Stilettos and Diapers: April 2013

4.30.2013

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC: The race and results

My second half marathon experience was so incredible. The excitement around this race was massive. There were 15,000 runners that got accepted into the lottery and I'm so happy that I was one of them! 

They put the names of every runner on the wall at Georgetown Nike, where we went for the expo and to pick up our race packets. 
Even 2 days before the race, you could feel the energy. There were so many people, all so excited to race!
The boys dropped us off and waited a while in the car before coming to watch. I could just imagine, as I packed their clothes and snacks the night before, what would go down. The hubs would drive forever trying to find parking. He would park, Callan would be asleep and Cooper would suddenly have to pee like a race horse. So, I took matters into my own hands and put an empty screw top wine bottle in the car. I think the hubs was extremely grateful that he didn't have to wrestle 2 pajama clad boys in a port-a-potty. I also think I'm kind of brilliant. Hehe. 
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The race started early with a view of the Capitol. The weather was perfect and I could hardly stand still because of my nervous jitters. 
They seemed to let everyone through the gate at the same time. A couple times, we had to almost come to a complete stop because the crowds were so thick. I had my 2 hour goal in my head and was getting so frustrated that we couldn't move! After about mile 2, it cleared a bit and we caught a little break. 

I felt really good until about mile 8. I got so exhausted. I forgot to eat my energy chews before the run and I don't know if that affected me or not. I hurt my leg after my 8 mile run during training and never ran further than that. All I could think was, I don't know if I can actually do this. Mile 10 was bad at 10:05 minutes. But at about mile 10.5, I saw this. 
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I actually didn't see them before I passed because, apparently, Rachel was over my left shoulder. I was probably singing "girl look at that body" to her. 
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By the time I knew they were there, I was passed them. But, it gave me a push that I needed badly. 
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But my little Cooper didn't see me as I passed and I was yelling back for him. It was all I could do to not turn around and go give him a hug!
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The hubs took some cool shots while he was waiting on us! 
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At the 11 mile mark, I knew I had to step it up if I was going to get there in less than 2 hours and I ran a 8:05 minute mile. My legs felt like they were going to fall off and my feet felt like bricks. At mile 12.5 I stopped and I wanted to quit. I seriously thought I would be happy just sitting and not finishing. I could see the finish line, but it didn't seem to be moving any closer to me. After about a 10 second stop, I realized I was ridiculous and bolted all the way to the finish line. 

With 16 seconds to spare, I made my goal. 

There were firemen in tuxedos waiting at the finish line giving out Tiffany necklaces. There were people posing with them but I just grabbed mine and kept moving for the water. 

We were so happy to be done! This was Rachel's 10th half. The girl's a superstar. 
After we rehydrated and got our little blue bags, we were off to find the boys. They greeted us with an impromptu photo op. 
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I was a happy girl to see these guys! 
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Back home, I surprised myself by being in one piece and still smiling. But we had to make sure we got a shot of our matching ruffle booties. I adored the Lululemon skirt we ran in! 
Showers were immediately followed by celebratory pink champagne, of course!
And even Cooper took part with a little pink lemonade. After all, he pushed me over my hump!
The finisher shirt and the Tiffany necklace were pretty awesome race swag, if you ask me!
I'm so happy I hit my goal, even if it was by a hair! That crunch time at the end made me find strength I didn't know I had. This was an experience that I'll never forget! 


4.29.2013

Holy Chic and Pink {A Fashion Post}

I saw this shirt on Asos and loved it, but would never in my life spend that kind of money on a shirt. So I bought a tee from Target and made my own. I'll give you a DIY soon! (Update, here is the DIY!)
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Shirt: Target Tee turned DIY inspired by this | Jacket: Forever 21 (no longer available) similarsimilar | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: c/o JustFab | Jewelry: Molly Suzanne | Sunnies: Target | Lips: Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

I can't get enough of these shoes from JustFab. They are the Bellagio in Coral. Such love. Every girl needs a pair of pink heels and that was one thing missing from my closet. I know, how could I?! I wore them to the bachelorette party I went to a couple weekends ago and even with 5" heels, my feet weren't even sore after hours of dancing. I consider that a huge success! That just means I can wear them around town all day and my feet be just fine! 

Linking up with Monday Mingle and My Style Monday

4.26.2013

A whole hand: A letter to my 5 year old.

My Dear Cooper, 
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I'm trying to figure out how you're already 5 years old. It seems like yesterday that I was in labor for 2 days, waiting to see your sweet face. I vividly remember bringing you home, to our California apartment that we never intended to be a "family house". You immediately brought such joy to us and made our lives so full. 
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You are the most exhorting little boy I've ever seen. You constantly tell me that I'm beautiful and that you love me more than I love you. Which, by the way, could never be possible. 
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You are smart. So very smart, Cooper. I have no doubt that you are going to do amazing things in your life. You use your smarts to outwit me very frequently. It's frustrating and makes me so proud at the same time. You are the world's best negotiating 5 year old. 

