Confession…Ok I admit it-I am seriously high maintenance about my hair. I religiously schedule my hair appointments every 7 weeks and even have taken a few selfies with my hair guy. LOl.
I’ve always felt that my hair was an extension of my personality. Having a “good hair day” can have just as much of an impact as a “bad hair day” –am I right? So obviously taking care of my hair in the Summer months is essential. Here are a few of my Summer Hair Care tips.
1. Chlorine Care- I love to swim but do not love chlorine in my hair. Before jumping into the pool, I wet my hair with clean water and then comb in a thick conditioner before donning my swim cap. It won’t keep all the water out but will protect it from absorbing as much.
2. Sunscreen-We pay lots of attention to putting sunscreen on our bodies but often neglect our hair. The sun can do lots of damage to our scalp and hair especially if it’s colored. Yup not my real hair color! You can easily spray sunscreen into your hands and then run your fingers through your hair.
3. Lay off the heat-The extra heat from hair dryers and flat irons can really do a number of summer hair. If you can let it dry naturally a few times a week, your hair will thank you.
4. Loosen Up- Take care when putting your hair into elastic bands for your workouts. Yanking them out can break hair strands. Instead gently remove to protect your strands.
5. Choose wisely-There are lots of hair products out there and it’s important to read the labels to avoid extra chemicals. Many shampoos and conditioners have added vitamins and minerals to strengthen hair at the roots. Good hair products don’t have to be ridiculously expensive.
Which brings me to my Summer Hair Care Giveaway!
Puritan’s Pride generously sent me this basket of Hair Care Essentials. I’ve tested them all out and I will be sharing them all with you.
Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner-This blend just oozes summer. The coconut smell is divine and it left my hair smelling like the beach and feeling clean.
Biotin Shampoo & Conditioner – With a clean fresh scent this shampoo & conditioner with added Vitamin E, Panthenol & Lecithin left my hair feeling silky and smooth. Using them on colored hair was not a problem.
Moroccan Argan Oil– With essential fatty acids and vitamin E a drop of this oil added to the ends of hair conditions without causing greasiness. A put a small amount in my hands at gently brush through my hair to give it a little shine and calm the fly away strands. Can also be used on your skin.
Coconut Oil- Amazing smelling moisturizer for skin and hair. I love to use it on my elbows.
Biotin- Known for promoting skin, hair and nail health & growth. I have not personally tried these. I think if my hair grew any faster I’d have to shave my legs 2x a day!
Puritan’s Pride has generously offered to award one of my readers with their own gift basket full of Summer Hair Care Essentials.
to bring you a Summer Series featuring hair care this month, skin care in June & all things summer in July. You will want to hop over to their blogs as well so you don’t miss a thing! #SummerSeries #HairCare #PuritansPride
(Disclosure: I was provided with samples from Puritan’s Pride in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own)
What Hair Care Tips do you have? High or Low Maintenance Hair?
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Linking up w Nicole
This past weekend my Girls on Track team (the Middle school program for Girls on The Run) had their end of season 5k race. It’s always such an emotional and rewarding experience for me to see the girls achieve their goals on race day. The race is a celebration of what we’ve learned and achieved together the last 2 months during our bi-weekly practices.
This season was my 3rd volunteering to coach at my kids old Elementary School. While running with all of the Northern Virginia participants last Sunday, I started to think about why I enjoy coaching them so much. I’d like to share some of those thoughts with you all.
Remember how hard it was to be a pre-teen girl? Remember how insecure and unsure you felt about getting ready to enter middle and high school? Remember the peer pressure you might have felt to look a certain way or be part of a particular group? Remember how hard it might have been to stand up for yourself at times? Well I believe it’s even harder to grow up now. With social media, selfies and snapchats the pressure can be so great and the uncertainties so immense.
