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Friday Fun and a Giveaway!

Happy Friday Friends!

Sorry I have not posted in a while, I have been very busy working on Baby C’s room. I have a million blog ideas to share and just not enough time to carry them all through to fruition! So, message me if you want to guest post!  We still have not come up with a name but we have finished building all the furniture! That is a huge accomplishment. Other than baby stuff … life has been pretty calm.

My usual Saturday night… (I won $7)

Wild Saturday

My new PUMPKIN SPICE love…

Pumpkin Spice M&Ms #fitkist

My mission to find Baby C a name…

Names

Since, I have no new fitness information to report today, I wanted to share with you my new love of canvas prints.  AND A GIVEAWAY!!   A while back another amazing blogger shared her resource with me and they sent me a trial print for review. The site is called Easy Canvas Prints.

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photos on canvas

I decided to use one of the pictures from our wedding and include the little one on the way as well.  If he was here already I would have definitely printed one of him.  I will say the process of ordering was easy and the site walks you through all the options. Even the novice computer user will find the process simple.

Here is the final product… notice Baby C’s picture in our canvas print is on the table too!

Easy Canvas Print

The end product was delivered quickly and packaged amazingly! I really do love it. I must admit that in this case ‘size does matter’ and I would go for the biggest one you can afford. The 8 x 10 that we received is amazing but we just didn’t have a place to fit it on the wall.  As a result I mounted it on a stand on one of our foyer tables. It really is cute and I highly recommend you check out their site.

Plus, they have generously offered to give away a FREE 8 x 10 print to one lucky winner. Just enter on the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  Ends 9/20.

Everyone who enters will also get a 60% off coupon for entering. (US mailing addresses only) It’s definitely worth it! You could even get one of your favorite race or workout accomplishment!

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Have you ever bought a canvas print? Did you like it? Where did you put it in your house??

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Coconut Water Review

I’M BACK! 

After a few month hiatus perhaps you are wondering what I have been up to.   The last race I participated in was Iron Girl – Clearwater back it April.  It was a tough one but I am so glad I did it.  I suffered a little dehydration after but more than anything I LOVED the pancake bar!  I am mini-germ freak so the self yourself sloppy bananas and strawberry toppings was a little freaky but still really tasty!

Also, a few months after the engagement we found out we had a little surprise bundle on the way!  It’s A BOY and we have no idea what to name him, so I welcome your suggestions!   And, we had a mini marriage ceremony in Charleston (just the three of us) in June.   Just a little preview picture.  Since our ceremony was so short we don’t have that many.  😦  We are planning a church wedding in 2014 since we did not get to celebrate with anyone – not even our parents.  Sorry!

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 5 Months Pregnant Tummy

 

Many people have encouraged me to start blogging again even though my fitness goals have been put on hold.  So, I am back! 

For now, I will blog about healthy choices and mini fitness accomplishments I can make while still pregnant.  It won’t be hardcore but I hope to make it interesting.  I am not going to guarantee a pregnancy free post every time but don’t expect a full blown baby takeover either!

Back to the review, my family comes from a country with a tropical locale and as such I recently heard a story about when my parents were dating, after they had a fun night of partying they would buy coconut water right off the street and drink it to replenish and refresh.  Allegedly, it was amazing!  In response, I decided to research and taste this new hyper-trendy beverage.

Benefits have been reported to include:

Benefits of Coconut Water

I have read some articles where professional athletes swear by it, often replacing their engineered sports drinks with it.  I have even heard it helps with a hangover.  But, nothing is really 100% guaranteed.

Either way I had to give it a try.  I tried Vita Coco pure coconut water, you get around 11 ounces for $2.  I was excited to try to adopt a new post-race beverage.  One that was all natural and like a superhero for my liver! They do an excellent job marketing it and I love that it does not come from a coconut concentrate.  There are three ingredients, the first of which is you guessed it:  Coconut Water!  Ultra Natural!  (I bought the bottle myself, they did not sponsor this post in anyway.  This is just my opinion.)

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(Insert sadface) I did not love it.  I didn’t like the smell and although the taste was not bad by any means it was not something I would want to chug after a long workout either.  It didn’t have the suntan lotion coconut flavor I was hoping for.  I had a taste test around the office and the reviews were certainly mixed.  Some people did not mind and some just down right hated it.  But, for me I think the taste was just so-so.  I don’t think I would buy it again.  I think if you are a recreational athlete then just plain ol’ H2O should work for you.  I do suggest if you are curious to buy yourself a single bottle and do a little taste testing of your own.  The most you’ll lose is $2 or so and maybe you will love it and have a new sports drink replacement.  The fact that its natural should spur you to at least try it.  I wish I could have loved it more.

I am glad to be back and would love to hear from you!

Have you ever tried coconut water? 

Did you like it and how often do you drink it?

