Weekly Wishes #2

Maybe I should call this biweekly wishes. Ugh. I blog for a week and then I take a break. Blog for a week. Take a break. Eventually I’ll blog every week, right? Wishful thinking? Who knows!

Last Week’s Wishes (Errr…two week’s ago wishes…)

  • Create an allowance chart for the boys. They’ve been begging for an allowance and I think it’s time. We figured we would make a chart and they could each earn a maximum of $2.50 each week for doing their regular chores. Of course, I reminded both of them that if we start this, it means the end to small treats here and there at the store. They will have to buy their own little treats from now on.DONE! I need to do a blog post on this. We’ve been using it for two weeks and it’s great!
  • Make a Frozen ringtone for my phone. I use this tutorial that I found on Pinterest to make a ringtone from my favorite song snippet. I am obsessed with Let It Go…just like every other mom on the planet. :)When my phone rings, every child within a 20 foot radius swivels their heads wildly, looking for Elsa. I secretly LOVE this.
  • Spending freeze! It’s Spring Break so this will be TOUGH. I am not allowing myself to buy anything other than food or other household necessities.Umm…I’m going to call this a 50% victory. We didn’t eat out during the week for the two weeks, and I didn’t buy any running clothes. But we did make one major purchase. I’ll get to that in another blog post.
  • Read two books. I’m so far behind on my 75 books for the year challenge.I read Bite-Sized Magic by Kathryn Littlewood. It’s the third in a J fiction series about a family that runs a magic bakery. So fun. I also read I Even Funnier by James Patterson. I really enjoy James Patterson’s young adult books, even though I’m curious exactly how involved he actually is in writing these books. This week I’ve already read Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. The synopsis turned me off immediately, but then the book started popping up on top read lists. It surprised me and I found that I really enjoyed it. Definitely a fresh twist on dystopian teen fiction. I’m currently reading Philippa Gregory’s Changeling, which is first in her young adult series, Order of Darkness. I enjoy her adult fiction, so it’s no surprised I’m liking this one so far.
  • Call and schedule a haircut for myself. Oh man…the mop is getting a bit unruly!NOPE! This needs to happen soon! My hair can reach my mouth, which is not good with this KS wind we’ve been having. I was enjoying not having hair stick to my lipgloss!
  • Take the boys and their bikes to the park. I have been promising them this FOREVER. It’s time mama made good on her promise.I took the boys to the park, but not the bikes. Partial win.
  • Heal my shin splints. My 10 mile run caused a bit of damage. My left shin is tender and sore. Walking and elliptical until Thursday when I’ll do a slow test run. Fingers crossed I can still get my big 12 mile run this coming Friday.I had a good week of running two weeks ago, but last week was a challenge and this week doesn’t seem to be starting off much better. My form is off. And I seem to be fighting off some sort of pancreatitis or minor gall bladder attack.

This Week’s Wishes

  • HAIRCUT!
  • BLOG!
  • Call and schedule doctor appointments for the boys. Every year I drag my feet more and more. I don’t even think they need shots this year.
  • Ride my bike. We replaced our bike rack that someone stole half of off my car last fall. I need to pick one of the days that Blue has school and bring my bike in even for just a little 10mi ride. If not this week, then definitely next week. Cross training does the body good!

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Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Daddy Man: What was your favorite part about the circus?
Brown and Blue: The elephant poop!

Blue: What are you watching?
Me: Star Trek Into Darkness
Blue: I don’t even know what that is. And it’s weird.

Blue opens a birthday present and it’s a pack of two telescoping pens, just like the ones they are always borrowing from their great-grandpa.
Brown: That’s not a present! That’s office supplies!

Blue: I want to go to DisneyLand and DisneyWorld someday, but I think they should build a Disney Universe here in Wichita. That would be awesome. Like Glove Universe on Spongebob.

Blue sees a Frozen on DVD commercial and loses his marbles.
Me: I thought you were too cool for princess-y stuff now.
Blue: Frozen isn’t princess-y, Mom! It’s sister-y!!

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Is there anything better than kid selfies!?

Consumer Mom Tuesday – My Make-Up!

Today on Consumer Mom Tuesday we are going to talk about something that most women enjoy…MAKE-UP! My love affair with make-up has been very on again off again my entire life. I was drawn to it as a teenager and thanks to a Mary Kay lady for a mom I had a lot of help learning how to wear it correctly. In high school, I wore it for fun from time to time. In college, I didn’t bother with it, outside of mascara and the occasional full face for a fun event. As a young mom, I didn’t have time. It wasn’t until after Blue was born that I started wearing it regularly.

I’ve tried lots of different brands and different formulations through the years. I’ve used liquid foundation, cream to powder foundation, and mineral powder foundation. I’ve messed around with eye liner and bronzer. After a lot of trial and error, I settled on my current routine. So here it is, my daily make-up routine for the active mom who likes to look polished, yet natural.