I guarantee it. 
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The world you are growing up in is more and more flawed every day. I want to give you perfect. I want you to grow up in peace and with no fear. Since I can't guarantee you that, I promise to give you all the security and protection that I possibly can. To be there for you whenever you need me and to love you unconditionally. 
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You changed my whole world, Cooper. You made me a Mommy and made my heart feel incredible love I didn't know was possible. You've made me a better person. 
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Tomorrow, you'll be a whole hand. I clearly remember being a whole hand myself and it feels like it wasn't that long ago. Grow slow, my sweet boy. I want to cherish every second I have with you, because I know it's going to go fast. Thinking of sending you off to school this fall actually breaks my heart, because I love spending my days with you. 
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I know you won't be sneaking into our room every night to snuggle for much longer, so you're welcome whenever you want. I'll give up sleep and take a few kicks square in the back for you any day.   photo file_zpse20fed23.jpg
Happy Birthday, my sweet Cooper. I'm honored to celebrate 5 years of life with you and look forward to watching you grow for many more. 

I love you to the moon and back! 

Love,
Mommy 

If you want to read Cooper's birth story, you can find it here.

4.25.2013

A Total Dance Machine: 2013 Kia Soul Review

You may remember I mentioned that I drove this Alien Green Kia Soul to NY for a bachelorette party last weekend. And that car was nothing short of a total dance-party-mobile. 
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When I first saw the car, I was wondering about the roominess of it. I mean, it doesn't look all that big. I was very pleased to see that it scored all 4's and 5's in government safety ratings before heading off for my road trip. The amount of room inside was surprisingly large as well. 
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It was a nice riding car. It had enough pick-me-up, while keeping the gas milage great. I got about 32 MPG on my trip. 
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This car had, hands down, the easiest navigation system I've ever used. The touch screen had large buttons that were easy to read and made sense. 
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The interior was black and khaki. If those seats were a handbag, I'd totally carry it. They just added to the cool factor of this fun car. 
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With plenty of storage space as well as hidden floor compartments, this car impressed me with it's size. I liked how it wasn't a trunk, but a storage space more like an SUV. It wouldn't be hard to fit a stroller back there. With the 60/40 split folding rear seat, you could easily lay long items down through the back. 
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In addition to remembering my phone and syncing to it every time I got in the car, there was a port to charge or play music from a phone that wasn't connected by bluetooth. It was nice to be able to talk while driving and not hold my phone. Especially since it's against the law in NY! 
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The model I had was the Kia Soul! and it has impressive standard features. Heated power folding mirrors, sunroof, 6 speed automatic transmission with eco system, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, USB and auxiliary imput jacks, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, tons of airbags and lots more. All for...wait for it...under $20,000
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That's the highest level model, too. You can get a base model for right at $15,000. Impressive, especially when it comes with Kia's 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and the 5 year 60,000 mile limited basic warranty. 
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And for those wondering about the colorful lights? They were there. Thumping to the sound of the music or a steady light, they were nothing less than awesome. 
The hamsters? You can just imagine them, but with my face. It was party rocking, Kia style.



{Disclaimer: I was given the car above to drive in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}
 

Clean Eating: Stock Your Pantry



I've posted before about my general idea of clean eating. I don't claim to know it all by any means, but this is working for me and I want to share what I can with you! 

While most of my diet is produce, meat and some dairy, I do have my pantry stocked with some essentials. These are things that keep me from falling off the clean eating edge and make it more of a lifestyle than a diet. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Lara Bars: These are my absolute favorite on the go snack. Most of the varieties are made of fruit and nuts. That's it! My favorite flavor is the Coconut Cream Pie. Delish

Quinoa: I do eat brown rice, but since that gets old fast, quinoa is great to add variety to our meals. It's perfect in stir fry, as a side dish or in a casserole. I also use it for one of my favorite lunches, Mexican Quinoa Salad. 

Whole Wheat Couscous: This is another great rice or pasta substitute. I just made an eMealsrecipe with spinach that I will share with you soon. So good! 

Roland Organic Noodles: Organic wheat flour and sea salt are the only ingredients in the Lo Mein and Udon varieties. I get them in the International aisle of my grocery store and we love them. I add chicken, fresh green beans, carrots and teriyaki sauce to make some clean, at home Chinese food. You can use them in place of any kinda of pasta. 

Ezekiel Bread: This bread is a complete source of protein that uses 6 grains and legumes and no actual flour. They sprout the grains and make them into the bread. It is "heartier" than your normal bread, but I find it really filling. I like it with natural peanut butter after a workout. 

Coconut Sugar: I get this at Costco in a massive bag. I don't feel like you need as much as you would sugar, or maybe my taste is just adjusting. I put about 1 tsp in my coffee in the mornings and I use it in baking. 

Coconut Oil Spray: Instead of adding silicone to my foods, I've switched to natural coconut oils spray that I found at Trader Joe's. They have a great selection of clean foods! I've also seen different brands, too, so I'm sure you could find it in your health food store. You can also buy sprayers and use your own oil in them, but I haven't had luck with them actually working.

Honey: I use it for baking and I also drizzle it on plain greek yogurt for a mid morning snack. 

Oats: I make oatmeal with egg whites in it a lot for breakfast, and oats are the base for my protein pancakes. They're very filling, have lots of fiber and are heart healthy. 

Ak-mak crackers: I try to avoid straight carbs as a snack, but sometime you just need a little crunch. I love these crackers. I like to put hummus, tuna or a little cheese on them. 


We've been doing this clean eating stuff for a few months now and having these all in my pantry definitely helps. It's so true that if you're failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!  

In addition to having all the things I need in my pantry, I rely on eMeals to plan my clean dinners. You get a menu sent to you each week, full of new, clean recipes. I love the variety and the simplicity of the recipes, as well as the awesome time savings. Go check them out and try one of the many meal plans, all for around $5 a month. Totally worth it! And, if you use BLISS13 at checkout, you'll save 15% off your order! 


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