Swirlgear Running Top Giveaway

I am hosting a giveaway for 1 (one) Swirlgear short sleeve running top of your color choice listed below (subject to size availability). I am lucky to be an Ambassador for Swirlgear and I want to share one of the pieces from the Summer collection with you!

Here are your awesome design choices…

This one is PINK CAMO
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This one is PINK/BLACK
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This one is SUNNY YELLOW (my favorite!!)
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•Stylish and functional capped sleeve cut
•Moisture wicking technical fabric
•Reflectivity on the back for safety
•Flat stitching to eliminate any friction
•Fabric: 87% poly 13% spandex
•XS (0-2) Small (4-6) Medium (8) Large (10-12)

Contest runs from July 15-29th (midnight to midnight CST). 1 winner will be chosen at random and will be notified here on the blog post, so be sure to check back after the 29th to see if you are the winner! If you don’t win, or if you want to order something from the collection, please feel free to use code 925 for FREE SHIPPING on your order! http://www.swirlgear.com

This Swirlgear running top is being provided with my Ambassador discount.

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I Run 4 Aaron

A few weeks ago I came across an organization called I Run 4. IR4 is a group of special needs children and adults who are unable to run and are signed up to be matched with a runner who is willing to dedicate runs to the child/adult.

This was taken from the IR4 website… “The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner is proving to be a whole new level of motivation and awareness. Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types”.

I was matched with a special little boy named Aaron. He just turned 1 and has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

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I will probably never meet little Aaron, but I have already started to develop a bond with his mother and it is such an honor to run for him.

If you are interested in becoming a runner for IR4 or if you know of a child or adult with special needs who would like to have someone run for them, check out the website http://www.whoirun4.com where you will find more information about the organization as well as information on how to sign up to be matched.

Healthy Blueberry & Banana Muffins

July is national blueberry month, so here is one of my favorite recipes using the lovely blueberry.

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What you’ll need –

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter (softened)

1 tsp vanilla

2 ripe bananas

1 pint blueberries (2 cups)

2 eggs

Directions —

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Sift 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and put into a large mixing bowl. Make a well with the dry mixture.

Cut 2 ripe bananas into chunks and puree in blender. Add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup soft brown sugar, 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla & blend again.

Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and stir well.

Gently fold in 1 pint blueberries.

Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins. Bake 25 minutes until risen. Cool in tin for 10 min, then cool on wire rack.

Yield, approx. 14 muffins

Stars & Stripes Forever 5K race recap – July 4, 2013

On the morning of July 4, I raced in my very first 5K in Oklahoma City — Stars & Stripes Forever 5K. I wasn’t sure what to expect since this was my first race, so I did have a little anxiety on the way there and didn’t sleep much at all the night before.

My husband and kids came with me to cheer me on.

We arrived about 50 min before race time and I got my packet information quickly. I put my bib on, put my timing chip on my shoe and started drinking my pre-workout drink and before I knew it, it was time to head over to the starting line.

There were about 300 or so people registered for the race. The gun went off and I started running. I ran the first 3/4 mile without stopping and maintained a nice pace, then I began doing run/walk intervals.

Here is one of my race pictures.

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The course was nice and flat and luckily the weather was very nice that morning. According to Garmin, it was about 68 degrees at race time. There was a nice, cool breeze on the last half of the course.

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While I was racing, my husband was able to keep the kids entertained at a park right by the finish line.

I finished the race in 40:53, with a pace of 12:58. Garmin showed 3.15 miles.

I had a great time at my first 5K. I will definitely do this race again next year.

“Running isn’t…

“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys… It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead.

It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel.

And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”

-Paul Maurer

FrogFuel Tasting Pack Giveaway

I have been given the opportunity to provide you with a chance to win a FrogFuel Tasting Pack!!

Everyone is looking to step up their fitness but finding the perfect protein supplement in the clutter can be tough! FrogFuel is an advanced formulation protein that WILL take your workouts to the next level!

What you will win —
– 3 FrogFuel 1oz Protein Shots
– 1 Elite Status FrogFuel Sticker

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Why use FrogFuel?

1. It’s hydrolyzed. Faster absorption means better performance and quicker recovery!

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5. You can toss it in your go bag.

