can remember when there were no turkey leftovers.
(no, they're not burned.  The rub crisps up like that and the inside is juicy)

We had a great day with family.  
It was really the sort of day that left me thinking that I have much to be thankful for.

After everyone went home and the girls went to bed, Ruger decided we needed to have a snuggle.  I didn't argue with him.  It's really the perfect way to end a good day.

Are you ready for Christmas?

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Why Start Doing Yoga?

So, have I told you how much I love yoga? ha!  Unless this is your first time here, (and if it is, Welcome!) 
you probably know that I love yoga.  It's like an old friend I keep coming back to.

One of my December goals is to get a longer yoga practice in at least twice a week. 
(longer meaning around an hour)  I know that yoga helps me to manage my stress and the holiday season can surely be a stressful one.

I asked some friends in an active Facebook yoga group to tell me how they started doing yoga. 

Carin ~ I was introduced to yoga through P90X yoga dvd and i loved how I felt AFTER i was done. peaceful, content,

Alma said ~ I tried some very basic Rodney Yee DVD in my early forties and loved the benefits of greater range of motion and ease of movement. I also tried the P90X yoga and had the same experience as Carin. I'd been contemplating going deeper into yoga for a while. When my friend Denise suggested the 108 UY challenge to me I joined the journey that began in 5/2013. I've been practicing since.

(I've seen Alma's pics.  She & yoga are good friends!)

Megs~ Started in 2000 when we did West Side Story at the Erie Playhouse. It was mandatory for dance shows so we were warmed up to prevent injuries. It didn't become a major part of my life until now. 

Barry ~ Severe injury , long story short lead me to doing Power 90 with Tony Horton, to P90X to looking to still heal up and the P90X / exercise helped, but still had pain and agony just not as severe ,found DDPYoga which lead me to Ultimate Yogi which lead me to Yoga Warrior 365...and the healing continues thankfully.

Denise ~ I hurt my back pretty badly doing other workouts and just being careless with form. Eventually yoga was the only thing I COULD do. I spent a lot of time lying on a heating pad...and googling things for some kind of relief......I found Tara Stiles' yoga on youtube and really enjoyed her approach and then one night found Travis' Yoga Foundations, which led to Cross Train and then Short and Sweet, and 108. THEN I was hooked. It will be two years in December for me. It has been life changing. And I am so grateful for it.

Aaron ~ I wanted superpowers. (me too, Aaron.)

Yariv ~ I started in London as a supplement to martial arts but I really took to it in my late thirties in preparation for surgery. After six months of a strong yoga practice the doctor told me I didn't need the surgery.

(Yariv is now responsible for bringing us some awesome yoga workouts! 
Check out www.udaya.com)

Laura ~ I started yoga primarily for my mental well being. As someone who suffers with depression and an anxiety related disorder, yoga helps me to find focus. Also I had a breast cancer scare last year that needed me to address my physical health.

Give yourself (or someone you love) the gift of yoga this Christmas.  
Order Rudy Mettia's Yoga Warrior 365 HERE. <--Affiliate Link 

And tell me in the comments- Do you Yoga?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Happy Monday everyone!

Around here we are busy preparing for Thanksgiving because we are hosting this year!  Yikes!

Ken & I haven't hosted a Turkey Day since before our kids were born.  The family was smaller then.  We each had younger siblings who weren't married yet and there were no grandchildren on either side of the family.  But, we're committed. (or should be committed? You decide.)

Ken is going to smoke the turkeys this year.  Yep, that was turkeys- plural.  He says that doing two 9 lb turkeys is better than one gigantic bird.  And since he's in charge of the bird, it's really his call.

I'm in charge of potatoes- the sweet kind and the mashed kind.  Before you ask, I don't put marshmallows in my sweet potatoes.  I know some people do that and all I have to say to you is ICK!

All of the family members are bringing the rest of the meal.  Grandma Sally is doing some pies, Grandma Glo is doing some pies and lasagna.  Aunt Kristina is bringing her famous cornbread casserole, Aunt Pam is bringing stuffing... really I've lost track. All I know for sure is that there will be plenty of food around here on Thursday.

But, we're doing other kinds of prep, too.  (really, it's not all about the food around here)

Today we're headed to early packet pick-up for our annual Turkey Trot 5K.  Full disclosure- I think I like the race even better than the meal.  This year I'll head out with Katie, Mandy, Grandma Glo and my BRF (best running friend)/ Sister-in-law, Kristina.

Here's us at last year's Turkey Trot...

I've also made myself a schedule of workouts for the week in an effort to off-set all the eating I plan to do on Thursday.  Today was P90X3 Total Synergistics.  I want to take Ruger for a walk, but it's super windy out there right now and I don't want my dog to blow away.  Maybe it will settle down later.

Ruger doesn't care...

