The Voice is busy promoting their new season….which I’m OK with because it means we get to see Adam Lavine and Blake Shelton do silly things with Jimmy Fallon! YAY!
“Knowing what your splits should be is really important if you’re trying to run a certain time — especially for longer distances. These bracelets, available in a wide range of distances and goal times, save you the trouble of memorizing every split or trying to do the math on the fly.”
SB: They have pacebands for every length of race…seems quite handy!
“Don’t let winter limit you to a treadmill for three months! But don’t fall on your ass either! Yaktrax attach themselves to your running shoes to give you some much-needed grip on icy or snowy roads and trails.”
SB: Obviously not needed for this year’s Mill Race Marathon, but if you are planning on signing up for a spring race these would be great for training this winter…especially since it’s supposedly going to be another harsh one.
“It’s usually a pretty good idea to run with some form of ID on you in case disaster strikes. While there are simpler ways to do it, this ID bracelet is made of paracord stringing, and can be used as a tourniquet or rope in case of an emergency. It can also double as a replacement shoelace in case of a much less serious emergency.”
SB: Always run with some form of ID. These allow you the freedom to leave your driver’s license at home.
“While most running shoes and a lot of jackets have reflective strips on them, you can never be too visable to cars while running when it’s dark out. This Canadian company offers reflective strips in a variety of designs that you can iron onto almost any piece of clothing. They do customized designs too!”
SB: These would be great for those early morning/late dusk runs that have to happen to avoid humidity!
“If you want to go a step beyond reflectors to be seen (and help yourself see), these LED knuckle lights will do the trick. Plus, you’ll probably feel a little bit like Iron Man.”
SB: See previous comment.
9. Foam roller
“Rolling against this big foam log after a run hurts so good. It’s less portable than The Stick, but it can hit different muscles to prevent injury and soreness.”
SB: If you’ve never used a foam roller before…GET ONE NOW!!!!! These are super wonderful after a run.
“These cool shirts by Viewsport are meant to get gross and sweaty, as they reveal a secret, usually inspirational message when they get wet.”
14. Body Glide
“Chafing is one of the worst things that can happen to a runner. So don’t let it happen.”
SB: PREACH IT! When I first started running, I thought chafing was a myth. I also hadn’t at the time run more than 3 miles. Then I ran 8. that last mile…BURNNNNED! Body Glide is your friend.
15. Cool Towel
After you get these towels wet and snap them a couple times, they become cool, which is exactly what you need after a long hot run. They unfortunately don’t get icy cold, but they offer a little easy and portable relief.
SB: Never used one of these, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it!
17. Shower Wipes
When you’ve got to squeeze a run into the middle of the afternoon, these portable wipes can help make it so you’re not grody for the second half of the day.
SB: a must for all the work-out things!
18. The FlipBelt
The FlipBelt is an easy way to store your keys, iPod, or pretty much anything else you’d need to bring along on a run.
SB: I don’t specifically use this brand, but I do prefer running with a belt rather than an armband. a) weird tan lines. b) uneven biceps. c.) chaffing
Will these actually help your run in any way? Probably not, but just look at ‘em! If Hermes and The Flash can run fast with winged boots, you should too!
SB: These are just sweet!
21. Drinking glasses
“After a tough run, you deserve it, and why not enjoy a drink out of a glass that lets everyone know what’s up? What is a beer or two but a little bit of extra carbo loading anyway?”
SB: Yes, the glasses are cool, but what’s even better is the PARTY that is happening AFTER the Mill Race Marathon in downtown Columbus! We will have more details as we get closer, but runner or not, you should probably be there :).
So Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married last weekend (August 23rd- which is a fantastic time of year to get married may I add ). This past weekend photos were released of the Bride and Groom and Family and are in People and Hello! Magazine.
Angelina Jolie may not be my absolute fave actress, but I do love a fantastic celeb wedding dress! To my surprise, it wasn’t the dress that got me blogging….it was the veil.
To incorporate the Pitt-Jolie kiddos into the ceremony, not only were they members of the bridal party, but Angelina had designers take her kiddo’s drawings and sew them into her veil!
You can check it out below…I love it! I’m also a sucker for personal details in weddings.
This may be one of the greatest yoga videos ever….
I know the times I’ve tried to do yoga (or any exercise that involves breaking out the yoga mat) my cats have tried to interrupt me.
enjoy the laugh!
OK- Here is my issue.
Monday Night I made some AMAZING Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread Muffins.
If you would like the recipe…. I used this one from Rachel Ray and instead of using a loaf pan I made muffins…cuts on cooking time (20-25mins) AND easier to eat! Wahoo!
There’s just one problem.
I like to enjoy these with some butter. (that’s not the problem, but maybe it is….)
But I can never decide how I should slice the muffin!
Should I go down the middle and enjoy both the muffin bottom and muffin top in each side? With the downside being the ratio of butter to muffin always varying with each bite?
OR…. Should I slice the muffin top off, enjoy my equal butter to muffin ratio, but know that half of my muffin will be more amazing than the other?
Because we all know muffin tops taste better than muffin bottoms…. thanks Elaine!
What do you think? How do you slice your muffin when you want to enjoy it with butter?
Meanwhile- I will have the 30 Rock “Muffin Top” Song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
Have a great one!
Summer is about to wind down…have you made the most of it yet?
Buzzfeed listed 27 things you need to do before summer is over. It’s a great list, and after making some “family-friendly” edits, it is TOTALLY do-able within the next few weeks before summer is officially over.
