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Marathon Training Weeks 1-3

Before my marathon training started, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to recap my experience. I knew weekly updates would be too much. I mean, I wouldn’t have much to say besides, “Yay, I ran again!” I think they’d be super boring for y’all, so I’ve decided to do recaps for every 3 weeks of training.

I’m not going to cover every detail, but I’ll share what I think to be the important highlights of the last few weeks and how I’m feeling about my upcoming marathon adventure. Also, I’m not going to discuss paces in these recaps unless something drastic changes. Since I’m running with a CARA and I’ve already selected my running group pace, my long runs will always be at a 10 minute/mile pace.

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Now, let’s jump into Weeks 1, 2 and 3!

Week 1 was right after Blend and it was most definitely a doozie. I was exhausted and barely had enough energy to get myself to work let alone to the gym. I fit in 2-3 mile runs and a Body Pump class as well before my long run that Saturday.

The 6-miler I had with my running group on Saturday morning turned out to be excellent. As a first-time marathon-trainer (not counting last year because I didn’t go through the full training program), I was nervous to start training and to meet my CARA running group. Thankfully, both the run and my group were fabulous and it was a great way to kick of my training!

What I ate pre-run, Week 1: O2Gold + Spark + Catalyst + Banana <– I should have added in a spoonful of peanut butter as well, but thankfully, the O2Gold pushed me through.

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Week 2 training was also a tad disorganized due to my trip to Colorado at the end of the week. I fit in 2-3 mile training runs and a few strength classes at my gym and pushed my long, 7-mile run to Thursday evening rather than Saturday morning.

My Thursday evening run confirmed my hatred of working out after work. My body has zero energy, I’m either under- or over-hydrated and I have no idea how to fuel myself during the day to make for a successful evening run. Plus, races are in the morning and my body has adjusted accordingly.

With that being said, my 7-miler was not fun. I forgot to take my O2Gold and ran solo and it was humid and it just plain sucked. Big time. I pushed through at just under 10 minutes/mile (my running group’s pace) and was more than happy to be done and suck on my inhaler for a few minutes ;)

What I ate pre-run, Week 2: I have no idea what I ate during the day (I need to journal my food on running days!) but I’m annoyed that I forgot all of my AdvoCare essentials pre-run. I’m certain they would have made my run go from hellacious to “not-that-bad.”

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Week 3 training has been the best training week so far. It kicked off with a 3-miler in Estes Park and although that run was severely lacking in oxygen, it set the week off on the right foot. {pun intended… hehe!} I fit in a few Body Pump classes along with another 3-mile run and a 4-mile run before my 5-miler with CARA on Saturday. And good news, the 5 miles were great! It was crazy humid and I think I sweat out about 10 pounds, but it felt good to get back to running with my group again.

Also, as a side note, every third week is a “drop-back” week in marathon training. I’m not exactly sure how it helps your body, but I believe it has to do with muscle recovery before the next weeks’ mileage builds. Regardless, I was happy to have a shorter long run on Saturday.

What I ate pre-run, Week 3: O2Gold + Spark + Catalyst + Banana + Nuttzo = WINNING! I felt awesome and this combination is most definitely a winner.

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So, how am I feeling now that I’m on Week 4?

I’m obviously still at the very beginning of my training so that 26.2 miles seems like a very distant thought in the future. However, I am feeling optimistic (ask me this when I get to my 15-miler weekend…) and am looking forward to building my mileage and friendships throughout my training.

I’ve started to understand the importance of fueling my body well with optimal food, supplements and LOTS of water while cutting out crap.

I’m also starting to understand what type of apparel I will need to wear in order to be as comfortable as possible on my long runs – capris, a tight sports bra and a hat are going to be requirements for this girl!

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Overall, training has been going great so far. I have been going with the flow and taking each day at a time – if I’m tired, I don’t push it, but if I have energy and feel strong, you better bet I’m out there running or lifting! I know I’m going to need more rest days as my mileage grows on the weekends, but I’ll tackle that once I get there :)

What is the longest distance you’ve run? 13.1 miles… twice!

What do you typically eat before a long run or workout? Obviously I’m obsessed with bananas and nut butter (why fix what’s not broken?!) but adding in AdvoCare has really helped my performance and stamina!

Summer Fun with Blue Diamond

The start of summer calls for many things.

Warmer weather, sunny skies, the smell of backyard grilling, vacations and picnics just to name a few.

