high five for friday!

Here are my 5 favorites from this week:

1.  It was my beautiful little sissy’s birthday! We got to go out to a super yummy family dinner to celebrate.

That's my sis on the left. Isn't she gorgeous?!?!

2. My new curling iron came in the mail. It’s a Hot Tools 1 1/4″, much bigger than my old one. Now my hair will be more on the wavy side than tight-curly side.

It looks like this. Click Here to buy one.

3. I got in 2 hilly runs this week. Running hills is not my favorite (but really, does anyone love hills??) but I know I will be thanking myself when shorts season rolls around!

4. I have a fun dinner and night out planned with awesome friends tonight! A great way to finish off the week!

5. I made some yummy cupcakes for all they guys at work…they were super delish!

Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Vanilla Buttercream. I also threw in a few leftover chocolates from sister's birthday.

I’ll be linking up with Lauren from the From My Grey Desk Blog for this H54F post!

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Running in the Rain*

It is supposed to be spring, yet it continues to pour down rain like it’s the middle of winter. Last weekend there was even a little glimmer of hope when we had sunny weather and warm not freezing temps. I thought maybe, just maybe, this was the sign that we were past the nastiness and onto to brighter, warmer, springier things. But no. Mother Nature had a different idea and the weather has been icky. It rained all day today. Boo.

I was looking forward to running all day, and though it was disgusting outside I powered through and got in a pretty good 4 miles. I was a soggy mess when I got home, but nothing a hot shower and glass of wine couldn’t fix.And you know what? I’m actually really glad I got out there and got it done.

 

This is how I felt before leaving for my rainy run...

 

 

This is how I felt when I was done. A soggy mess, but so happy to be done!

 

*Embarrassing as it is, I admit I did actually sing this to myself to the tune of “Singing in the Rain.” ::Blushing::

In Lieu Of Running…

Instead of enjoying a beautiful, sunny/rainy/windy (yes all that weather happened today) run I went to the dentist for a cleaning. Good News: NO Cavities!! Bad News: I got the lecture about needing to floss more. But, I’m pretty sure everyone gets that lecture, right? {Just agree with me here}

In honor of the dentist, I found this on Pinterest, which I found quite funny…and a little true.

Source: tumblr.com via Robyn on Pinterest

High 5 for Friday!

I have been following a bunch of new blogs lately and one of my new faves is From My Grey Desk. Lauren has a great weekly post called High 5 for Friday where each week she lists 5 great things from the week. I love it! What a great way to celebrate the end of the week!

Here are my 5 fave things from the past week:

1. My sister let me try out her new nail plates and I got a fancy-schmancy design.

My super-decorated nails. Thanks Sis!

2. I tried a new running club. Check out this post to read about it!

3. I saw a little touch of Spring on my run on Tuesday night!

Daffodils!

4. I made these cupcakes and they were De-Lish! My mom says they were her favorite of all the cupcakes I’ve made.

5. I got to go out to dinner with the family I used to nanny for and catch up with my favorite kiddos. LOVE!

So there you have it, my first H54F! I’ll be linking up at The From My Grey Desk Blog.

H20 Running Club- A review

Last night I tried something that’s new in my town. One of the local bar/restaurants started up a running club. The idea is to meet up at the bar, run a 5K, then end at the bar for drink specials and appetizers. This is totally right up my alley! Running, Beer and Food.

It was pretty windy and nasty out, but I decided to go anyway. Two friends of mine were meeting me there, so I couldn’t bail out. There ended up only being 6 of us, but I think that’s partly to do with the weather and partly because it’s a new thing. I had a blast and made 3 new friends! I am definitely going to spread the word and try to grow this group!

If you are in the Anacortes/Oak Harbor/Burlington/etc. area on Wednesdays at 6:20, come join us!!

Click here to check out H20’s Facebook page.
Click Here for the direct link to the Running Club Facebook event page.

Spring In My Step

When I woke up this morning, there was snow on the ground. Boo! Well, it was slushy, kinda hail mixed with snow, but altogether still icky. I spent all morning preparing my mind for running after work and was all ready to call upon this to help me convince myself:

*See below for sources

But by the time I got off work, guess what?!?!?! THE SUN WAS SHINING!!!

Just look at that beautiful blue sky!

I was so excited to lace up my shoes and get out there! Oh hey, and check this out…I’m wearing my Glam Shades. While running. At 5 pm. A-Ma-Zing! I must say a big thank you to whoever decided to “Spring Forward” because now I have so much daylight running time after work. WaHoo!

And one more thing…..
Just when I was starting to loose hope that Spring was not coming this year (it snowed this morning for goodness sakes!) I saw these lovely little drops of daffodilly springy-ness. LOVE!

*Disclaimer: I may still be experiencing a “runner’s high” from earlier. It was a beautiful day for running, after all!

*Sources: Pinned: Here. Original Source: Here.

