November Ultimate Coffee Date

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Wow it’s already time for the November Ultimate Coffee Date! Hope you’ve all recovered from last night’s festivities or if you haven’t, it’s the perfect time to pour a cup a coffee and sit down with friends.

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I’m linking up again with Jill, Lynda and Nikki to catch up and meet some new friends. The Coffee Date post is always one of my favorites to write and read. We have lots to catch up on today so grab a chair and a cup of your favorite coffee and let’s chat.

If we were having coffee I would tell you… that my coffee maker spontaneously broke a few weeks ago so I was forced to go out and buy the new Keurig 2.0. Wait-it gets better…it makes a carafe of coffee! Yes I love it.

Virtual coffee date

If we were having coffee I would tell you...I can’t believe that we are halfway through the fall season of Girls on The Run and our 5k race is coming up in 3 weeks. I am coaching the 6th graders this year with the new middle school program and they really seem to enjoy the more mature curriculum. They are still young enough to not be totally sassy yet.

If we were having coffee I would tell you…I am doing the Run For the Parks 10k tomorrow. It is apparently very fast & flat and benefits the National Parks in DC. Bonus we will be getting a cute little fleece half zip. However, it’s supposed to be very chilly and windy.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you…My husband has to go to LA next weekend and this time I get to go too! I’m really excited. I haven’t been to LA in years and we could really use a little time away to ourselves. When I travel I love to go check out cool workout classes in other cities. I’m thinking of hitting the Soul Cycle next Friday morning. Anyone have any other ideas for cool classes in LA.?  I always think Californians have all the cool stuff way before we do.

If we were having coffee I would tell you...I just love Thanksgiving! Even though I am a vegetarian and I don’t eat most of the food that day, I love it! I love that Thanksgiving is not about gifts or religion. I love that Thanksgiving is all about family and appreciating all that we have. We are hosting at our house again this year and thanks to Pinterest, I intend to really rock the table decor this year. Look for lots of veggie Thanksgiving ideas the next few Meatless Mondays.

If we were having coffee I would tell you…I’m not big on Black Friday shopping. I never really think the deals are so great and the crowds just drive me crazy. I like the idea of Thanksgiving being separate from the December holidays.

I’ve been chatting away forever now if your turn.

If we were having coffee…What would you tell me?

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? How early is too early to Holiday Shop?

 

A “Smarties” List Of Halloween “Lifesavers”

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I’ve got a fun sized list of tips for the Friday Five Halloween theme today. Good Humor me and check them out. They might just give you a Snicker. Then check out the posts from the 3 Muskateers our hosts Mar, Cynthia & Courtney

 

1. Eat-Don’t skip meals on Halloween. Going into the night hungry only leads to a meltdown besides, no one likes to be around a sour patch.

2. Get it done-Plan to get those Tootsies moving early Friday and get that workout out done in time for Trick or Treating.

3. Get rid of it-Donate left over loot to Operation Gratitude or to your local food pantry/shelter. You’ll Skor some major points with that move.

4. Plan a weekend with Mounds of activity. There are lots of Halloween themed races and Pumpkin patches to explore.

5. Relax-It’s only one day! A few extra M&M’s won’t keep you from looking like a Hot Tamale tomorrow.

Happy Halloween ~Hugs & Kisses

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What are you & your little Runts up to tonight??

Trick or Treat Halloween Workout For The Whole Family

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If you are anything like me, those cute little mini Halloween candies start calling your name as soon as they hit the shelves. What’s a girl to do?  I’ve come up with a Halloween workout to help keep you moving while enjoying the fun of the weekend.

Here’s how it works~ Whether you are staying at home answering the door or out trick or treating with kids, you can perform this fun workout to “trick” yourself to keep up your activity and enjoy those “treats”.  See the costume on the list and perform the corresponding exercise. Simple enough for the whole family to do. At any rate, it will give the neighbors something to talk about!!

Halloween Trick or Treat Workout

My other “tricks” to survive Halloween:

-Don’t buy candy until the day of Halloween. Out of sight out of mind. They will not run out of candy at the store.

-Buy candy that you don’t like (less temptation)

-Donate all your left over candy to the troops or a shelter

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What’s your plan to stay active this Halloween? Have any “tricks” of your own to share?