Although I don’t picnic often, relaxing on a blanket under the cool shade of a tree while enjoying snacks (and wine <– can’t forget the wine!) is one of my favorite summertime activities.

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The picnic-lover in me appreciates all of the opportunities Chicago has to offer when it comes to picnicking – summertime festivals, movies in the park, yoga in the park, music in the park (we obviously like our parks here in Chicago ;) ) and, one of my all-time favorites, Ravinia.

As I mentioned last week, Kyle and I took advantage of a couple of free tickets and spent an evening on the lawn at Ravinia. Per my comments above, you can bet that snacking and wine were involved!

Kyle picked up the cheese, bread, chocolate and wine for the evening (#besthusbandever!), but I knew I wanted to have a few healthier options as well. Enter Blue Diamond Almonds.

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Blue Diamond has some tasty and fun new flavors for the summer season that I couldn’t wait to try, including Toasted Coconut and Blueberry. Not only were these two the perfect addition to our picnic, the flavors were incredible as well. The Toasted Coconut and Blueberry were light enough as to not overpower the almond flavor, but also distinct enough that you felt like you were eating fancy almonds.

Fancy almonds and wine – now that’s my kinda picnic!

And if you’re wondering, the new Blue Diamond Almond flavors pair very well with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. They’d be the perfect snack at your next wine tasting party this summer!

In addition to picnicking, these almonds are going to make an appearance over the upcoming 4th of July weekend. I have a little tradition of making a red, white and blue cake for the holiday and typically use strawberries and blueberries to make a fun flag design. This year, I plan on using the blue-hued Blueberry almonds in addition to my fruit to make a fun and healthy (minus the cake part, ha!) holiday-themed dessert :)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Blue Diamond provided me with a 6oz can of Toasted Coconut almonds and 4oz bag of Blueberry almonds. All opinions in this post as well as on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages are solely my own. 

What is your favorite “flavor” of almond? I love the coconut, especially with a piece of dark chocolate :)

Do you have any fun traditions or plans for the 4th of July? Besides my cake, just watching fireworks!

Friday Favs

Good morning and happy Friday!

Can I get a TGIF? Although this week was short for me – I was in Colorado on Monday and my office has a random half day today, it felt super long. Post-vacay blues will do that to a week.

Anyways, I’m super pumped it’s Friday and even more excited to be linking up with Katie for her Friday Favorites as well as Clare :)

1. Colorado. Have I mentioned that I’m in love with that state yet? Yeah… didn’t think so ;)

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2. Stitch Fix! I got my bajillionth fix this week and LOVEDDDD everything in it. I wish I could have kept it all, but girlfriend’s on a budget so I only kept this top. And yes, I was too lazy to put it on this morning to snap a photo so you’re going to have to accept this hanger shot. I promise to Insta it when I wear it for the first time. I was nervous about the “see-through” pattern, but it’s actually super cute. The detailing adds a little something to the top without being crazy promiscuous because – IMHO, crop tops are not allowed above age 16.

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3. This girl (and I realize the link doesn’t work any longer because her domain expired!). I was really getting into her blog, but then she disappeared about a year ago and I missed her posts like crazy. She came back for a final post last week and although I understand and support her reasons for no longer blogging, I’m bummed she’s not around anymore.

4. Getting my behind out of bed this morning for a quick run! Chicago has had some crazy fog every morning this week which hasn’t been the biggest motivator for my morning workouts. Well, I’m up and at ’em this morning and as soon as I hit “publish”, I’m heading outside for a run. I’m also hitting up Body Pump at noon since I don’t have to work this afternoon! #boom

5. Ravinia. Have you heard of it? It’s basically a summer-long event of outdoor concerts in Chicago. You buy a ticket, pack a picnic basket full of delicious eats and wine (obviously!) and sit on a grass lawn listening to music. Kyle and I had free tickets earlier this week so we headed to the park to listen to Rufus Wainwright and Cat Power. It was freezing cold outside, but it was nice to relax and listen to music for an evening.

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What are some of your favorites from the week?

What are you up to this weekend? 5-mile “long” run tomorrow, belated birthday dinner for Kyle, hopefully meeting up with Kelly for happy hour today, spending tomorrow with Katie doing fun beach sports, and a Target run on Sunday!

Estes Park – Where we stayed & What we did!

I’ve been bombarding you with Colorado posts this week, I hope you don’t mind!