Putting the ‘Glam’ in Glam Girls Running

The weather was disgusting today, to say the least. Freezing, slushy-ish rain this morning. High winds. More rain all day long. UGH! I was so looking forward to a good run after work today and because we “Sprang Forward” this weekend it was light out for an hour longer. However, I draw the running-outdoors-line at rain, wind and cold.

Luckily, I had plenty of Glam things to keep me busy this evening. My Birchbox came today and was AMAZING! If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, it’s a company that sends you samples of new beauty products each month for a $10 subscription fee. You get a new box of different samples each month and it’s always a surprise. You can then go on the website and review the products and buy the full-size versions. To learn more, click here to go to the Birchbox website.

March is the second Birchbox I received and it was super-duper!This is the box:

Birchbox

This month I received:
*A sample size of Kate Spade Twirl perfume, Tarte LipSurgence lip tint, Kerastase Elixir Ultime (for hair), a FULL SIZE Essie luxeffects nail glitter polish ($8 value!), twistband Hair Tie, A ModCloth.com coupon and a Teen Vogue coupon.

L-R: Twirl perfume, Tarte Lip tint, Kerastase Hair Serum, Essie nail polish, twistband Hair Tie, Teen Vogue coupon, ModCloth coupon

I am most excited about the nail polish, as it’s a full size bottle and one I’ve been wanting to purchase for a while. The perfume smells super yummy and I really like the hair tie idea. I plan on trying the hair serum tomorrow. I also like the lip tint, it is almost like a chapstick texture, but has a “Barbie pink” color as my sister called it.

I am really loving my BirchBox subscription so far. It’s like Christmas once a month! And it all comes packaged up so pretty-in-pink!
The Packaging

Thanks www.birchbox.com!

Boudoir Sign Craft

Last night, because I’m taking a break from running, I needed something to fill my time. I decided to do a quick craft. I had an empty picture frame I had bought at the thrift store a while back, and was inspired to turn it into something great. I had originally planned on using it for a different craft, but changed my mind and made this instead:

The finished product!

I apologize for not having any “before” pictures. But this started out as a really hideous print/picture in a brownish,fake bronze-y frame. A while back (um, Christmas time) I gave the frame a couple coats of glossy black spray paint. Tip: when thrifting, look for frames with awesome shapes, sizes and unique designs. IGNORE the color and whatever might be inside! You are just going to take the print or picture out and a coat of paint can transform the ugliest frame.

Back to my craft… To start, I decided to use the piece of cardboard that came in the frame. It was already cut to size, and was blank on one side. Using Microsoft Word, I printed out the word I wanted, in the correct size. It ended up printing across 3 pages, so I just cut and pieced the word together.

Here is my word all pieced together.

To transfer your word from paper to cardboard, flip your word upside down (you’re now working on the back of the paper) and trace the letters heavily with pencil.

Warning: Some of the ink from the front will transfer, so make sure there is something underneath the paper you’re working on.

When you’re entire word is traced, flip it back over and center it on your cardboard. I put a couple pieces of tape down just to hold the paper in place.
Next, scribble over your word with pencil. This will cause the pencil on the back to “print” onto the cardboard. There is no need to be neat about this part, but do press firmly.

My scribbled-over letter

Remove your paper to reveal your “traced” word. Use puffy paint to go over your word, using a generous amount of paint so the letters are raised. **Let dry overnight**

When your puffy-painted word is dry, use acrylic paint and a paintbrush to paint over the entire piece of cardboard. I only did one coat of paint because I liked the way it looked a little rough and antiqued. Two coats would, of course, have a more solid opaque result. If you like your word to be more subtle, you can leave it painted over. I wanted mine to stand out more, so I used a tissue to wipe the paint off of the letters. This way my puffy paint was very visible.

Let the paint dry, and put your new artwork back into it’s frame. I did not put the glass in, but that is just my preference. Here is a look at the finished product again:

TA DA!

I used Command Damage Free Hanging Strips to hang my new masterpiece above my bed!

I hope this how-to was helpful. If you try my project, leave me a comment and picture. I’d love to see how yours turned out!

Back In Action

After a bit of a hiatus, I am making another go at this whole blogging thing. I’ve been reading lots of other great blogs, written by amazing women, and I’ve been inspired to start posting again. My goal from now on is to post at least 3 times a week and also to add more pictures of what I’m doing.

As far as running goes, I took a bit of a break over the winter. I still ran, but was pretty lax about it, hence my jeans being way too tight! But now the “season” is about to start and I’ve got to pick it back up again. My first 1/2 marathon will be in April. I’ve also been having issues with sciatica again, so it’s back to the chiropractor I go to get fixed up before I really need to increase the running.

In order to keep better track of my running and exercise, I started a “Running Journal.” It’s actually a daily/weekly planner that I got at Target. Click here to check it out.

Each day I write in how far I ran or any other exercise I did that day. In the right-hand column I total up just the miles I ran that week.

Behind the whole month page are weekly pages with a space for each day. There, I write the details of my run. I record if it was fast/slow, how I felt, if I had any pain, the weather.

So far I’ve really liked recording my running and other exercise. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I record something. I also like having a written record to look back on and see where I can improve over the next month.