I love this photo of myself. I think because our trip to Italy was a life changing experience for me. Prior to our trip, I was in a hole, a dark one. I was so happy to be in Italy, and it had been such a long time since I felt happy. We almost didn't go on that trip because we were still adjusting to living without my dad. But I also didn't want to regret it, and I knew I would. I needed to remember what being happy felt like. Now I long to go back. I am dying to go back. But until I get back there, looking at this particular photo helps me remember how much pure happiness I was feeling.
Do you have a favorite photo of yourself? Why is it your favorite?
I was mentioning earlier how much I love fun-runs because they make our shorter training runs more interesting. Running around the same part of your neighborhood three times a week can get boring and make for a harder run.
I have wanted to sign up for an evening fun run for awhile now. I usually do my training runs in the evenings, especially as it's getting warmer out. Plus we have the Wine and Dine Half Marathon coming up and that takes place in the evening. So I was pretty excited to find that the Neon Splash Dash is going to be in our area. It's going to be the perfect Friday night out, and we won't miss a training run for the week. Win/win!
This 5k takes place on a Friday night at 8pm, so we can make a whole night out of it! Runners get to run through black light zones where they will be throwing glow in the dark paint on you while you listen to some awesome jams. At the end of the run there are DJs, bands, food trucks, and more glow paint to play with.
But here is the exciting part...
That's right, I get to giveaway a free entry to this race. Check the website and find a location that works for you!
You can enter below multiple ways with our handy dandy Rafflecopter from now until next Thursday (5/23) at midnight. The winner will be announced next Friday (5/24).
It's been so hot out in Southern California lately. While in Palm Springs this past weekend, it was too hot to even lay out by the pool. The hubs and I tried to get a 4 mile run in, but after 3 miles we decided it wasn't gonna happen and that we needed to carry our water with us if it was going to be this hot.
Beautiful view no?
Anyways, it got me thinking about what I'm going to do this summer for runs. Luckily people have figured out how to stay cool while running, with some awesome fun runs!
Here are a few I'm pretty excited about:
The Bubble Run is a 5k where at each kilometer, you can run through giant vats of colored bubbles. You are supposed to wear white running outfits, much like the popular color runs. However, this run helps you stay cooler because you are running through bubbles! At the end, people look like they were head to toe covered in colored foam. Not only has it been a life long dream to be completely engulfed in bubbles (next to sitting in a huge pool of jello), but to stay cool and run, sounds like an awesome summer run right? Check out here if it's coming to your city.
If you are looking for a real cool down, this 5k looks amazing. The Drenched Run has you running through "drenched zones" where you will run through some obstacles and ultimately end up getting drenched. Every time we ran by sprinklers that were on in Palm Springs, I kept telling the hubs how bad I wanted to run through them, well this is where I'm going to have that opportunity. This run's charity of choice is local firefighters. I love that, since I have a cousin who is a firefighter. Great cause to help. And the end, this event is known for it's huge water balloon fight for the cherry-on-top. Hubs is gonna get it! Get more information and sign up here!
The Wet & Wild Run/Walk is a 5k that goes through a huge aquatic center, finishing the last portion of the event through the lazy river. Not only is it challenging and a great workout on top of a normal run because of the resistance created from the water, but you aren't going to be sweating like a complete beast. At this run, you also get a finisher's medal and as I always say, "will run for bling!". Check out for more info and to sign up here.
So I think I'll manage to get some of these fun runs in this summer. That way the hubs and I can enjoy a nice cool run while keeping up on our training. Plus, we always end up having so much more fun than we thought we were going to have. Are you going to sign up for some "summer themed" run events this year? How do you beat the heat when you are still running?
I got a few people asking about my shirt I wore when I was trying on my Stitch Fix finds. It's the Adopt shirt by Obey. I don't know if you can still get them online since it's listed as a past awareness campaign but every now and I get I will see this shirts for sale in skate shops. Keep any eye out.
This is sort of what I end up wearing during the week when I'm around the house and just running boring errands.