In case you missed my previous posts:

Today, I’m going to give you more detail about what we did and where we stayed in Colorado. Forewarning, it’s a long post!

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First of all, let me tell you about where we stayed in Estes Park. Have you heard of VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner)? It’s basically a website where owners of condos and houses can rent out their properties to vacationers online. We’ve stayed at a few with Kyle’s parents on vacation and my dad found an awesome cabin/house on VRBO just outside of Estes Park for us to stay in over the weekend. I highly recommend VRBO properties if you are looking for more room, comfort and flexibility on your vacation. It’s so nice to have the space of a full house and to be able to cook meals at “home” rather than be forced to buy food at restaurants for every meal.

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Anyways, I didn’t take a ton of photos of the property, but here’s the link to the cabin if you want a closer look.  Like I mentioned, it was just outside of Estes Park (5 minute drive) and Kyle and I met the owners when we first arrived (They were super nice and gave us a full tour with details about the cabin.) – I highly recommend this place if you’re heading to Estes Park in the future!

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I think Kyle would have preferred to stay in town so we could have been within walking distance of restaurants and bars and the awesome running/walking/biking path, but I really enjoyed the peace and quiet the property offered. Plus, we were way too exhausted each night to actually have a night out on the town, haha!

So, what did we do while in Estes Park?

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Before leaving for Colorado, I told my sister that I wanted to hike! I had never really hiked the mountains before (unless you count Blend) and it was on the top of my list of things to do while visiting. Thankfully, my sister and BIL live in Ft. Collins and knew exactly where to take us for a hiking adventure on Saturday.

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After breakfast on Saturday morning, we packed up the cars and hit up RMNP (Rocky Mountain National Park) for a day of hiking and outdoor adventures. It was SUPER busy because it’s tourist season so after driving up to 12,000 feet at the Alpine Visitor Center (we stopped at 5 or so lookouts along the way), we decided to go to a less popular trail – Fern Lake, for a longer hike. Us Chicagoans were thankful that this hike was relatively flat and lower in elevation – 8,500ish feet.

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Fern Lake Trail is a beautiful, 5.4 mile hike that has scenic views (including waterfalls!) along the way.

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There are also decent, sheltered places to take a bathroom break… Not that any of us girls needed one along the way ;) (As a side note, this bathroom break was cause for Kyle to buy my sister a “Go-Girl” pee funnel for future hiking/camping trips – we were all dying laughing, hahaha!)

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The hike took us about 2.5 hours round trip and the turnaround point was a gorgeous waterfall. There was so much water and it was coming down so quickly that we all got a nice mist that refreshed us for the 2nd half of the hike. The waterfall was totally worth it even though we had to do a trail run/sprint back down in order to dodge a thunder storm on the 2.7 miles back to the car! As a side note, the trail continues onto actual Fern Lake but we didn’t go that far.

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After a walk around downtown Estes Park on Sunday morning, we decided to nix our original hiking plans (Kyle wasn’t feeling it and it was his birthday after all, plus it was hotttt!) and made a day trip to Ft. Collins.

Ft. Collins is about a one-hour drive from Estes Park and totally worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s home to Colorado State as well as many microbreweries and I was surprised to see how large and vibrant their downtown area is with shopping and restaurants. (As a side note, I’m trying to convince Kyle we need to move there…)

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We stopped in a few shops around town and then walked to Odell’s Brewery for a 3pm tour. Kyle and I split a “Classic” beer flight before our tour since we had about 30 minutes to burn. Odell’s has recently expanded and has a fun outdoor patio with live music and food trucks.

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Since storms were quickly moving in, we didn’t spend a ton of time on the patio but I highly recommend enjoying a warm summer afternoon/evening there. Tasty beer, live music and food trucks – what more could you want?

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Like I mentioned Tuesday, on Monday morning, Kyle and I took advantage of the gorgeous day and ran/walked the running loop in Estes Park.

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On Sunday morning we actually cheered on the marathoners (I’m sad I missed Laura!) for a few minutes as they ran along the same path. The running/biking path loops around a small lake (I think it’s Estes Lake and the loop is just under 4 miles.) and then continues along the river to make a riverwalk through the downtown area. The path is incredibly serene, even when it passes through the busier tourist shopping areas – I could have spent every day strolling through EP and been 100% happy with my long weekend.