Run Gear I’m loving this week-Fitletic hydration belt

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I recently purchased a new hydration belt, the Fitletic 16 oz, so when I saw that Erika, Patty & April were talking favorite running gear this week for their Tuesdays on The Run link up I thought it was the perfect time to review it.

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The previous belt I had used a velcro closure at the waist and after a few months of wear the velcro started to be less reliable. A few weeks ago during a race it just fell off of my waist and I had to go double back through a throng of runners to retrieve it. Not good at all. I also felt like it bounced around a bit as well. Time for a new one!!

At the Army Ten Miler expo, I wandered around looking at options and finally settled on the Fitletic and here’s why:

Product description-

• Exclusive Dura-Comfort Technology and ergonomic design contours to your body to ELIMINATE BOUNCE
• Silicone Grippers to eliminate bounce
• Water Resistant Neoprene Pocket for phone and essentials
• Fits Most Phones, including iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4
• Interior Pocket to secure ID /Cash
• Two Quick-Draw Bottle Holsters with Two 8 oz (250 ml) Flasks w/ Quick-Flow Race Caps- BPA Free / Dishwater Safe
• Ultra Soft Dual-Adjust Waistbelt
• Two Exterior Energy Gel Loops for On-the-Fly Access
• High Visibility Reflectors
• Race Bib Toggles
TWO sizes: Small/Med (24in to 36in). Large (29in to 42in). source fitletic.com
The real scoop:
-This belt really doesn’t bounce. The silicone gripping system does cling to my waist quite nicely and this belt really stays in place throughout my run.
-The pocket fits both my Iphone and my key chain with room to spare. I have not tested out the water resistant claim.
-The interior Id/cash pocket is a great size.
-The 2 8 oz bottles are different than any I’ve had before. I can gently squeeze them to release the water w/o opening a pull top. They have not leaked at all. They held up well in the dishwasher.
-The belt is a very soft neoprene , nylon, spandex blend.
-The 2 loops hold gels or chews in place.
-I have not used the race belt option yet.
-The belt locks on without velcro and remains very secure.
-Sells for approx $43
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This is by far the best hydration belt I’ve ever used. I have no cons to report thus far. I have ordered the phone pouch add on to give me more options for storage during longer runs. I purchased this belt myself and was not given any compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. I will be adding this to my Holiday Must Have List coming soon.
Check out all the other great posts on Tuesdays on The Run link up
What running gear are you loving this week?

Smokey & Spicy Butternut Squash Soup w Chipotle drizzle

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Happy Meatless Monday! One thing I love about fall is a nice big bowl of soup on a chilly night. I’ve taken the traditional Butternut Squash soup and kicked it up a notch with the addition of chipotle peppers to give it a smokey, spicy goodness. Even better, I’ve added silky tofu to bump up the protein. Makes a great one dish meal with plenty leftover for lunch the next day. Please join Tina Muir and I & check out all of the great recipes in our link up below.

Smokey Butternut Squash Soup

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Smokey Butternut Squash Soup w Chipotle drizzle
 
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A smokey spicy twist on the traditional Butternut squash soup
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Recipe type: soup
Ingredients
  • For soup:
  • 20 ounces of Butternut Squash cubed (can buy pre packaged)
  • 3 celery stalks-chopped
  • 1 onion-chopped
  • 1 carrot-chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 package silky tofu
  • 32 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 can of Chipotle in Adobo sauce (2 minced for soup and 1 minced for cream)
  • For Cream:
  • 1 chipotle minced
  • 2 oz Greek Yogurt
Instructions
  1. Soup:
  2. In a large stockpot add: onion, celery, garlic and carrot and saute w olive oil for 5 min
  3. Add squash, veg broth and 2 chipotle peppers, paprika, salt & pepper to taste
  4. Bring to a boil then simmer for at least one hour until squash is soft-add tofu
  5. Puree all ingredients either with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender
  6. Return to pot and add more paprika or salt if desired
  7. Chipotle Cream:
  8. puree 1 chipotle pepper and 2 oz Greek yogurt until smooth
  9. put a dollop on top of each bowl before serving

What’s your favorite Soup? Any suggestions for future Meatless Monday?