Unlike many other companies, the founders and owners of Frog Performance and their peers not only use their own products but also live and breathe the lifestyle they preach! You’ve got one body so treat it right and enjoy life. Performing like a lean, mean, green machine!

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How to win — 3 total entries possible per person
Comment below with your answers (optional email address and/or Twitter handle so I can contact the winner if needed) and be sure to check back on July 13 to see if you have won!

Post your results from the What is Your Fuel Level? QUIZ. (This is worth 1 entry)
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Good Luck!!

Race Calendar 2013

July 4, 2013 – Stars & Stripes Forever 5K – OKC, OK — COMPLETED

August 10, 2013 – Dirty 30 mud race – Tulsa, OK

September 22, 2013 – Hot Mamas Run 5K – Edmond, OK

October 5, 2013 – Happy Haunted 5K trail run  – Walt Disney World

October 5, 2013 – Tower of Terror 10 miler – Walt Disney World

October 19, 2013 – Dirty 30 Zombie edition mud race – Luther, OK

October 27 – Ghost Runners 5K – OKC, OK

November 28 – Turkey Trot 5K – OKC, OK

December 8, 2013 – MetroPCS Dallas half marathon – Dallas, TX

Unfried Chicken (recipe from dinner & Disney movie night “Bug’s Life”

Fried chicken is the ultimate picnic food in the South, but unfortunately it is not very healthy. Here is an unfried version that will give you that crunch without having to fry the chicken in all that oil.

Ingredients

chicken breast (1 per person)
2 cups Cornflakes cereal
1/4 cup flour
2 egg whites, beaten
3/4 tsp Cajun seasoning (optional)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Coarsely grind Cornflakes in food processor
3. Put Cornflakes in shallow dish
4. Place flour in a separate dish (if you are using Cajun seasoning, blend this with flour)
5. Place egg in 3rd dish
6. Place chicken breast in flour, then egg, then Cornflakes
7- Cook in pre-heated oven approx. 30 min or until cooked through

Punch Bowl Cake (Recipe from Bug’s Life dinner & Disney movie night)

Punch bowl cake is one of those desserts that you can really do whatever you like with it and it will probably taste ok in the end.

Here is the recipe I used for our dinner & Disney movie night for “A Bug’s Life”

1 box yellow cake mix (or you can use angel food cake)

4 medium bananas

1 can crushed pineapple

1 tub of cool whip (I use fat free)

sliced strawberries

1 box vanilla pudding

Milk & egg as needed for cake and pudding per directions

 

Prepare your cake mix as directed on package. Allow time to cool. Crumble.

Prepare pudding mix as directed.

In a punch bowl or other large bowl, layer cake crumbles, pudding, fruit, cool whip.

Repeat layers.

Top with remaining cool whip.

Chill in refrigerator.

I personally think this recipe tastes even better once all the layers have really had a chance to “mesh” with each other overnight.

A Bug’s Life – Dinner & Disney Movie Night

I thought with it being summer time, the first dinner & Disney movie night I would share with you should be Summer related, so we will start with A Bug’s Life.

If you are unfamiliar with this movie, a brief summary taken from IMDb website — Every year, a bunch of grasshoppers come to the anthill and eat what the ants have gathered for them. The “offering”, as the ants call the ritual, is a part of their fate. One day in spring, when the offering’s preparation has just been finished, Flik, unliked inventor ant, accidentally drops the whole offered seeds into the river. The grasshoppers come and give the ants a second chance to collect food until fall. Flik sets off to find bugs that are willing to fight the grasshoppers (nobody expects him to succeed anyway) and, due to a double misinterpretation, returns with a circus crew, giving everybody new hope. When the misunderstanding finally gets cleared out, there is only little time left for a new plan, which has to work, or else.

Our menu for this movie night —
Oven “fried” chicken
Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Punch Bowl Cake
Gummy Bugs (we snacked on these while watching the movie)
Iced Tea or Lemonade

I was going with a picnic/BBQ type of theme. We also had red and white checkered plates that I found at a local party supply store to round out the theme.

** Recipes for oven “fried” chicken & punch bowl cake can be found in the recipe section under “dinner & Disney movie night recipes **

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Have you ever done a themed dinner night? If so, what was your theme and what did you do?

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