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And now it’s back to reality. Ugh. #booreallife

What do you like to do while on vacation? Wake up early, exercise, drink tasty cocktails, eat good food and relax with Kyle!

WIAW – Colorado Style

*Amanda let me know yesterday that my comment reply emails haven’t been sending to y’all! I checked with Katie and Katie (I know a lot of Katie’s – haha!) to confirm and I think I fixed the issue. Life has been busy lately and I haven’t been the best at replying to each and every comment, but when I do, I want y’all to know. Here’s hoping what I did fixed the issue :)*

So far I’ve shared a photo recap of my Saturday hiking trip and some of the treats I enjoyed while in Colorado and today, I’m going to share my eats!

Thanks to Jenn for the WIAW – Colorado Style link-up :)

I had SO many delicious eats (and drinks) while in Colorado, so get ready to get bombarded with tasty photos!

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Kyle and I landed in Denver bright and early Friday morning. We took advantage of the day and took a self-guided walking tour of the city. Starbucks (Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappacino – holy yum!) was needed after a 3:30am wakeup call. Before making our way to Estes Park, we stopped at The Viewhouse near Coors Park for a quick lunch – California burger + sweet potato fries for the win!

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Everyone was pretty exhausted after a day’s worth of travel on Friday night (especially Kyle since he just arrived home from Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon…), so we decided to grill up some chicken at the cabin for dinner rather than dine out. That also meant I didn’t need to put on make-up or real clothes for the evening – a plus in my book ;)

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Anytime I can be a Lulu Ninja at dinner is fine by me! ;)

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I woke up a few hours before everyone else on Saturday morning (#runnerprobs), so I brewed up some coffee and enjoyed it on the quiet front deck along with some peanut butter-banana toast for breakfast.

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Since we were hiking all day on Saturday in RMNP we packed a cooler for lunch. Peanut butter sandwiches + Monster Mix = Lunch of champions hikers! My sister and I snacked away on that tub of mix in the backseat all afternoon. Something needed to fuel us for our 12,000 ft hike ;)

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On Saturday night, we got all fancied up (after much-needed post-hike showers) and went to Twin Owls for dinner. I ordered the steak and shrimp kebabs for dinner and they were delicious! We also had a few glasses of malbec with dinner and by the end of the meal, we were all very sleepy. I am blaming 8+ hours of hiking… but it may have been the wine…

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Sunday was Kyle’s birthday! I surprised him with a big ol’ box of donuts from Donut Haus for breakfast. If you visit Estes Park, make sure you hit up Donut Haus but get there early. I arrived around 7 and there was already a line out the door!

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Instead of hiking for a second day in a row (it was hotttt!), we decided to hit up Ft. Collins for the day.

Kyle requested Mexican for his birthday lunch and who am I to deny him of his birthday wishes?! #ilovemexican

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We decided on Rio Grande for lunch and my body was craving some greens so I ordered the salad with chicken and a margarita. My sister said their margs were awesome so I had to give one a try ;)

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Next up was Odell Brewing Company! Obviously a beer or two were enjoyed here.

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For Kyle’s birthday dinner we grilled steak and potatoes and finished off the meal with chocolate cake and ice cream. I must say that he had a pretty tasty birthday if you ask me – donuts, Mexican, beer, steak and chocolate cake!

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After my oxygen-deprived run on Monday morning, we cooked up some pancakes at the cabin for an early brunch.

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Before leaving Estes Park for the airport, we strolled around town while enjoying iced coffees from Kind Coffee and had an early lunch at Poppy’s.

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I enjoyed a glass (okay, two…) of sauvignon blanc and we split a small pizza with black olives, mushrooms and red onions. We didn’t eat at very many places in Estes Park over the weekend, but Poppy’s is most definitely a winner! You have to check it out if you visit EP. It’s right on the Big Thompson River, so if you sit on the back patio (we did), you enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of the river while enjoying your meal. The service and food and drinks were great as well.

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And since I couldn’t leave the beer mecca of the United States without one last brewski, we hit up an airport bar in Denver before boarding the plane. I had the Avery Brewing IPA and it hit the spot.

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Phew! It’s amazing my pants fit after my weekend in Colorado (leggings and getting back to Advo FTW!) but I definitely enjoyed some tasty eats and drinks while visiting.