Easy topic huh? No, not really. I have a lot of things that make me happy. How can one decide on a "top ten". Well, here's my attempt.
10. When a restaurant exceeds my expectations.
The hubs and I really enjoy nice dinners out. We will do our research, find a restaurant that has been talked about and give it a try. Sometimes it lives up to our expectations, sometimes it doesn't. But when it does, we get pretty giddy about it.
9. Walking under the train tracks at Disneyland.
The sights, sounds, and even smells of first walking into Disneyland always take me right back to my childhood and always put a smile on my face. I go to Disneyland almost every week yet I still get chills when I walk out onto Main Street.
8. When I make a new recipe and it turns out amazing.
New recipes are a gamble, I am so happy when they pay off.
7. Passing that finish line!
Nothing makes me happier than to cross that finish line and get that medal. Not only am I happy because it's over with and I can stop moving my legs, but because I did it. Woot! Now gimme that bling!
6. Booking a trip.
We are so lucky that we can travel, and it makes me so happy that we have that opportunity.
5. Getting positive feedback on Etsy, my blog, or from someone for my hard work.
Lets face it, humans want validation. I am no exception. I want to know that someone is reading this, and someone likes my product, and that someone realizes I'm doing my best. A little recognition goes a long way.
4.When someone tells me I'm like my dad.
I miss him so much. And I looked up to him a lot. Whether it's good or bad, I love when someone tells me I'm like my dad.
3. When my pups go crazy when I get home.
I can be gone for 2 weeks or 2 hours. The pups are still ecstatic when we walk through that door. No one else is every that excited to see me walk through a door, it makes me happy.
2. Spending a day with my friends and family.
Whether we are out for dinner with the besties, or at a football game with the fam-bam, I cherish every minute.
1. Waking up every morning next to the hubs.
I don't like to snuggle. I need my own space when I sleep and I don't like to have anyone breathing on me. The hubs on the other hand, loves to snuggle. In the morning, he always manages to slide one had over and rest it on me while I'm sleeping. Like he needs to know that I am still there with him, it makes my stomach do back flips when I wake up and his hand is on my shoulder or knee. He's kinda cute.
Finally! I got my latest Stitch Fix. I kept putting it off, because I had no time. I wasn't that impressed with my last Stitch Fix box, so I hoped for the best with my third one.
It did not fail me at all. I loved everything in this box, I debating for a long time of whether I was going to keep everything or send some things back. So without any further delay, Stitch Fix Revenge! (I like the trilogy theme, judge away)
Pink Crotchet Top - Willow & Clay
I loved this top. It's super flowy and light weight. Perfect for the hot summer months coming up. I wanted to get some crotchet into my wardrobe recently, and this foot the bill.
Costa Blanca Denim Sleeveless Top
I saw this in the box and was very skeptical. I don't think I've ever been gutsy enough to do denim on top but this wasn't a loud denim. I tried it on, and I loved it. Perfect transition into denim for me.
White Crochet Top - C.Luce
I loved this top so much! It was so cute, and fit really well. My biggest concern, with the pooches, one jump up on me and this shirt was going to get snagged.
Polk a Dot Jeans - Kensie
I love Kensie Jeans, these are so flipping cute! The are the same fit as my star ones from my first fix. I love the ankle bitter fit because I can easily dress them up with a heel and down with flats.
Bracelet - Zenzii
I wasn't in love with this bracelet. I think maybe because I've been craving some geometric shaped necklaces recently. It was cute, but I didn't feel the "I need this" feeling with it.
That was a pretty damn good box! I loved everything and I really wanted to keep everything, but since I wasn't in love with the bracelet, and I was worried about the crotchet top, I sent those two back.
As soon as I put it in the mailbox, I regretted my decision. If you keep your entire Stitch Fix box, they give you 25% off your entire total. I would have been able to have kept both of them for a difference of $40. What was I thinking?! Oh well, I'll put that $40 towards the next fix I need. They totally redeemed themselves after the last lackluster fix. Can't wait to see what Stitch Fix sends my way next time!
If you want to sign up for your own Stitch Fix, you can here!