On Friday we'll officially roll out Christmas around here. The truth is, we've been listening to the music already and we're sort of sneaking into Christmas.  But Friday it gets real.  My daughter Katie and I have started pinning Christmas fun on a Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow it and re-pin or make things or do whatever you do.  You can find it HERE and we'll be adding to it all month long!

By the way, the winner of the WIN giveaway was Megs!  yay!  I've already sent her address along to the nice people at WIN.  I know that she is super active so I can only imagine the pile of sweaty clothes she has.

How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?
What's your favorite dish?
What dish do you wish your family would forget?

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's a WIN detergent giveaway! #SweatHardSmellGreat

So, I'm back from my blogging break and I have a giveaway just for you! 

The makers of Win detergent and my friends at SweatPink sent me 2 bottles of Win detergent in exchange for writing this blog post AND I get to give 2 bottles of Win detergent to one of you!

The sweaty summer season is over, but that doesn't mean we're done getting sweaty!

In fact, once the snow starts my family hits the ski trails and goes snow shoeing and the piles of sweaty clothes just get deeper.  Win detergent is great for getting the stink out of our gear.

I've used  WIN Detergent Blue in the past and it's done a great job at de-stinking our gross ski gear and my sweaty running gear.

  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that WIN Detergent Green is just as effective without fragrances or dyes.

So, how do you win some WIN ?
(ha! did you see what I did there?)

It's easy! 

You have 4 chances to win... leave a separate comment telling me that you've completed each of the following tasks and you're in!

1. Tweet about this post using the hashtag #SweatHardSmellGreat
Tag me! @kidsrunwild

2. Follow WIN on Twitter

3. Follow WIN on Instagram

4. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite way to get sweaty in the fall & winter months!

And although it's not necessary for the giveaway, I'd be super excited if you'd follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

I'll announce a winner on Wednesday!

Disclaimer: I was given 2 bottles of WIN detergent in exchange for writing this post.  
All opinions, text & stinky laundry are mine.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Fun- Zombies, Trees & Silly Girls

So I've missed out on telling you quite a few things while I took my little break from blogging.
Warning:  This post could go all over the place.

Back in October Katie & Mandy had the opportunity to perform as zombies at a Zombie 5K right here in our hometown.  This particular 5K is run by our local community theatre so the zombies look pretty real.

Yes, that's my little Mandy with a gunshot wound to the chest.  When I posted this picture on Facebook, some of my friends were momentarily alarmed and thought that she was injured.  I was momentarily alarmed that they thought I'd whip out my phone and start taking pictures instead of rushing the child to an ER.

Katie & her friend Jenna went as Zombie Anna & Elsa, so lots of little girls wanted their picture taken with them.  Seriously, it's like they didn't even notice that these princesses were dead.

Ruger even went along to the 5K with us and spent some time sniffing everyone & everything. 
He wasn't overly impressed with the zombies.

Several friends asked me why I wasn't running.  Honestly, this just isn't my kind of race.  I like to put on my headphones and zone out when I run.  I don't want to chase anyone and and I don't want to be chased.  
But I had a great time cheering on the runners & zombies!

I've been spending lots of time knitting.  
Most recently, I knit up this teeny little tree.

I'm looking forward to knitting a teeny little forest to go with it.

And I always have time to take silly selfies with funny girls who are growing up way too fast.

As I'm typing this, the first snow of the year is settling on my deck.  I'm looking forward to taking Ruger out for his walk this morning and seeing what he thinks of it.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hello readers? You still here?

Hello??? Are you here?  Are you still reading?  Thank you for your patience.  I know, I've been a complete slacker of a blogger lately.  But I'm back and I'm deeply thankful that you're here too.  Let's chat.

First, what happened to me?

Well, I took on that 31 Days of Blogging Challenge in October.  I was going to give you a whole month of lists.  I'm going to go ahead and put that into the category called "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

But when I committed, I forgot a few things.  I forgot that I'm not the sort of blogger who stays on one theme for a whole month.  Heck, frequent readers are probably thinking that I sometimes have trouble sticking to one theme for an entire post!

I also forgot that I don't like to post every single day.  I like to post when I actually have something to say!  And I'm not really big on giving advice.  I'm happy to tell you all about things that are working for me, just in case they might work for you too, but I don't like to flat-out tell you what to do.  That's just not how I roll.

So once I started in on that plan (that really did seem like a good one) I started to feel really penned in by it.  I didn't want to make lists.  I wanted to tell you random things!  (I always feel like you enjoy those posts most)

So I wandered away from the blog & didn't post anything.  And I missed it.

So I'm back.

I'm making no promises, but I'll try to do better.

And since it's Wednesday and I've totally ditched you in the What I Ate Wednesday department, let me try and make it up to you.

Ken bought a smoker and he made me this chicken.  After I took the picture it fell right off the bones.  It was delicious!

There, that's better.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Greatest Love List

When it comes to LOVE I could never make a better list than the one in I Corinthians 
which tells us what love is and isn't.  

Have a beautiful Sunday friends.

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