5 Reasons to love a Relay Race

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I participated in 2 Relay Race events recently, The DC Ragnar race and a Sprint Triathlon Relay. I loved them both for many of the same reasons. Here are my top 5

1. Get a taste of a Tri-If you are thinking about doing a Tri race and not sure about how all of the logistics work, “tri”ing one as part of a relay team is a great way to see how it all works. You have the opportunity to watch the swimmers and bikers come in and get an idea of how everything flows. Bonus: you only have to train for one of the legs.

Reston Sprint Relay Tri

2. Cute Matching Team Outfits- Yes that’s so important!  We literally spent hours planning these.

Moms Do It All Night Long DC Ragnar

3.  Team Motivation-You know you are out there as part of team. You are not competing for only yourself.  When you start to feel tired or discouraged, you remember that you are part of a team that needs you to do your part. This was incredibly important to me at both races. During my team tri, my chain fell off my bike and I had to pull over to fix it. I had a “I’m not going to lose this for our team” moment and just fixed it. Had I been on my own, I may have gotten very discouraged.

4.  Opportunity to Excel- I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually (ok ever) get called up to the podium for an award of any kind. However, our team crushed the tri race and we came in 2nd place in our division. Such an amazing moment made so much better because it was shared with friend.

Reston Relay Tri

5. Built in Cheer Leaders-During Ragnar, running at crazy hours in crazy places, your team members drive by you on each of your runs cheering, honking & shaking their cow bells. In fact, the other teams will also cheer you on in the same way. You are constantly receiving support and encouragement in a way that doesn’t happen when you run a traditional race.

Bonus reason: Your team mates become even better friends :)

I’m linking up today with the amazing DC Trifecta: Courtney, Mar & Cynthia so please stop by and check out all of the other Friday Five posts today.

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Ever done a Relay Race? Did I miss any reasons to love them?

Rock n Roll DC Kickoff-Win an entry to the March Race

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As the DC “Ambassador of Rock” I get to throw some pretty “Rock”ing parties!

It’s time to start thinking about those Spring races again! Rock n Roll Marathon/Half/5k is coming back to DC on March 14th and you want to be there. If you live in the DC area, The Fall Kickoff Party is taking place Thursday night as part of the Road Runner Sports Adventure Run. Its free! It’s fun! There is free beer and free pizza! We are raffling off an entry into the DC Race!

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Don’t live in DC but would still love to win an entry?? No problem just enter below for your chance to win. Entry is valid for the DC Rock n Roll race location only on March 14, 2015. Winner may choose either the  Full, Half or 5k option. May not be used for any other race.

Can’t make the event? Use this code to register for $15 off:DCFALLRUN15 (good through 11/1)

 

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Have you ever done a Rock N Roll Race? Want to come to DC and run with me?

Let Blow Dry Taxi come to you

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Ok Washington area ladies, I’ve got a fun new business to tell you about:

Blow Dry Taxi review

Have a big party to go to? Work event? Date night? We’re busy-we don’t always have time to go the salon to get our hair done. I don’t know about you but my hair always looks better when someone else blow dries it for me. I would probably get it done more often but seriously who has time for that? Enter Blow Dry Taxi a new business that sends the stylist right to your home or office and in about 30 minutes your done and your hair looks fabulous.

Blow Dry Taxi was established in June of 2014 and the owner, Sona, has a staff of 12 stylists on a rotating schedule. You can get a standard blow dry for $50 or a more elaborate up do for $85. Stylists work from 7 am to 9 pm.

I had an early Saturday event on my schedule so I decided to put the blow dry to the test. I scheduled my blow out for late Friday evening. I planned to sleep on it, wake up Saturday morning and not have to worry about doing my hair before the event. Would the blow out be able to last? I put it through the test. My daughter wanted to join the fun as well. Take a look at how it went.

We were instructed to wash our hair and have it wet and ready for the stylist. They arrived 5 minutes before our scheduled appointment. Our stylist, Can, listened to our preferences and began his work. He was able to dry and style both of us in under an hour. Blow Dry Taxi brings all the styling products with them and uses The Kerastase line.

Friday night blow dry

Friday night blow dry

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Friday Night blow dry

Friday Night blow dry

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I loved how the layers looked in the back of my hair. I then slept on it and woke up Saturday morning did a quick finger comb, added a little hair spray and I was ready to go to my event. No stress!

