Things I’m Loving Lately #13

It has been far too long since I’ve talked about thing things I’m crushing on lately. I’ve included everything from a really delicious Instant Pot recipe to the cutest winter boot wedge to a couple things I’m putting on my Christmas wish list.

Sarah Marie Design Studio Sweatshirt

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How fun is this sweatshirt?! I’ve seen a lot of pieces from Sarah Marie Design Studio floating around on my social media feed, and when I saw this sweatshirt, I knew it had to be mine. She has a TON of fun running-related sweatshirts, tops, mugs, and things that would make awesome gifts!

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Instant Pot Chicken Pho

This surpassed all of my expectations! I can’t believe I forgot to share this phenomenal recipe with you guys. This Instant Pot Chicken Pho is so-so-so good! This is the Instant Pot I have, and I have made everything from salmon to Minestrone Soup to rice in it.

Sorel Lea Wedge

I know I’ve mentioned these booties before, but I recently ordered them in a second color, which should show you how obsessed I am with them! (I rarely have two of the same thing.) They are so great for the winter because they are waterproof, grippy on the bottom, and incredibly comfortable! I can’t recommend these enough!

Long Cradigan

I tried on several long cardigans like this, and this one was by far the best. I love the cut, the material, and especially how warm it is! I’ve already worn it twice this week! Ha!

Perfect Pumpkin Granola

I am a sucker for the pretty packages of granola at the store, but then every time I try them, I’m always disappointed. And really, it doesn’t take very long to make granola at home. This Favorite Pumpkin Granola took me about 20-30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake.

 

 

Beautycounter promo

I am currently offering a chance for you to win one of my favorite Beautycounter items: the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum. It has done wonders for my skin and makes my skin so soft! Plus, it isn’t filled with nasty chemicals.

Now through Monday, November 20, 2018, when you make any purchase–through me–you will get an entry to win a full-sized bottle of the Radiance Serum.

On top of that, when you make any purchase, you will get to pick one free sample of the 3 items listed below. If you spend $75, you will receive 2 samples, and a purchase of $100 or more will get you all 3 samples.

Sample options:

(enough for at least one week of use)

Balancing Facial Oil No. 3

Nourishing Day Cream

Charcoal Cleansing Bar 

*Click on any of the links to start shopping.

 

 

Patagnoia Quilt Pullover

This Patagonia Quilt Pullover has actually on my wish list for a while now. It looks so soft and cozy, and I love my other Patagonia pullover.

 

Arc’Teryx Patera Parka

It is sad how many jackets you need in order to live in Alaska. I used to make fun of my husband for how many jackets he owns, but now I am turning into him. It is hard because you need winter jackets, summer jackets, spring/fall jackets, nice jackets, jacket you can play in, etc. I am also putting this Arc’Teryx jacket on my wish list because it is really warm but not quite as bulky as my The North Face Jacket.

Cullen and I are going on a stroller run now. I’m sure it will be slow-going trying to push the stroller through new snow we got this morning, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

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Weekend Highlights

We had a little extended weekend as Craig was off for Veteran’s Day on Friday.

I got up early that morning at 6:00 a.m. and cleaned the house because I hadn’t done it the night before (which is usually not the case). Craig and Cullen woke up around 8:30 a.m., and then I went for a run in the daylight! I just did an easy 5 miles around my neighborhood. (Side note: I’ve been running in this same neighborhood for 10 years, but I’m not sick of my routes. I actually prefer to know a route because it goes by a lot faster than a new route.)

I’ve had problems with my watching dying on cold runs. The battery was 40% charged, and it still died. Has anyone else had this problem?

 

When I got back, Craig went to the gym while I got ready for the day. We went to the coffee shop and hung out while Cullen played with the toys. (It is one of his favorite places to go and thing to do.)

Afterwards we went to Cabela’s because Craig had a gift card to use from his birthday. (It is impressive he waited an entire week to use it.) Cullen insisted on bringing in Mr. Moose with him, which is actually a stuffed decor item with a metal rod through it, so not snuggly like a regular stuffed animal would be.