1. Eat something fried, delicious, and awful for you at a local fair. Hopefully you already took care of this at the Bartholomew County Fair…I know I did! This is probably one you could skip if need be.
2. Get cheap seats at a baseball game. Nothing says summer like a baseball game. The Indy Indians are still playing! But only through this weekend, so get tickets NOW!
3. Do one touristy thing in your city/town that you’ve never done before. This could apply year-round in Columbus with the Architectural Tour and the Miller home tour. Get Tour info HERE
4. Turn off your phone and go read in a park. Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.
5. Or better yet, at the beach. ummm…this might be harder to do….bring a jar of sand with you? Or find friends at Tipton Lakes and make them take you to the Marina!
6. Ice cream #1 after lunch: YES!
7. Ice cream #2 after dinner: YES! (I kinda love ice cream….)
8. Go for a night walk. So often this is about the only time when it’s cool enough to be outside. Enjoy the people trails! Please be safe and alert though.
9. Stargaze. I had PLENTY of opportunities to do this while camping in Mexico, but find a clear night and a spot out in the country and it will be just as beautiful. (you might just be able to combine #8 & #9!)
10. Wake up early and get all the best stuff at the farmer’s market. YES! The Downtown Columbus Farmer’s Market is one of my most favorite places to visit Saturday mornings! Go for the fresh produce, stay for the crepes, omelettes, dog watching, and running into all your friends. Running every Saturday through the 20th!
11. Make lemonade from scratch. A good idea, but you can get some wonderful lemon shake ups at the Farmer’s Market!
12. Have a picnic in the park. Mill Race Park again!
13. Have your all-white outfit moment. You can skip this one…
14. Get on a boat If it were up to me I would live on a boat every weekend.
15. Build a fire and make S’mores. Sooo many people have those backyard fire pits. Either get one from your local hardware store or find friends that have one and have a S’more party!
16. Go to an outdoor movie. Canary Creek Cinema’s in Franklin has a Drive in Theater that offers double features at a great price!
17. Or an outdoor concert. Hospice Concert and JCB Neighborfest. Done and Done.
18. Walk somewhere you usually would have driven or taken public transit to. I love doing this for lunch. True, I work near downtown so it’s a bit more convenient, but I’m sure you have friends that work downtown. Meet them at their place of work and then walk downtown (or where-ever you plan to eat lunch).
19. Invite friends over, make water balloons, and see what happens. A little more prep, unless you have one of these things. but well worth the effort on these hot sticky days!
20. Make grilled pizza. Or get a pie from the Flatrock Flatbread Company at the Farmer’s Market.
21. EAT ALL OF THE BARBECUE. YYYAAASSSS!!!!! I love it all! With coleslaw and sweet tea! I don’t care how or where you get it, make it happen!
22. In the event of a thunderstorm, try to capture the perfect lightning bolt photo. Please be safe though. Some of our storms can get pretty nasty!
Whether you were able to finish this list or not, I hope you had a fantastic Summer!
I thought I knew everything about some of my favorite 90′s shows growing up…but apparently I didn’t!
Since Tim is on vacation today…I get to update you with the latest Weird Al video!
Yesterday he released “Handy”…a parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”. It’s kinda wonderful!
Watch it below!
I wonder what he will release today?!?
YOU GUYS!!! I’m so flippin’ excited!
Before I tell you why…I have to take you back to 2005….
which btw- that was 9 years ago! What the WHAT?
OK- back to 2005….
I graduated from Milligan College. YAY! Though I was excited for the next chapter of my life, I was sad to leave several things behind… Amazing friends, wonderful experiences, beautiful scenery, and….
Over my 4 years at Milligan I developed a love for several foods down there. (Tennesseans KNOW how to eat!). 3 of those foods were….
Keva Juice Smoothies
Pal’s Drive Thru.
So- moving ahead to 2006….Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens.
I am in HEAVEN! For the first time in that year I enjoyed a smoothie that was as close to Keva Juice smoothies as they could get and it was only 3 minutes away from my house instead of 7 hours!
So now to present day…OK- more like yesterday (close enough)… I FINALLY get to check #2 off my list!!
SHRIMP SAUCE EXISTS IN COLUMBUS, INDIANA!
And it’s at TAKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE!!!!
This is how deep the obsession goes. Since 2005 I have been SEARCHING far and wide (and by far and wide I mean within an hour and a half driving distance) for a hibachi grill that has my shrimp sauce. I’ve even searched for a copy-cat recipe! NOTHING has come close.
And then…Dan and I were invited to go to Taku yesterday after church…
Our hibachi grill master came out to greet us… set out some dipping sauce dishes…
AND LOW AND BEHOLD…. he poured that beautiful shrimp colored liquid gold into that dish…
It was all I could do to restrain myself…I thought about asking for a spoon and just eating it right then and there. But I was a good girl, and waited patiently for the rest of my meal to be cooked so I could enjoy the shrimp sauce on ALL THE THINGS!
So needless to say, I am super happy that I can now enjoy my shrimp sauce any time I am craving it. Everything else was great too…I haven’t tried the sushi yet, but I’m sure it’s great and I will be back to try it soon.
Now we just need to work on Columbus getting a Pal’s Drive thru….
Apparently National Geographic is
bored with taking pictures of Giraffes hosting a 3 night miniseries on the 90′s.
and in honor of this…they created this Venn Diagram.
I love it.
Check it out!