Influenster VoxBox!

I received my J’Adore VoxBox last week!

It had some pretty awesome goodies in it.

Pretty pink box!

My Adeline and I loved the pink box. It was super fun to find waiting for me when I got home from work.┬áAll the Goodies! A whole bag of Hershey’s Kisses (which my kids immediately confiscated), Vaseline spray lotion for men, Boots Botanics face mask, Frizz Ease serum, KISS lashes, and Red Rose teas.

So far, we are sharing the Kisses, and we have tried the tea. The flavors are very mild, and the black tea is really good.

I’ve not had a chance to try the lashes or the mask yet, but am planning to this week!

The Vaseline spray lotion for men was VERY manly smelling. Super strong, which was a surprise to me. My husband won’t wear it due to the strong smell. ­čśŽ The spray is nice, and I may try some for the gym after I shower for the fast factor.


Sew Sew Modern 4 Swap Complete!

This was a super fun swap. It’s run out of Flickr, using the groups feature.

I received an awesome package from my friend Linda in the Netherlands!! As you can see, she included a few things for my kids and my husband as well.

She was so generous!! As soon as my sewing room is painted and I have a spot, I will be hanging this gorgeous mini up in there for sure!

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For my part, I made a SuperTote by Noodlehead. I have made this bag multiple times and I love it each time!! I included some goodies in her package, but forgot to take a pic of the whole thing. It was also my first time making a English Paper Pieced hexie flower, and appliqueing! I thought it turned out very well. I used Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics and some Lizzy House mice, and Essex yarn dyed in Steel. They all looked great together, I thought!

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Influenster VoxBox is Headed my Way!

A few months ago, I was invited to join Influenster by Lora at Crazy Runner Girl. She has an awesome running blog. Just awesome. Really good stuff there, go check it out.

It is a pretty cool place! I get to talk about the products I love (mostly running, I don’t think they have a “crafty goddess” badge, but maybe I should suggest it) and some Mom/family/kid things as well.

You can answer people’s questions about products, and read reviews of your own.

They have a program call the VoxBox. They will send you a box when you have participated enough in the community. It contains cool stuff to review! I have been doing reviews and talking about things to try to get into this program.

Last week, I got an email telling me. . . . . . . . .

VoxBoxI was IN for the J’Adore VoxBox!

Super excited to get it and try the things inside and tell you all about them!



Great week!

This has really been a great week.

Got two really good runs in on the treadmill, one with intervals, did my strength training, and have had a tiny bit of time to sew!

It’s been snowing all week. Wednesdays’ workout was “Shovel snow for 2.5 hours”. Yesterday, I had to laugh because it was my rest/off day and I managed to do 26 flights of stairs according to my FitBit. I think that today is going to be a rest day too. I’ve been fighting a bit of a cold, and I’m hoping that giving my body a break will help it out.

I have give up soda/pop/Coke. I’m surprised how much I have not missed it. I am also surprised at how much my sugar cravings have decreased. And I picked up a LifeWater, and it was so artificially sweet I could hardly stand it. That was an unexpected bonus. I have started drinking tea, but not a ton.

What does everyone have planned for the weekend? I will be hosting an essential oil class for some friends, and hanging out with the family Sunday.


Saturday Run =PR!

Saturday I ran 3.2 miles.

I walked outside, and it was SO nice out.. 41 degrees.. (mind you. . relative to the fact it’s been in the single digits for too long). I was like “OH IT IS ON!” and took off at bascially a full sprint.

I told myself I was going to run my best mile, and then run my best 5k. The first mile I ran in 8:47. The last two were 9:53 and 9:19. The last 0.2 mi I basically did just to make sure that I hit the 5k mark! I felt SO good about the run. I think by pushing myself on the treadmill, it is making a difference. Or maybe it’s the 2-3 days of strength training every week.┬áTotally loving my Garmin 220 Post Run Saturday.


After that was the Indiana Brewer’s Guild Winterfest, where a good time was had by all.