We also made a stop at Skinny Raven because on your days off from work, don’t you want to spend them at your place of employment? Ha! I guess that goes to show you how much I love my job–and the people I work with!

When we got back home, we hung out, I made the Recovery Quinoa Salad from Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook, and had dinner. I also cleaned up the house (again), did some laundry, and was in bed by 9:45 p.m.

Saturday morning I did a long-ish run of 11 miles. I ran from my house, to my friend Kelly’s house, ran 5 miles with her, and then ran back home. It is a great way to break up a run! I wasn’t sure if I would be able to run 11 miles, or if I would have to cut it short since last week’s 9 miler went okay but not great.

With the snow we got last weekend, I am being reminded how much more fatigued my legs get running on snow and ice. Every day leaves my legs–especially hamstrings and glutes–feeling sore like I just lifted weights. Of course at the beginning of every winter I forget this.

The rest of Saturday was spent working. Sunday morning I did some blog and Beautycounter work before Craig and Cullen woke up. Then we got ready, went to church, and then I worked all afternoon, came home, cleaned the house (Do you see a pattern?), and the day flew by without a picture!

I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

Weekend Highlights

We had a little extended weekend as Craig was off for Veteran’s Day on Friday.

I got up early that morning at 6:00 a.m. and cleaned the house because I hadn’t done it the night before (which is usually not the case). Craig and Cullen woke up around 8:30 a.m., and then I went for a run in the daylight! I just did an easy 5 miles around my neighborhood. (Side note: I’ve been running in this same neighborhood for 10 years, but I’m not sick of my routes. I actually prefer to know a route because it goes by a lot faster than a new route.)

I’ve had problems with my watching dying on cold runs. The battery was 40% charged, and it still died. Has anyone else had this problem?

 

When I got back, Craig went to the gym while I got ready for the day. We went to the coffee shop and hung out while Cullen played with the toys. (It is one of his favorite places to go and thing to do.)

Afterwards we went to Cabela’s because Craig had a gift card to use from his birthday. (It is impressive he waited an entire week to use it.) Cullen insisted on bringing in Mr. Moose with him, which is actually a stuffed decor item with a metal rod through it, so not snuggly like a regular stuffed animal would be.

We also made a stop at Skinny Raven because on your days off from work, don’t you want to spend them at your place of employment? Ha! I guess that goes to show you how much I love my job–and the people I work with!

When we got back home, we hung out, I made the Recovery Quinoa Salad from Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook, and had dinner. I also cleaned up the house (again), did some laundry, and was in bed by 9:45 p.m.

Saturday morning I did a long-ish run of 11 miles. I ran from my house, to my friend Kelly’s house, ran 5 miles with her, and then ran back home. It is a great way to break up a run! I wasn’t sure if I would be able to run 11 miles, or if I would have to cut it short since last week’s 9 miler went okay but not great.

With the snow we got last weekend, I am being reminded how much more fatigued my legs get running on snow and ice. Every day leaves my legs–especially hamstrings and glutes–feeling sore like I just lifted weights. Of course at the beginning of every winter I forget this.

The rest of Saturday was spent working. Sunday morning I did some blog and Beautycounter work before Craig and Cullen woke up. Then we got ready, went to church, and then I worked all afternoon, came home, cleaned the house (Do you see a pattern?), and the day flew by without a picture!

I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

Brooks Launch – Shoe Review

If you have been following along for a while, you know how much I love the Brooks Launch.  I have been wearing the Launches for a couple of years now, and while there are other shoes I like, these are my go-to for everything: easy runs, tempo workouts, track days, etc. I love how versatile they are, how well they fit my foot, and they are the perfect amount of shoe for me–not too much and too bulky, but not so little that it feels like I’m running in a ballet flat.

Here are a few quick stats on the shoes.

Brooks Launch

Weight: 7.5oz.

Heel-to-toe drop: 10mm

Support: Neutral

Generations: currently on the 4th edition, the 5th edition is slated to come out next year, and I’ve heard it is a good one!