Hair still holding up

Hair still holding up

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My little niece tried Blow Dry Taxi a few weeks later and loved it too.

Blow Dry Taxi

Why pay a babysitter so you can go to the salon? Have the salon come to you! You can schedule online or with their App free on Itunes.

I’m thinking this would also make a great birthday party or girls night out. Sign up on their website for 10% off your first service. If you live in the Washington area suburbs, you have to try this!

Blow Dry Taxi App

What do think? Something you would use? Ever been to a Blow Dry bar?

(Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary blow dry in exchange for this review however, all opinions are my own and I will be using them again.)

Pumpkin Kale Lasagna

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Meatless Monday! Link up with me and Tina Muir to share your Vegetarian recipe with us. Add your link below.

People do seem to be going a little “Pumpkin Crazy” these days however most of the recipes and pictures I see are for pies, breads and lattes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin bread too but let’s not forget that pumpkin is a vegetable in the squash family with a ton of health benefits.

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source goodfoodeating.com

I’ve kicked up the health benefits even more by combining Kale & Pumpkin into a yummy lasagna. Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin & Kale lasagna  Pumpkin & Kale lasagna


Pumpkin Kale Lasagna
 
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A healthy kick to an old classic. Kale & Pumpkin lasagna-Meatless Monday-vegtetarian
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg whole wheat no cook lasagna noodles (or pasta sub of your choice)
  • 4 c Kale (washed & cut from stem)
  • 2 C your favorite tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 12 oz part skim ricotta
  • 2 C low fat mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp all spice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pepper & salt to taste
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Saute kale in a small amount of olive oil until soft (approx 5 min)
  3. In a small bowl combine: ricotta, pumpkin, spices, egg and ½ C of the mozzarella-set aside
  4. spray casserole dish with cooking spray
  5. pour a small amount of tomato sauce into pan to coat
  6. layer noodles, cheese mixture and sauce repeating as you would a traditional lasagna
  7. top layer is sauce and the remainder of the mozzarella cheese
  8. cover with foil and bake 40 min
  9. uncover and bake an additional 20 min or until brown and bubbly
  10. let sit 5 min, cut to serve and enjoy!

What are you favorite pumpkin recipes?

What to do with all those Race T-shirts?-Project Repat

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You signed up, you trained, you ran and you got the Race T-shirt. Repeat a couple dozen times and you may have something that looks like this:

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Where to store all of this? Are you really going to wear these shirts? All of my shirts have memories tied to them and I was reluctant to just give them away. First half, first tri, first relay etc. What’s a runner to do? Enter Project Repat

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Preserve your race memories by turning your well earned shirts into a quilt that lasts forever. The process is simple and fast. Simply select your shirts, pick a size and send them off to Project Repat. There is very little prep involved. If your shirt only has writing on one side, no need to cut it at all. If your shirt has logos or writing on both sides, simple cut in half and only send the side you wish you use. Project Repat will size your shirts to fit your desired size quilt. Quilt sizes range from lap size to king size.

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Use this guide to determine how many shirts or shirt sides are needed for your design.

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You will have a choice of the fleece color on the back. (Magenta, black, navy, gray, lt blue or red) I chose magenta. I sent my precious tees in and excitedly waited for my quilt to arrive. The website says your quilt will arrive within 2-3 weeks. I received mine just over a week later and tada!

Project Repat quilt

I received my full sized quilt free of charge in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own. As you can see I am beyond thrilled with my quilt. I love the super soft fleece on the back. The quilt is very well made and I plan to be snuggling up with it for years to come.

Project Repat quilt review

The prices for the quilts range from $59 for the lap size to $239 for the King size. My readers can use code “MotherRunner” for 15%.

The possibilities are endless here really. Create a quilt with your Alma Mater gear, your kids old t shirts or your favorite sports teams. This makes a great holiday gift for any runner or athlete. Attention spouses: Gift cards are also available so you don’t have to decide which shirts to steal from your runner. Now how to keep mine away from the rest of the family?

Preserve those t shirts forever and stay warm-it’s a win win!!

What are you doing with all of your Race T-Shirts?