Sunday was the Super Bowl, and I did a little English Paper Piecing for my SSM4 swap partner! Now to sew the hexies together.

EPPing Hexie FlowerYesterday, 2.5 on the treadmill and Lunch Crunch abs class, today was Thighs Butts and Guts (lower body and core) class. Since we are forecasted to get 8-10 inches of snow tomorrow, looks like I will be inside and making due with some planks and body weight excersizes.



Much better week this week!

This week has been much better. Very busy, but much better in the workout and sewing department.

My husband started with a trainer last week. He is going two days a week!! I’m so proud of him! He sort of hates me when he can’t lift his arms, but I keep telling him to stick with it; it will get better!

I have decided to give up Diet Coke. We will see how this goes. Replacing with hot and cold tea. . which has to be better for me, right? For my “bubble fix” I found that Nuun works really really well! I might try some more “natural” sodas, but for now, I’m going cold turkey. Mind you, I am NOT giving up caffeine. . my AM coffee is a must-have for me!

I was able to get in two runs and two days of strength training, and I might very well do a double workout today so I can get a run in while it’s warm. I guess “warm” is a relative term; it’s already 34 degrees this AM, and might get up to 45 tomorrow! As long as it’s not raining, you can bet I will be out there.

I ran on the treadmill Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday was windchills in the -30’s, so inside it was. Wednesday, I did BodyPump at lunch and abs class. The new release of BodyPump was tough! Good, but tough. I always struggle with how much weight, and end up adding or subtracting weight in the middle of the set. I think the instructor said we did 170+ reps for the triceps track, WOW!!

I think that my strength training is really paying off with my running. My 2 miles I did on the treadmill on Tuesday seemed “easy” to me. I walked out after doing that and planks/abs and felt really good, and was surprised. I’m exited to hopefully get to be a faster runner and stronger all around this year.

Thursday was a rest day. We went out to supper with a friend, and had a good time!

Today will be Strictly Strength at lunch, and then maybe a run tonight if the kids cooperate, if not maybe first thing in the AM tomorrow.

My running goal for the month of January was 30 miles. With the pretty serious snow and cold weather we have had, and my strong dislike for the treadmill, I was able to knock out almost 23 miles. Last year, I didn’t run over 20 miles in a month until August, so this is a great start!

I wasn’t able to get in as much sewing as I would have liked this week, but I did get the quilt as you go panel for my Sew Sew Modern 4 swap partner done, and all the pieces cut out and ready to interface and put together.

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Back in the Groove..

And everything hurts. Full body strength class Friday, Saturday I ran 3 miles outside (which felt like 6 with the 27 mph winds!), and then shoveled the driveway. I will be glad when shoveling does not count as one of my workouts.

Yesterday evening the kids and I went to a birthday part at a bouncy place, and it was crazy.

Today I will be getting all my things for my Sew Sew Modern 4 swap partner, as well as for a special friend’s bag who starts chemo next week, and going to the grocery store. Meal planning is done! I always have a better week when I’ve meal planned and grocery shopped in advance. Makes the evenings go much smoother!

Stay tuned for progress pics! Stay warm, and have a great week.

What workouts do you have planned for the week?


Weekly update.

I should have titled this “Fail Week”.

It’s really cold. Windchills in the -20 F cold. Kids have had delays, no school, and have been at each other’s throats ALL week.

I have had a stiff shoulder/neck/back that will NOT go away since last weekend. We have had our bed laying on the floor due to a broken rail for over 3 months now, and I think it’s time to get a new frame and mattress. I have started using Pan-Away from Young Living, as well as Tiger Balm. Nothing is helping. ┬áThinking about giving in next week and going to the Dr to get a muscle relaxer and see if it helps. Yuck.

I did run Monday when it was nice outside, and had plans to work out Wed. The shoulder/back is worrisome as I find myself favoring it during daily activities, so I don’t want to do BodyPump or any heavy lifting on it; I’m afraid I will have horrible form and really hurt myself.

On from the pity party. I got my sewing room cleaned out, as well as the pantry.


