#6 Treat Yourself Tuesday {TYT}

Wow, how is it already Tuesday again??! I’m okay with it though, because we all know today is Treat Yourself Tuesday!

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Again, a BIG thank you to everyone that participated in Treat Yourself Tuesday last week. I loved reading all of the ways you treated yourself and can’t wait to see what this week has to offer!

If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a firm 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 :)

So I don’t have any shopping for y’all this week (well, I do have one little thing to share…) however, I do have some fun travel adventures that are definitely TYT worthy!

After arriving in LA, making my way to Long Beach and enjoying a 4-mile run along the beach, I had a few hours to kill before Kyle arrived from Moscow. Luckily, I never have issues entertaining myself in a new city ;)

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The first stop was lunch. After only having a granola bar for breakfast and going on a run, I was starving! I quickly showered and made my way across the street to Utopia, a restaurant that was ranked highly on Trip Advisor. It did not disappoint!

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The atmosphere was quaint and relaxing and I treated myself to a kale salad topped with beets, dried cranberries and goat cheese. Oh, and I can’t forget the wine. I treat myself to a glass (okay, two…) of a delicious Sauvignon Blanc :) Sadly, I don’t know what winery it was from… I told the bartender what kind of wine I liked and he poured me the perfect glass!

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After lunch, I wandered around Long Beach a bit more, trying to find things that might be fun for us throughout the weekend. I was surprised at how many restaurants are in downtown Long Beach!

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In addition to treating myself to lunch and wine, my other TYT moment this past week involved buying a new headband at the Long Beach Marathon Expo. There were TONS of headband booths at the Expo but I fell in love with the headbands by Living One Love. They’re wide, can be scrunched to make them fit how you like and they machine washable!


I didn’t wear it during the race on Sunday – I like to test products out before racing with them – but can’t wait to try it out during a Body Pump or Kickboxing class this week.

Obviously, there were lots of other treats throughout my weekend in California and I’ll share those with you in a future post!

What did you do to treat yourself this week? Did you have a shopping extravaganza? 

Long Beach Marathon – We’re Alive!

Helllooooooooooo!!! <– I’m quite delirious from dehydration at the moment so please excuse the incoherence of this post.


I just wanted to check in with you beauties and let you know that Kyle and I survived our half-marathon! Woohoo! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed that I didn’t do the full as I had originally planned but there’ll be more marathons in the future.

I’ll provide a full update later this week but overall, I think I did pretty darn good for not training since moving to Chicago almost two months ago and having my last “long” run with Katie a month ago at HLS!

THANK YOU to everyone who tweeted and texted during the race, especially to Carly for sending me a photo of wine around Mile 6! I loved looking down at my phone and seeing words of encouragement. Trust me, when you hit a wall at Mile 11, anything and everything helps :)


Oh, and the best part of the race? Finding these in my finisher’s goodie bag. Hells yes.

Now, I’m off to eat my body weight in nachos and steak (gotta refill my iron stores!) and guacamole and enjoy a beer or five… This girl is hungry!

Did you race today? Are you enjoying a Sunday Funday? If so, have a drink for me!

California, here I come!

{Editor’s note: Apparently my United flight (on a brand new plane too for your information…grumble, grumble…) did not have Wi-Fi. Lame. I did actually compose this post on the plane but am posting it from the hotel…}


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I’m just popping in from a bajillion feet above the ground on my way to California. And… the guy in front of me just reclined seat… This 4 hours of blogging shall be fun.

Anyways, is anyone else pumped that it’s Friday??! It’s been a long week as I’ve been semi- sick with a sore throat, body aches and a slight fever and Kyle has been traveling in Russia. I’m sure we’re going to be crazy fun party animals tonight and go to bed around 7pm so that we can be refreshed and ready to go on Saturday!

I’ve had a bunch of you ask me why I’m heading to the state of sunshine and happiness today.

This was the weekend of the marathon and I’m still TBD on what I’m going to do on Sunday. Kyle’s registered for the half so my options are currently…

  1. Run the marathon – NOT happening considering that I haven’t been training and it was highly recommended that I do not run 26.2 miles by my dermatologist. Darn iron issues…
  2. Run the half-marathon with my lover boy – A possibility. I doubt Kyle will be running quickly after traveling so much this past week (and not training that much himself…) and it could be a fun bonding experience. And by fun, I’m sure we’ll have so much fun, we’ll never run another one again ;)
  3. Run the 5K that I just found out is happening on Sunday morning.
  4. Be a cheerleader for the hubs.

I’ll make sure to let you know what I’m doing and Tweet/Facebook my race tracking number in case any of y’all want to follow along!

Well, that’s all for now – Signing out somewhere above the state of Iowa!

What are your plans for the weekend? Anyone else racing?

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