Friday, March 7, 2014
Thank you to everyone that came to enter my giveaway for a free entry into a Spartan Race! I'm so excited that someone gets to do one of these crazy, challenging races. Everyone should have a goal to aim for and these races are definitely a big goal to work towards! If you missed our giveaway, you can still find out more about the Spartan Race!
Congrats to our winner KM Loove!! Best of luck in the race and let us know how it goes!
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Right now I feel like I'm getting a bit antsy. I get that way sometimes. What I really need is something to focus on. A goal to work towards. So now I'm checking my options and looking for a race to sign up for. Running is a great challenge that gives me a sense of accomplishment when I'm done. It doesn't have to be long or extremely challenging, just getting out there for the day is sometimes enough. Other days I want to really challenge myself and push my limits. Having that goal or race to work towards really helps me to keep my workouts going. If you are looking for a challenge, you might want to check out the Spartan Race!
This isn't your typical obstacle course race. The Spartan Race is here to challenge you! There's fire, water, mud, and barbed wire and more. You won't know what you are facing until you are right there. Be ready!
There's a Spartan Race for everyone out there with different levels of challenges. They have races all over the country as well, but the next one closest to me is in Miami on April 12th & 13th at Oleta River State Park. Miami is actually a Super Spartan Race, which means it is about 8 miles long. Want to register for Miami or get more specific details on that race? Click Miami Super Spartan to find out more. Want to win your own FREE Entry into any open heat in a 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US? You can do just that! Sign up here to win an entry and challenge yourself! Time to start training! Not everyone can win a free entry, but we can all score 15% off!! Click to get your 15% off Spartan Code!
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Whether the Spartan Race is for you or not, I truly believe that having a goal to work towards can really motivate you to keep moving and working. Little goals will soon add up to be big ones and you will be running in the fire and mud in no time! Time to challenge yourself!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I know Valentine's Day has passed for another day, but what could be more romantic than tree carved initials in a heart! This sends me back to my younger days where you would doodle your initials along with the initials of the boy you liked. Those initials carved into a tree seems so old fashioned and sweet, but it may not be a real option if you don't have the right kind of tree. Why not make your own Tree Quilt, just so you can carve your initials in it along with your love!
Quilting can feel so daunting and overwhelming! Trust me, I know. I'm not really that great of a sewer, but I like to make things, so I just keep at it. Luckily, it's the thought that counts and no one else looks at these things you make as closely as you do. According to folklore, quilts aren't supposed to be perfect. People would purposely make one mistake. Lucky for me, I've never had to add a mistake! This quilt is the perfect beginner's choice! Very little cutting and not too much quilting either.
I started by creating my initials and wording in the heart. I used a fabric pencil to trace out my letters. Then I hand embroidered with a split stitch. After I was done, I used fusible web to attach my heart onto my brown tree material. Using a sewing machine, I zig zag stitched all the way around the edge of my heart.
For the material, I used a 42" wide brown solid for the front. I bought about 1 3/4 yards. For the back I used a white and green print fabric. I bought 3 yards of this fabric. I cut this long piece in half creating two pieces that were 42" x 54". Place these two right sides together. Sew them together along one of the long selvedge edges creating a piece that is 54" x 84". This will give you enough fabric on the back piece to fold forward to use as your quilt binding. If you would rather use a separate binging, you could buy 1 3/4 yards of both your front and back material instead. I used a crib sized batting that measured 45" x 60".
Now it is time to layer your fabrics. You will stack your front tree material, your batting, and your backing material as they will be as a finished quilt. Wrong sides will be facing in. Pin your layers together with quilting pins or safety pins to keep from slipping.
Now you can mark your quilt lines with a marking pencil or chalk. Create tree like designs. Make sure your quilt lines will be as close as your batting requires. Mine lines could be up to ten inches apart. Once you're satisfied with your layout, simply sew along your lines in a contrasting thread in order for them to show up, stitching your front, batting and back piece together. Continue sewing until you have sewn along all your lines. Then you can either fold your back fabric forward to create your binding as I did in my Simple Block Quilt, or you can add a separate binding to complete your quilt.