I’ve owned the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation and love them all. Each edition has had updates done to it, but I haven’t noticed that much of a difference between the generations.

Pros:

  • Good if you have a wider foot. (The Launch does not come in a wide, but it is great for my foot that is wider but not a true wide.)
  • Lightweight, less shoe, ability to “feel the ground more”
  • Reasonable price-point for a really good running shoe at $100
  • Responsive yet not too cushioned that I don’t feel like my energy is being wasted in the shoe
  • Fun colors
  • Snug heel cup (I often don’t like a particular shoe because of the heel cup, but this is so snug on my heel, and is the perfect fit for me.)

Cons:

  • Since it is a lighter weight shoe, it won’t have as much cushion as say the Brooks Ghost or Brooks Glycerin
  • The one complaint I’ve heard from two friends is that the heel cup dug into their heel funny and caused them to get blisters. I’ve personally never had this problem, but I did think it was odd that two friends (my coach, Nichole, and my friend, Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit) both said the same thing happen to them.
  • Lifespan is only about 300-400 miles. Since this is a lighter weight shoe, it will break down more quickly.

You can say I’ve become a little bit of a shoe snob since working at a running store, but it has been nice because I am able to try on a ton of different running shoes and dial in what works for me!

If you are interested in trying a pair of the Brooks Launch for yourself, they are on sale right now for $75 + free shipping! There are a lot of color options and still a full size run in everything! Be cautioned that the Launches are a neutral shoe, so if you pronate when you run, this shoe may not provide enough support for your foot.

Happy running!!

Brooks Launch – Shoe Review

If you have been following along for a while, you know how much I love the Brooks Launch.  I have been wearing the Launches for a couple of years now, and while there are other shoes I like, these are my go-to for everything: easy runs, tempo workouts, track days, etc. I love how versatile they are, how well they fit my foot, and they are the perfect amount of shoe for me–not too much and too bulky, but not so little that it feels like I’m running in a ballet flat.

Here are a few quick stats on the shoes.

Brooks Launch

Weight: 7.5oz.

Heel-to-toe drop: 10mm

Support: Neutral

Generations: currently on the 4th edition, the 5th edition is slated to come out next year, and I’ve heard it is a good one!

I’ve owned the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation and love them all. Each edition has had updates done to it, but I haven’t noticed that much of a difference between the generations.

Pros:

  • Good if you have a wider foot. (The Launch does not come in a wide, but it is great for my foot that is wider but not a true wide.)
  • Lightweight, less shoe, ability to “feel the ground more”
  • Reasonable price-point for a really good running shoe at $100
  • Responsive yet not too cushioned that I don’t feel like my energy is being wasted in the shoe
  • Fun colors
  • Snug heel cup (I often don’t like a particular shoe because of the heel cup, but this is so snug on my heel, and is the perfect fit for me.)

Cons:

  • Since it is a lighter weight shoe, it won’t have as much cushion as say the Brooks Ghost or Brooks Glycerin
  • The one complaint I’ve heard from two friends is that the heel cup dug into their heel funny and caused them to get blisters. I’ve personally never had this problem, but I did think it was odd that two friends (my coach, Nichole, and my friend, Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit) both said the same thing happen to them.
  • Lifespan is only about 300-400 miles. Since this is a lighter weight shoe, it will break down more quickly.

You can say I’ve become a little bit of a shoe snob since working at a running store, but it has been nice because I am able to try on a ton of different running shoes and dial in what works for me!

If you are interested in trying a pair of the Brooks Launch for yourself, they are on sale right now for $75 + free shipping! There are a lot of color options and still a full size run in everything! Be cautioned that the Launches are a neutral shoe, so if you pronate when you run, this shoe may not provide enough support for your foot.

Happy running!!

Why are Parabens so Bad?

Since starting with Beautycounter as a consultant, I’ve been learning so much about all the different toxic chemicals in our health and beauty products. I haven’t eliminated every single un-safe product for a safer option yet, but as I use up products, I am replacing them with a safer option.