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Winning – Training – Engaging

WINNING

No, I am NOT Charlie Sheen.  I actually won a free entry into a 5K off of Active.com.  I have been trying for years and I finally won!  I won an entry to race in the  Wrucha’s 5K Run at Gasden Park.  The value was $30 and I was so excited.  The bad part it was on a Sunday morning in South, South, South Tampa.

Rob and I had to attend a church meeting that day so I knew I would not have time to drive to the race, go home and change and make it on time.  So, I decided to post the bib up on Run Tampa and it was gone in an instant.  Ever better it went to someone who is awesome and beautiful and a Run Tampa member and I did not even know it!  Her name is also Melissa – which is cool!!  Melissa was part of my Color Run team because she is friends with my friend Brandi.  Small world…

She made it to the race and finished and looked great doing it.  I looked for her time but it was not posted.  Maybe she will share with us… (hint, hint)  She also ran in a Jack Daniels hat which further increases my fondness for her.

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Congrats on your Race!

TRAINING

I have finally started training with my new training plan!  This week I have been focusing on getting back into the groove.  Zumba and running and walking oh my!  I have been adding more veggies daily and have also been focusing on trying to get more sleep.  I usually stay up late doing homework  or reading and then fall asleep with a book on my face.  I need my ZZZZs.

Another thing I have been doing is putting lemons in my water.  After doing a little Pinterest research I am finding that lemon water is great for weight loss.  Pinterest is a reliable source right? Well either way here the stuff I have learned..

Lemons, specifically lemon juice,  is good for digestion, boosting your immune system through Vitamin C, possibly anticarcinogenic, high in potassium, antibacterial (which I am all about), antiseptic, and the list goes on!

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It’s refreshing and its supposed to be very good for your liver.  It has detoxifying properties which I really need!  I found this “outfit” on Polyvore – cracks me up every time.Liver Hater

I plan to keep you posted on weight loss and the training as it comes along.  I am headed to Gasparilla for the 15K in late February so I am super nervous: my goals are to finish and beat my half pace of 16:36.  Both of which Mary is helping me do with the excellent training plan.  If you don’t know Mary find her inspirational, awesomeness here.

ENGAGING

Lastly Rob and I are working on a playlist for the DJ at the engagement party and it is tougher than you think.  I was trying to pick songs that are lovey dovey, familiar and fun. The list below is what I am starting with but editing is guaranteed.  The are in no particular order either.

No haters please but I certainly welcome your input!  If I am missing something please tell me and if you hate one keep that to yourself.  We have an eclectic family so we have to play all kinds of music.  I really need some new ones for the Island portion. I also think I will use the “Fun/Dance” songs for my next run playlist.  Without further ado…

Engagement Party Playlist

Playlist For An Engagement Party 2013!

Love

Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)

Diamonds (Rihanna)

Someone Like You (VSQ)

Feeling Good (Michael Buble)

Better Together (Jack Johnson)

In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

Lady In Red (Chris De Burgh)

The Way You Look Tonight (Rod Stewart)

Love Song (Sara Bareilles)

I Could Not Ask for More (Edwin McCain)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Faithfully (Journey)

Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge

Halo – Beyonce

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Rod Stewart)

Marry Me (Train)

All My Life – K-Ci and Jojo

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

My Love (Justin Timberlake)

Your Song – (Elton John)

Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore (REO Speedwagon)

Love Song – (311)

 

Fun/Dance

I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

Get Low (Florida)

Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars)

Beauty and the Beat (Justin Beiber)

I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)

C’mon (Ke$ha)

Scream and Shout (Will.I.Am/Britney)

One More Night (Maroon 5)

Don’t Stop The Party (Pitbull)

As Long As You Love Me (Justin Beiber)

Cheers (Rhianna)

Pound the Alarm (Nikki Manaj)

Where Have You Been (Rhianna)

We Are Young (Fun)

Titanium (David Guetta)

Lights (Ellie Goulding)

Single Ladies (Beyonce)

Raise Your Glass (PINK)

Cha Cha Slide (Casper)

Cupid Shuffle (Cupid)

Just Dance (Lady GaGa)

Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)

Rain Over Me – (Pitbull)

We Run The Night – (Havana Brown)

No One Like You – (Scorpions)

 

Country

Dirt Road Anthem (Jason Aldean)

My Kind Of Party (Jason Aldean)

Goodbye In Her Eyes (Zac Brown Band)

Keep Me In Mind (Zac Brown)

Toes (Zac Brown)

Cowboy Casanova (Carrie Underwood)

Colder Weather (Zac Brown)

People Are Crazy (Billy Currington)

A Woman Like You (Lee Brice)

Tornado (Little Big Town)

Pontoon (Little Big Town)

Come Back Song (Darius Rucker)

Island

Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter/Arrow)

Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte)

Shaggy (Angel)

Shake Senora (Pitbull)

Dollar Wine (Bryon Lee)

One Love (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Fools Rush In (UB40)

Tiney Winey (Bryon Lee)

Red, Red Wine (UB40)

Three Little Birds (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

 Have you ever won a race entry?

Do you drink lemon water?

What do you think of the playlist?

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