I can remember navigating so much of this myself in Middle and High school and for sure not always making the smartest decision for me or always staying true to my values. In addition, having watched my own daughter steer her way through the turbulent adolescent years, made me appreciate even more the struggles today’s young women might face. We, like most moms & teens, had our own turbulent years and I am proud say she has grown into a beautiful, secure, smart young adult. Enter Girls on The Run.
My daughter participated in the GOTR program over ten years ago (before I even had any interest in running at all!). I’d like to think this experience helped to mold her into the terrific young woman she has become. We had the amazing opportunity to co-coach GOTR together last season. It was an incredible opportunity for us to have together and she brought a perspective that the girls really appreciated.
Girls on The Run is so much more than a running program. Each week has a “lesson” plan and activities geared around the weekly theme. The activities are active in nature and end with the girls running at the end of each practice. We talk about friendships, team building, pressures, and stresses to name a few.
Today’s young women have so many more decisions to make and if I can help to provide them with some of the skills they can use to make those decisions a little easier, then our time together has been a success. Girls on Track aims to give them “tools” to use and the confidence to stand up for what they believe in.
This season we’ve talked about:
-Making healthy choices around sleep, food and fitness
-Managing stress (from school, sports, friends, family)
-Exploring media messages about body types vs reality
–Friendships and Team Building
-Dealing with disappointment
-Supporting your team mates and working towards a common goal
I, along with my friend & Co-Coach Cynthia, have shared our own experiences and hopefully modeled some of the above behavior to our team of 11 girls. While our short time together certainly won’t change their lives or replace the importance of a loving, supportive home life; I hope that we have provided them with some of the skills to fill their “Tool Box”. As they navigate the next few years, it is my hope that they use some of those skills to make choices that they are proud of and remember that we are so much stronger when we build each other up rather than tear each other down.
As a Moms Run This Town Chapter Leader, it is also my hope that I am inspiring them to be the next generation of mother runners. This season celebrates 50k Girls on The Run participants. Quite amazing! I didn’t realize how much emotion I had tied up in this season until I sat down to write this today. As I head out to our last practice today, it makes me a little sad to say goodbye to them and very proud to know they will be going with to middle school with lots of “tools” in their arsenal.
What one piece of advice would you give to the girls on my team?
linking up w AnneMarie, Diatta & Shiela
You all know I love to cook and I am always looking for new products to try out for my many Meatless Monday recipes. I try to find new ways to add texture and creaminess to my healthy creations without adding too much fat or processed stuff.
It’s an all new, dairy cream that is similar to a “British style double cream”. It is gluten free, kosher has no artificial ingredients, sugar, salt or carbs. It’s thicker, spoonable texture makes it much richer and very versatile for cooking.
I am already dreaming up so many ways to swirl this yumminess into my recipes!
I haven’t tried it yet however it’s described as having the thickness of sour cream or creme fraiche but the taste of fresh cream.
The single cream is less thick because it is half the fat and can also be used as a coffee creamer. Hello! You all know how much I love my coffee.
The Single Cream has 21% milk fat and the Double Cream 42% milk fat (half the fat of butter).
The Brooklyn Creamery creams are not ultra pasturized the way typical heavy creams are which gives it a thicker, richer taste.
What can you do with it?
Single Cream uses:
-Flavor coffee creamer (happiness)
-Add to eggs & omelets
-Use in sauces, soups & chowders to add flavor and thickness
Double Cream uses:
-Flavor Spreads for bread
-Dollop onto mousse, pies and fruits
The possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to get my hands on this and experiment. BK Creamery is doing in store demos at Giant Food & Stop n Shop over the next few weeks across the country. I will be attending one this weekend to check it out in person. See their website for further info on where to purchase and feel free to use this coupon as well.
(This post was sponsored by Sverve on behalf of BK Creamery-all opinions are my own)
What would you make with BK Single or Double Cream?
As I’ve mentioned a couple hundred times, I love Skirt Sports! I have to thank them again for hooking up our Ragnar team with these great capri pants. We got tons of compliments on them all weekend long.