SO much better. Not showing the "before".
SO much better. Not showing the “before”.
After cleaning. I will be back soon to get some ideas on how to finish this!
After cleaning. I will be back soon to get some ideas on how to finish this!

I would really like to get to IKEA and get some cabinets to start organizing fabric in so I can get stuff out of my tubs out somewhere where I can appreciate it! I also got a little more done on my EPP from Sewing Summit. I will finish it yet!! I need to find some better thread, as the Coats and Clark I have keeps tangling. I found some “Thread Heaven” in a box, and will try that next week and hope it helps.

I am looking for a fast and easy quilt pattern that isn’t too complex, and could use a collection of FQs. I have a couple of lines of fabric I want, but I need a pattern first! All suggestions appreciated!!

I DID get hooked up with a team for Ragnar Chicago and I am SO excited!! Seems like a great group of people and that it will be a good time. It’s a mixed gender team, and most have run before. The first legs I was offered were over 13 miles with “hard” and “very hard” segments. I gracefully bowed out and the team was very understanding and we have a leg I’m totally comfortable with. It might be #1, but I feel better about it!!

Sunday Summary!

Thursday, I did Zumba at lunch with my favorite instructor, Stephanie. She had a new routine to the Pitt Bull and Ke$sha song “Timber” which is one of my current favorites! So fun. We also did “Apple Bottom Jeans”. . her routine leads to 100 jumping jacks in the song (yay!) and then “Push It” which is 4 min of squats (body weight) and then 4 min of arms/shoulders. It was a GREAT class!

Friday was Strictly Strength class at work.

Strength at Work!

Saturday, I went to the Y, and ran 3 mi on the treadmill. My IT band is still giving me fits, so I took it slow. It actually felt much better than after my 4 miles last week, so I’ll take it. My first race this year isn’t until May (the Indianapolis Mini Marathon) so I am feeling okay about having some low mile weeks. We are also STILL having snow, so it’s hard to get outside. Better safe than a broken anything!

Today, I will be shoveling the 3-4 inches of snow off the driveway, chasing children and taking the dogs to get their nails trimmed. I think that counts as #sweatnsew!

Oh, and hopefully piecing a little more of my Briar Rose quilt this afternoon! Here it is all laid out in my sewing room on the floor. Hoping for a design wall sometime soon!

Briar Rose laid out and ready to piece!

What Daaay is it!?! You know what day it is!

It’s Wednesday! Mid week check in. ┬áWhat fitness minuets have you done this week?

For me, the week started off a bit slow, but I am feeling much better now.

I ran 3 miles on Monday because it was 49 degrees in Indiana in January. Slow pace, average 10:30 but after the IT band flaring up from the treadmill run, and being sick all night Friday and a very long weekend, I was OK with that. It was a GREAT day to be outside and running! Had to dodge some snow and ice, but well worth it to be outside and not on the treadmill.

Tuesday was a rest day. Perfectly fine with that.

Today, I did a strength and endurance Boot Camp type class at the YMCA. Other than the fact that it was SO packed you could hardly move, it was a good workout. To be honest, I almost walked out when I saw how many people were packed into the room!

I have started tracking my food on FitBit again, maybe this will help me break that 140 lb rut I have been stuck in for so long.

Plan for the rest of the week: Thurs either Zumba at lunch or rest, Friday whole body strength at lunch, Sat off day (or run depending on how I feel) Sunday run 5 miles-long run.

I also think I found a team for Ragnar Chicago!! I super hope so anyway, no one has contacted me back to let me know for sure. I really want to participate in one of these races this year, and would like to do one within driving distance of home.

Also, note that sign ups have opened for the Runner’s World races!! They have a Kid’s Fun Run, a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon. They also do bonus goodies if you do more than one race! ┬áThis would be a family trip for me more than likely, but I have not ruled it out yet. Hopefully I can get a little more details on travel I will be doing for work this year soon, and will be able to make a decision about if we can do this or not.

What race are you looking forward to this year?