A good make-up routine starts with a good skin care routine. Since having the boys and starting running, I have developed some adult acne, especially on my forehead and chin. I tried over-the-counter acne creams and cleansers with little success. My mom suggested I try out Mary Kay’s new Clear Proof line. It cleared my face up within a week! I’ve never had anything work so well.

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So my routine starts in the shower with the Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel, which I didn’t take a picture of because it’s in my shower. But here’s my naked before face.

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I start by spot treating my t-zone with the Clear Proof Pore-Purifying Serum. I also put a small amount of Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer on my cheeks, because my skin is ridiculous and combination. My t-zone is as oily as an awesome cheeseburger and my cheeks are as dry as dried minced onions. Yeah…we had burgers for dinner the night I wrote this post…can you tell?

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Then I apply Mary Kay’s new CC Cream, blending it over my whole face. It’s AWESOME. I’ve tried tinted moisturizers in the past, but the texture was always off and the coverage wasn’t quite enough. CC Cream is the best of both worlds. It’s so smooth and gives just enough coverage to cover my blotchiness and uneven skin tone spots. AND it has broad spectrum SPF15.

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And here’s the after with just CC Cream on.

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Then comes my favorite part…eye make-up! I never perfected eyeliner, so about six months ago I finally gave up. Instead I switched to eye crayons. Mary Kay’s @Play line is excellent. I have almost every shade they’ve ever made. My current favorite is the new Teal Me More. I put a thick line on my upper lid at the lash line and a small smudge line in the outer corner of my bottom lash line. A swipe of mascara on my top lashes, and my eyes are done. I’ve used Maybelline classic mascara FOREVER. It’s my favorite stuff. I switch my mascara out every four months and I can stock up on Maybelline with coupons. Plus, they make my favorite shade…brownish black.

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My blush routine is new…ok, very new. I just got this stuff (Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick) last Monday, but I am hooked. I love any kind of make-up that resembles a crayon. No brushes to keep track of and clean weekly. I put a swipe on each cheek, like a football player, and then smudge it with my fingers.

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I’m a lip gloss lover, so I have oodles of it. I have just about every shade of Maybelline BabyLips, every flavor of EOS, and a couple Mary Kay lipglosses. This is my current favorite. I finally tracked it down at Walgreens. The tiny little mini tub is SOOOO CUTE! Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips…get some!

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And now here’s the final product! It probably takes me less time to apply it all than it did for you to read this post. I feel pretty when I have my face done like this. Now that I’ve regularly been doing my make-up, I feel naked when I forget it. Oh the trials of being a woman/girl!

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If anyone is interested in Mary Kay and doesn’t have a Mary Kay lady, my mama is awesome! Here’s her website. She didn’t even give me any free product to put that plug in here. 🙂

What are your favorite products? Do you like to play with new stuff or are you a creature of habit?
 
Do you wear make-up every day? How long is your routine?
 
Do you have mom acne too?

Weekly Wishes #1

I decided to join in this link-up for goal setting. Six Cherries On Top is the blog where I found it. Joni’s blog is super cute…you should check it out! She’s a fellow mother runner.

Since I don’t have any “last week’s wishes” to update on. Here’s my goals and challenges for this week.

  • Create an allowance chart for the boys. They’ve been begging for an allowance and I think it’s time. We figured we would make a chart and they could each earn a maximum of $2.50 each week for doing their regular chores. Of course, I reminded both of them that if we start this, it means the end to small treats here and there at the store. They will have to buy their own little treats from now on.
  • Make a Frozen ringtone for my phone. I use this tutorial that I found on Pinterest to make a ringtone from my favorite song snippet. I am obsessed with Let It Go…just like every other mom on the planet. 🙂
  • Spending freeze! It’s Spring Break so this will be TOUGH. I am not allowing myself to buy anything other than food or other household necessities.
  • Read two books. I’m so far behind on my 75 books for the year challenge.
  • Call and schedule a haircut for myself. Oh man…the mop is getting a bit unruly!
  • Take the boys and their bikes to the park. I have been promising them this FOREVER. It’s time mama made good on her promise.
  • Heal my shin splints. My 10 mile run caused a bit of damage. My left shin is tender and sore. Walking and elliptical until Thursday when I’ll do a slow test run. Fingers crossed I can still get my big 12 mile run this coming Friday.

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Musings of a Mother Runner

I know Friday is supposed to be a post about something relaxing, but I’ve got running on the mind. Why?

Because I ran TEN miles this morning. TEN. Double digits. Woah.

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People ask me all the time why I run. Have I ever done a post about that? I can’t remember. I know I planned to. But yeah…I run for lots of reasons. I run to stay in shape. I run so I eat. I REALLY like food. I run for my own sanity. I run to get away from my to-do list. I run to take a break from my kids.

But I also run for my people. It takes a village to raise kids, and it takes a village to support a mother runner. My mom watched Brown this morning who started spring break today so I could get my ten miles in. I love my people. I have a close family, which I’ve talked about before. My VIPs would be my husband, my kids, my mom, my dad, my two sets of grandparents, my brother, my aunts, my inlaws, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They all keep me going. I think about them a lot on my runs.