What was the best thing you ate last week? Monster Mix – fo sho! Okay and chocolate cake and Mexican and donuts…

Have you visited Estes Park? If so, where was your favorite place to eat while there? Poppy’s! Also, Chelsea recommended Kind Coffee and it did not disappoint!

#41 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Whew – This weekend was SO much fun and it went by way too quickly. Isn’t that the way it is with any vacation?

I can’t wait to share my long weekend in Colorado with y’all, but for Treat Yourself Tuesday today, I’m going to share a few highlights and then go into more detail later on this week. Mmmkay?

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

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Stunning. Beautiful. Picturesque. Anyway you choose to describe it, Colorado is absolutely gorgeous and I was happy to treat myself to amazing views over the weekend.

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An unexpected treat was a lack of cell phone service. Unless we were in downtown Estes Park or I was connected to the wi-fi at the cabin, I had zero cell phone service. At first I freaked out and went through some serious withdrawal symptoms, but then I took advantage of it. No Insta. No texts. No Facebook or Twitter. No blogging. Nada. I was completely unplugged and had to commit myself to the sights and sounds of nature. Shockingly enough, it wasn’t half bad ;) I think I may have to unplug (100%!!) more often.

Another unexpected treat was a SUPER comfortable, memory foam, king-sized bed. O to the M to the G. I don’t think I have ever slept so well in my life. Kyle and I both agreed that we will be purchasing one of these when we move to a bigger place.

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There were lots of food treats this weekend (more details coming your way tomorrow!) including this delicious California burger and sweet potato fries from our Friday exploration in Denver.

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And Monster Mix. My dad showed up with a big ol’ tub of this goodness. I couldn’t have been happier.

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And beer. I mean, when in Rome Colorado ;)

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I have always wanted a fun planking photo, so when we stopped at a lookout along our RMNP (Rocky Mountain National Park) drive, I knew I had to take advantage. Now I have a cool plank photo and am going to spam it alllllll over the internets, hehehehe! #treatyoself

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On Monday morning before our flight left for Chicago, Kyle and I went on a run (okay, I ran almost died, he walked…) and then took some time to explore the little mountain town of Estes Park. The Big Thompson River runs through the downtown area and between the sounds of the river and the views of the mountains, it’s one of my favorite places ever. Like ever ever.

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Between hiking, delicious eats, coffee, wine, spending time with family, sleeping, exercise, fresh mountain air and taking in the quietness of a mountain town, the entire weekend was one big treat. I’m so happy Kyle and I had the chance to get away and I cannot wait to share more of my trip with y’all!

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How did you treat yourself this week?

Saturday in the Mountains

Hello from Estes Park!

I don’t know about you, but I love photo recaps. A picture is worth 1,000 words, right? I plan on sharing a full recap {with words!} next week but for now, enjoya few of my photos of my Saturday hiking the Rocky Mountains.

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What were you up to yesterday? Waterfalls, hiking, elk viewing, dodging lightening storms, struggling to breathe at 12,000 feet and an ice cold IPA (or 3…) post-hike :)

Enroute to Denver!

*In case you missed it, make sure to check out my essential oils post from yesterday!*

Good {early} morning and happy Friday!

Kyle and I are heading to Denver bright and early this morning to spend a long weekend with my sister and dad. I’m pumped but am more than thankful for the new travel-sized green apple Spark this morning – 3:30am is an early wake up call!

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Kyle’s birthday is on Sunday, so we celebrated with his dad’s side of the family last night. The cupcakes from Whole Foods were delicious and Kyle got some pretty sweet gifts including a beach tent and some new bourbon glasses!

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Also, because I feel the need to discipline my child online, I just received a report from my MIL that the Mitchell Man has been barking since we left at 4am… Mitchell, you better behave for your grandparents this weekend! (<– stern mom voice ;) )

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I’ll be checking in with some gorgeous mountain photos for y’all over the weekend – I hope you have a fantastic Friday and a relaxing weekend ahead.

What are your plans for the weekend? Hiking, sleeping, breathing in fresh air and eating <– I’m easy to please :)

Young Living Essential Oils

As I mentioned on Monday, I have recently starting using (and loving!) Young Living Essential Oils.

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My beautiful friend Melanie was the one who got me hooked and honestly, most of this post comes from her (the quoted sections) since she is the essential oils expert! (Thanks Mel!) I’ve been a learning a lot very quickly about how great the Young Living Essential Oils are for your mind, body and spirit, but let’s start at the beginning.