This Carved Heart Tree Quilt is the perfect wedding, Valentine's, or birthday gift. It could really brighten the day of someone special, especially when they snuggle under it. I made this for my hubby for Christmas. I hope he thinks of me every time he uses it.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but showing someone you love them shouldn't just happen one day a year. The spirit of Valentine's Day is something that you should have year round. Everyone needs to feel important, special and loved every day. It's not that you have to go out and buy jewelry, chocolates, and flowers every day. That's not what I'm saying. Although, a surprise every once in a while wouldn't be all that bad! Showing your love can be done in all sorts of small ways. These pocket Love Notes is a perfect way to show someone a little love on any day of the year.
To make my Pocket Love Notes, I used a business card template in Word to evenly space out my notes. I added different pictures and clip are that I found online to each business card. You could even use your own personal pictures as well. Print out your template on to cardstock. Cut out each note card. Turn over to write your message. Slip the love note in your loved ones wallet, pocket, lunch box, briefcase, purse, or anywhere they might find it as a little surprise later.
Make some today and have them ready for whenever you want to slip someone special a little note.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Last weekend I decided it would be fun to take a few of my friends and two vehicles and have everyone run from Miami to Key West! Sound fun? If so, you should definitely check out Ragnar Relay! It really was such a fun time and a great way to get to know your friends even better. Sounds crazy, but with just a bit of training, all levels can join a team to run 200 miles together.
We started off the night before our race at the restaurant in our hotel, The Grove Isle Resort and Spa. While waiting for our dinner to arrive, someone spotted Pitbull walk by on his way to the bar. After working up the nerve, one of our teammates approached him to take a picture with us. He introduced himself to each of us and was such a nice guy. He wished us luck in our race and was happy to take a picture. Great guy!!
Our first van was up early to start us off with a start time of 5 am. Everyone in that van ran their first leg and then we met them a few hours later at exchange 6. I was the second one in our van to run. I scrambled to get everything ready to run, but was worried I was forgetting something. I know they say you just need running shoes, but I also need my knee brace, phone and carrier, running watch, headband, and music. I was ready to run just as Amy ran in to meet me. I got the slap bracelet in the exchange and I was off.
My leg was around eight miles through the streets and neighborhoods of Miami. I felt like I was running a good pace, but stopping at quite a few stoplights to wait for traffic didn't help anything. I was happy when I saw the One Mile To Go sign. I ended up at a mall, but there was no time to shop. Off to support our next runner! Especially since the temperatures were getting up to 85 degrees. That's February in Florida!
Here is a picture of our van. Lots of teams wore costumes, but we kept it more simple. Maybe next time!
This was such a fun weekend for me and the hubby to spend together. He's not normally a runner, but he will make an exception and train for Ragnar Relay. They used to run a race that started in Clearwater, FL and ended across the state in Daytona Beach, FL. That was our first Ragnar together, but they stopped that one when they started the Key West run.
Most teams decorate their vans, even adding lights and painting their van with window chalk. We went with a Rock and Roll theme. Our van said "Rock, Roll, Race, Repeat" with the Ragnar symbol. We had lots of inflatable guitars and microphones to add to our theme. I actually still have the mini disco balls hanging from our rear view mirror. When the night hit, we turned on our rotating light disco ball.
After unsuccessfully trying to get some sleep in a high school gym, it was night. I ended up running at 2 am. Of course my leg was the only one where there was a rain downpour! This leg was around 6 miles and despite the rain, it was pretty nice. We were somewhere in the Keys and I ran over a few small bridges and past some nice houses. Of course the dark and rain made it hard to look around, but the weather was cooler and it was just a fun setting. You can usually see the light of someone else bobbing ahead of you to help keep you on track.
After our night runs, we grabbed some bagel sandwiches and again attempted to sleep in a high school gym. Although others were able to get some rest, I only slept about 40 minutes total for the night. I just don't sleep that well in unfamiliar places. Just part of the experience though and I actually had more energy than you'd expect. Although it was good that my last leg was my shortest. It was again crazy hot out. I decided to run my last leg in my disco ball skirt (tutorial to come)! With less than two miles to go, I pretty much sprinted my last leg. Beautiful views over the road bridges in the Keys. So close now!
We finished our run in Key West just before sunset. The view was amazing and the trip was a blur of memories. It goes by faster than you think. It's almost like you are constantly hurrying up to wait. But the wait was over!
The whole team met up at the finish line to celebrate. We got our free beer and a bite to eat. We shopped for souvenirs and then headed back to the hotel for a much needed shower. You'd think we'd be ready for bed, but we headed back to Duval Street for dinner and some drinks. The streets were filled with other Ragnar Relay runners with the same idea.