I realized this morning as I was going through the motions of TEN miles that my runs are supported by them. Nearly all of my gear has been bought by them.

My husband got me the running top I ran today for Valentine’s Day. He also ordered me a whole box of my favorite Honey Stinger cherry cola energy chews that kept me going. My sons picked out my socks for me for Valentine’s Day. My mom and dad gave me my hydration belt for Christmas. My inlaws gave me my shoes for Christmas. My aunts gave me my iPod Shuffle for Christmas. My Mema and Pa gave me my Garmin for Christmas. My Jidi and Gma gave me the birthday money that I used to guy my Tifosi sunglasses.

They are all with me when I run. I owe a chunk of my success as a runner to them.

So thanks to my village. I couldn’t run without you!

Runnerd, Geek Out! – The Essential Piece of Gear

I saw a meme last week that said something like, “All you need to run is running shoes and a good sports bra.” I thought…WRONG! There’s so much more that you “need.” Tech clothes. Fun socks. Water bottles. Nutrition supplements. Compression sleeves. iPod Shuffle. Garmin watch. The list goes on!

Ok, ok…so you don’t NEED any of those things to run, but they sure can make it easier, more fun, and maybe make you feel a bit more like a real runner.

There is, however, one piece of gear that I find essential, outside of properly fitted running shoes. It’s a bit underrated, and I never thought it would be something that I would spend so much time finding just the right one.

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Here’s a series of pictures from my 2013 races. Can you spot the one thing that’s in all of them? It might not be obvious at first. They are either on my face or on my head in all of them. My dependable Tifosi Optics Podium S Interchangeable sunglasses! I NEVER run outside without them.

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You are probably thinking…sunglasses are an essential piece of running gear? You betcha. Before I got these bad boys, I was wearing either my regular pair of cheapo tortoise shell big frame sunglasses from Target or the free ones I got at the Color Me Rad race. I would often notice a headache after my runs. I figured it was because I was still a new runner and my body was adjusting. Then my running coach, aka Daddy Man, suggested I look at getting a pair of athletic sunglasses. And as usual, when it comes to all things athletic, he was right.

The number one reason to get running sunglasses…they are insanely lightweight. I forget they are on my face. When I push them up when I’m done running, I forget they are on my head. I’ve gotten in the shower with them on before only to discover them when I go to shampoo. Lightweight sunglasses = no headache for this runner!

So, why did I choose Tifosi? When I first started the hunt for running sunglasses, I had three criteria…a pair that would fit my child-sized face, a pair that wouldn’t pinch my temples, and a pair with interchangeable lenses. I wear these when I ride my bike as well and on a cloudy day when I don’t need sunglasses I still want a set of clear lenses that I can pop in…because bugs in your eyes suck.

I looked at Oakleys, but they pinched my head and caused more pain than my cheapo Color Me Rad pair. They are also a bit on the pricey side. I looked at Smith Optics. I love the look of their sunglasses, but they are unfortunately made for people with average to large size adult heads…not me. I wasn’t about to drop $100 on sunglasses only to have them fall off my head.

In the end, I went with the Tifosi Podium S. They are a smaller size than their regular Podiums. I like the sleek look of them and the pop of color with the pink temple pieces. They stay where I put them, even if I wear them over a Bondi Band covering my ears on a cool morning run. The lenses are easy to change, and the set comes in a nice storage case. And they didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I got the whole set for under $70.

If you are a new runner, make a good, properly fitted pair of running shoes your first priority and lightweight sunglasses a close second.

How Do You Do It? – Sometimes You Don’t

I love that the last post I did was about time management. Because for the last two weeks, I have struggled to juggle everything. So here’s my excuses… Blue turned five on the 28th, so we were busy for about three days preparing for birthday festivities. On top of that, work was crazy. I had a big program the first Saturday of the month. Planning this big super Saturday events at the library is akin to planning a wedding. And on top of all of that, Daddy Man and my training plans have increased. I’m up to running 24+ miles per week, including my first 9-miler on Blue’s birthday. Daddy Man has his first big brick workout this weekend. It’s non-stop swim, bike, run around our house.

Ok…so there’s my excuses. Oh wait, there’s a couple more… The past week was spent playing catch-up. The laundry piled up and I was forced to use overflow tubs. It was clean, but not put away. The sink always seemed to have dishes in it, but at least I was keeping up with cooking and we weren’t eating take-out every night.

So how do I do it? Sometimes I don’t. And thanks OK. Sometimes the laundry piles up for the sake of extra family time or extra miles in my running shoes. Sometimes the dishes don’t get done, but Daddy Man and I get an extra hour to watch TV together and go to bed early.

I have lots of fun things planned for the blog. I just need to get them out of my head and onto the computer screen. Lots of run stuff to share. Lots of funny things my kids have said or done. Stay tuned!