What are essential oils (per the Young Living website): Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, owers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. These oils, also known as nature’s living energy, contain unique, therapeutic-grade constituents. 

What sets Young Living apart from other essential oil companies? Young Living offers the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils by carefully controlling the entire Seed to Seal® process—from the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle. Young Living’s dedication to quality ensures that we provide pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with the complete, optimal blend of plant chemicals to ensure maximum potency and results.

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What are oils used for? Essential oils have been used for centuries as a primary medicine source. They are a natural way to improve your health and purify the home. There is an oil for practically every ailment you can name. This isn’t to say that oils can “heal” everyone and everything, but they can aid in the healing process and for some, they are enough to heal.”

Melanie offered up some great recommendations on how to use essential oils as well: “To use them you can either inhale them straight from the bottle, diffuse them in a YL diffuser, mix them with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rub them onto your skin, and most YL oils can even be taken orally because they are therapeutic grade oils. It says on the back of each bottle how the specific oil can be used. If it doesn’t mention taking the oil internally, DON’T take it internally!”

Here is a great guide on how you can use Young Living Essential Oils in your everyday life.

How I use (or how I plan to use) my essential oils:

  • To induce a peaceful night’s sleep (lavender!)
  • To relax after a long day
  • To clean my house
  • To calm my dog (This is a great article on essential oils and pets)
  • To keep my skin looking young, fresh, moisturized, etc.
  • To scent coconut oil as a body moisturizer
  • To rid my house of bad smells

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So, how do you start? Great question! At first I was hesitant to purchase a starter kit, I didn’t really know what essential oils were or if they’d work for me. I originally purchased a diffuser and lavender oil from Melanie. However, after using it for about 3 seconds, I knew I needed more! She recommended I purchase the Premium Starter Kit and today, that is what I’m highly recommending you start with if you are the least bit interested in essential oils!

The Premium Starter Kit is $150 and comes with a diffuser, 11 different oils and a welcome packet with a few other oil samples and Young Living products. As a comparison, the diffuser and ONE bottle of lavender I purchased was about $85 – I’m telling ya, the kit is where it’s at! ;)

Are you interested? If so, you can order your kit (or any other oils/products you are interested in) here.

When ordering, you will need to copy and paste the enroller ID into the sponsor ID section as well. 

That, my friends, is a very brief introduction into the wonderful world of essential oils. As I continue to learn more, I’ll post educational information on the benefits of different oils and how they can be used.

What questions do you have about Young Living Essential Oils? I’ll do my best to answer them – If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does!

Have you used essential oils before? If so, how do you use them?

#40 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Instead of heading home right away after work last night, I beelined it straight to the nearest sports pub with a coworker to watch the World Cup. To be honest, this was the first game of the match that I had actually watched and it was a fun way to bring in the week. Plus, USA for the WIN! Wahoo!

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

The first treat of the week was LOTS of walks. Mitchell’s poor little paws are probably worn out with the amount of walking we did over the past 7 days – I don’t think he’s complaining though!

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I have also been trying to get out over lunch and fit in a short walk. It really helps to break up the workday and with views like this, who can argue?

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I treated myself to the newest flavor of Spark – Green Apple! It’s for a limited time only and I may have stocked up on a few (ahem, six…) boxes to tide me over. Yep, it’s that good!

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While we’re on the topic of food-related treats, froyo most definitely happened on Saturday after my long run. It’s seriously the only thing I crave after a long run, well, that and Mexican food! – and the sugar gave me energy to make it through the rest of my day.

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I mentioned Fabletics in a previous post and guess what, I finally received my first outfit! I will obviously always be a lulu girl, however Fabletics is a great option that is still high quality and fashion-forward but a bit easier on the ol’ wallet ;) My outfit is the Cavalier and it is most definitely going hiking with me this coming weekend!

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Speaking of lulu, remember how I treated myself a few weeks ago to a lulu purchase? My package arrived while I was away at Blend and you know I’m tired when I leave a package from lulu untouched for a good week after I’ve been home! I finally opened it and have been wearing my goodies including these pants for the past few days. I mean, they are named “Run a Marathon Crop,” so I had to get them ;)

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Walks with the pup, AdvoCare, fitness gear, froyo – what else could a girl need for a Treat Yourself Tuesday?!

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How did you treat yourself over the past week? What is your favorite brand of fitness gear? Have you ever tried Fabletics?

 

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