So when I was asked to write about their new campaign, #RealWomenMove, I jumped at the chance. While looking at the picture of our team, you can see we are so different. We are different ages, heights, sizes, paces, nationalities yet we all joined together as a team to accomplish a shared goal. But none of that matters. We are a group of women: moms, friends, wives, sisters, teachers, lawyers, engineers, counselors, librarians, stay at home moms and more.
We work hard to achieve our goals. Sometimes we accomplish them and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we are disappointed and sometimes elated. Most of the time we are amazing moms, wives and friends but occasionally we are not.
We support each other in our fitness endeavors and enjoy running together. We strive to set good examples for our kids on how to live active healthy lives.
We are Real Women
I love all that this campaign stands for. In my role as Chapter Leader for our Moms Run This Town group, it has always been my goal to make all women feel comfortable on our runs. We’ve always been a place where women of all fitness levels and abilities can come together and feel supported and encouraged where they can be Real. That is what Skirt Sports is all about. A place where all women can come together and feel accepted and secure.
Now onto my Skirt Sports Giveaway! The 13er virtual run on June 14th.
Each June Skirt Sports hosts a virtual 13er run in addition to the actual race near Boulder, CO. What’s so great about the virtual race is that you can run it anytime that weekend. You can run all 13 miles at once or split it up and run it over the course of a few days. It’s your race-you decide.
I am giving away 1 basic entry into the 13er Virtual which includes: The finisher skirt, a $50 Skirt Sports Gift Certificate and some other race swag. Race Swag doesn’t get much better than that!
So who wants to run with me (Virtually) on June 14th? Join me in celebrating #RealWomenMove
linking up Diatta & Shiela & AnneMarie
(Can’t wait to see if you’ve won the raffle? Register to run and use my 20% code for the race. SSCMR20)
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Wow what a weekend! I have no idea how to start writing this so that I can capture all of the excitement and amazingness of the weekend. It all seems like a blur. It’s a little long-So here goes….
Our team, Moms Do It All Night Long, headed to Boston last Thursday to take on our 2nd Ragnar Relay race. We did our first race in DC last September. Obviously, there are lots of logistics to work out for 12 moms to pack up and leave their kiddos for 3 days! We managed to figure that all out and head out for our Mother’s Day Weekend Adventure.
Okay so we don’t get out much! We had a fun night out to dinner in Boston’s Little Italy and stuffed our faces with yummy pasta.
Then it was off to decorate our vans…
It is tradition to decorate your vans with your team members names and pictures as well as funny sayings. Every time a runner completed a leg of their run, they checked off their run next to their name. It’s also a tradition to slap a magnet on every van that you pass. Lots of runners keep track of their “kills” (how many runners you pass on your actual run). All of these traditions make the whole experience so much more fun and interactive. We kind sneaked around at the exchange points and put magnets on all the other vans.
How cute are these?
Magnets tagged on our van
Time to get started! Both vans met up at the start line in Hull, MA about 40 min from Boston. We had a quick safety briefing and met up with Erika (MCMmama) our last team member. I was runner #1 and ready to lead us off.
Even though it was 6 am, the start was full of excitement and fan fare. With a wave start every 15 minutes, it was not too crowded. I was really nervous at the start because honestly I just wasn’t sure how my foot would hold up. My training leading up to the race was less than desired to say the least. My PF kept me running only one 6 mile run and a few shorter runs. I am thrilled to say that my foot held up pretty well and I was able to settle into my run and stay right on my expected pace.
And we were off. Van 1 (my van) would be leapfrogging me to get to the first exchange point for the 2nd runner to go off. Van 2 would now have a few hours off before they would need to meet up with us.
It is kind of odd having no idea where you are going. I simply followed the signs telling me where to turn and hoped that I wouldn’t get lost. It was pretty easy with the first run because so many people started at once and I just followed them.