Even the ride home was an experience. We ended up stuck on the side of the road for over two hours due to an accident on the bridge ahead. Luckily we ended up stopped right in front of a convenience store! Time for more pictures and making friends with more Ragnar runners.
This was my first time as captain of a Ragnar team and it was a lot of work. It could be stressful getting people to commit, finding hotels where everything seemed to be sold out, collecting money and just organizing all the details. Now I can say it was totally worth it. Things came together and worked out and everyone had an awesome time. The Ragnar finisher medal is pretty cool too, especially since it doubles as a bottle opener!
Ragnar Relay isn't just a fun race, it's also an amazing community. Everyone is so great at cheering each other on and keeping each other motivated. I've had teams stop and give me water while I was running and seen teams helping each other out. It's not all about winning at the end, but everyone having a great time on the way there. It was such a great time. I can't wait to start planning my next Ragnar Relay!
Friday, February 14, 2014
As a blogger, I know I should have been making Valentine's Day cards and projects since the beginning of January. Unfortunately, here it is Valentine's Day and I just finished putting together my daughters' cards to bring to share with their classes. I had good intentions. We went weeks ago to search the dollar store for ideas of little gifts we could use to make our cards. We found some little grow capsules that the girls wanted to use as the base for their Valentines. So the packets have been sitting on my dining room table waiting to be made into something more.
Then I got busy packing and planning for my 200 mile relay running race that I was captain for. That takes some work! So of course, things got put off. I will be posting pictures and memories from our Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West soon. Such fun! Although I'm still trying to catch up from being gone. Seems someone had a party when we were gone (My 3 year old!), so we have some drywall repair to do in the bathroom. I'm still trying to catch up on sleep since I had a total of 40 minutes on Friday night. With meetings, Doctor's appointments, dance classes, homework, field trips, and a sick little one I'm still trying to catch up on laundry as well. I still haven't even posted all of the gifts we made for Christmas either. AAAAHHHH! I'm not making myself feel any better!
So if you are anything like me, you might need some last minute Valentine's Day ideas. We did end up using the little grow capsules. I simply printed out little cards from a place card template. I printed the directions for the grow capsules and "My Love for you Grows and Grows!" on the other side with my daughters' names. I folded the paper into little pockets, stapling the edges closed. I then used small stickers to close the top edge with the little capsules inside. Simple and quick!
I also found these cute fortune cookie erasers at the Dollar Spot in Target. I just wrote a little note on a sliver of paper, rolled it up and slipped it in the eraser. I'm going to put the fortune cookies in the girls' lunch boxes so they can find their little note at lunch. Afterwards, they can continue to use them at school as erasers!
My husband is even easier to buy for. I know he will always enjoy an assortment of craft beers. I didn't want to just buy him the beers, but maybe turn it into more of a gift basket. I already had a basket that I had saved from a gift we received. I found an assortment of craft beers at ABC Liquor, but you can also buy single beers if you want to choose your own. Then I headed over to World Market for more fun items to add to the basket.
They have so many fun things. I was able to find some Valentine's Day candy, spicy chips, pretzels, summer sausage, cheese, beer coasters, a muddler, Beer bottle opener rings, beer salt, and a mustache tag. Very quick and easy to put together and I know it is all things he will enjoy. Hope you were ready for Valentine's Day, but if not I hope you find some inspiration! Happy Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 3, 2014
This past weekend, me and my girls took part in a special women only race that I like to run every year. The Lady Track Shack 5k in Winter Park, FL benefits the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund. I've always felt like this was a great cause to run for, but this year the race got more real. This year the race was held just two days after one of our friends received her first chemo treatment for breast cancer. We definitely wanted to show her that she had our support and that we believed in her. We had our largest group ever sign up to run this race together. We made sure to get matching t-shirts to show everyone just who we were running for. They said Believe - Running for Rynda.
|Foggy morning before the race.|
|Even the kids got to race.|
|So proud of her ribbon!|
It seems that more and more people know someone or have been affected themselves by breast cancer. While the fight to find a cure continues, the best thing that we can do is to educate ourselves and have yourself checked for early detection. Remember to do self exams monthly. I don't know exactly what to say or do to help my friend, but I do hope she knows that we are all here for her whenever she needs something. I can't even imagine how scary that situation is and I just hope everyone dealing with this has a support system to help them make it through. We believe in hope for a cure!