We met up with Van 2 and handed off to them in the mid afternoon. We had a few hours break to grab some lunch. Dunkin Donuts is huge up around Boston and seriously there was one of every block. We kept stopping to use their bathrooms and I started drinking lattes at every stop. Well turns out I drank 8 lattes in 40 hours! This is not a strategy I would recommend. I may need some sort of rehab program LOl. Caffeine withdrawl.
My second run was around 6:30 pm on Friday and I had a beautiful run around a reservoir. It was a little tougher the second time and I was certainly dragging a little. Got a second wind around mile 3 and finished up the 5.3 miles just as it was getting dark. Always happy to see this sign.
After the rest of van 1 did their legs, we headed to the next exchange point to wait for van 2 to hand off to us again. One of the local high schools opened up to allow us to rest in their gym. People were spread out in their sleeping bags trying to catch a few hours of rest. I was so wired and couldn’t sleep. I knew I would be running again in 2 hours and was very antsy. It was quite the scene.
2:30 am was the time for my last leg. This was my shortest run only 3.5 miles but it was pitch blackout and I was terrified. I have only run at night one time before (at my last Ragnar) and it was much more of a lit up area. My run was on a bike path that had no lights except for the ones we were carrying.
The wind picked up and I could hear leaves rustling behind me and kept thinking it was an animal or a crazy person. I didn’t see too many other runners out there and I just wanted to be done. And I was! Followed by the best pizza ever at 3:00 am.
Impromptu massage therapy on the side of the road
The rest of my van ran their last legs through the wee hours of the morning. We finally made it to the finish line area to wait for van 2 to run their last 6 legs. We even had time to have a nice breakfast finally! We don’t look too shabby for 36 hours of no sleep!
We had a few hours to kill while we waited for our friends then finally-the Finish Line around 12:30 pm.
Big huge thanks to my friends at Skirt Sports who hooked us up with these great capri pants. More on that tomorrow and a Skirt Sports giveaway.
We all got one of these cool medals and when you put them all together like a puzzle they form a cool message. Love this!
Thanks for hanging in there for this long post! I could go on and on about the funny stories, sleep deprived sayings, crazy outfits, coffee, songs we sang and the unforgettable memories we made. I had such an amazing time and I can’t wait to do another. After I get some sleep of course!
Linking up with Erika, Patty and April
Hello Monday! What a weekend! I had an amazing time at Ragnar if you couldn’t tell by all my photos everywhere. I can’t wait to share all of my stories with you all this week so please tune back in tomorrow because today it’s Meatless Monday with Tina Muir.
I had completely forgotten all about this recipe for a while! It ‘s a take on a traditional Scampi dish using tofu, white wine, broccoli and mushrooms. Makes for a hearty vegetarian dish that’s easy to whip up on a weekday night. It’s great over top of your favorite pasta or rice.
Tofu Scampi-Meatless Monday
Author: Confessions of A Mother Runner
Recipe type: dinner
- 1 block of extra firm organic tofu (drained & pressed)
- 1 egg-beaten
- 1 cup gf panko bread crumbs
- 2 tbl butter or substitute
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 cup veggie broth
- ⅔ cup white wine
- 1-2 tbl chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp oregano
- salt & pepper
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- serve over pasta of your choice
- Drain and press tofu then cut into 8 triangles
- dunk 1 at a time into egg mixture then dip into panko-set aside
- In a large skillet-heat with olive oil to coat
- add tofu and brown on each side remove from pan and place on paper towel
- Add butter to pan with garlic and saute
- Add broth and seasonings
- Add broccoli and mushrooms and steam until tender
- Add tofu back in and simmer for 5 min
- Serve on top of pasta
- sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Keeping it short and sweet today because I am still half asleep. Looking forward to seeing all of your recipes.
Tofu Scampi-What do you think?
How was your Mother’s Day?