Once you start paying attention to the labels and ingredient lists, it is crazy how many unpronounceable and unrecognizable things there are in our food, health, beauty, and cleaning products.

Parabens are one ingredient that we hear a lot about, so I’m going to highlight this one first. What are parabens? Why are they potentially bad? Why does Beautycounter ban them from their products?

What are parabens?

Parabens are added to health and beauty products such as deodorant, toothpaste, and make-ups to stop the growth of bacteria, fungus, and other microbs. They have been used since the 1950s and are very inexpensive to add to products.

Look for these parabens on your ingredient’s list: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.

Why are parabens so bad?

Parabens have a estrogen-like property that is absorbed through the skin. Estrogen is a hormone in the body that causes breast cells to multiply and divide. Since parabens are absorbed into our bodies, the worry is that they could cause estrogen hormones to multiply and divide even more thereby leading to breast cancer. The correlation hasn’t been proven, but over many years of using these products, we don’t know how it will affect our bodies.

Why does Beautycounter ban them from their products?

Even though parabens haven’t been directly linked to cancer, there is the potential with use over time they could be harmful to our bodies, and Beautycounter doesn’t mess around with any potentially-harmful ingredients. They have banned 1500 ingredients from their products because they are not taking their chances on questionable ingredients. All of Beautycounter’s products are independently tested by a third-party for any of these harmful ingredients.

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A couple of new product lines Beautycounter recently released that I wanted to highlight:

Countermatch

A few months ago, Beautycounter released their Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, and it sold out within 24 hours! Then they restocked the product, and it sold out again! I finally got my hands on a bottle last month, and I now understand all the hype!

The Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion is designed to adapt to your skin and add moisture is areas that are dry and not add moisture in areas that are oily. I’ve always had combination skin, so this is perfect for me. For once, at the end of the day, my skin is not glistening with oil!

Just this past week, Beautycounter released the remainder of this collection:

Intense Moisture Serum

Eye Rescue Cream

Adaptive Moisture Lotion

Recovery Sleeping Cream

Holiday Collection

I won’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and I can’t listen to Christmas music until then either, but I will start thinking about gifts I want to give and buy for others. (It’s one of my favorite things about the holidayspicking out that perfect gift for each person.)

I know I will be giving Beautycounter to some of my friends and family because I want them to experience how amazing the products are and that you don’t have to compromise the safety of your products for sub-par performance.

There are many gifts that can be split into individual gifts, and almost all of the gifts are valued higher than what they actually cost, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here are some of my favorites:

Multi-Masker Set The 3 masks (Brightening, Plumping, Balancing) together in one set that could easily be divided into 3 individual gifts. $68 (value $105)

Winter Jewels Palette This palette has all the make-up you need to feel ready for the day: eyeshadow, eyeliner, and highlighters. It is a limited edition palette, so don’t wait. $58

Better Baby Care Set This would be an awesome gift for a baby shower as well! $58

Clean Slat Charcoal Duo For the man in your life, you could buy him this gift package with the best-seller charcoal bar + charcoal mask, which I am definitely going to be ordering this month. $48

Glow and Go Mini Oils For $28 you can buy all 3 facial oils to see which one you like the best. I love my No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil, but I would love to try the others as well.


Shop for Beautycounter products HERE


Edited to add:

If you are interested in learning more about Beautycounter and their amazing products, follow my group on Facebook: Beautycounter The Runner’s Plate. I would love to have you join the group because I can share a lot more things easily from there rather than writing an entire blog post.

Why are Parabens so Bad?

Since starting with Beautycounter as a consultant, I’ve been learning so much about all the different toxic chemicals in our health and beauty products. I haven’t eliminated every single un-safe product for a safer option yet, but as I use up products, I am replacing them with a safer option.

Once you start paying attention to the labels and ingredient lists, it is crazy how many unpronounceable and unrecognizable things there are in our food, health, beauty, and cleaning products.

Parabens are one ingredient that we hear a lot about, so I’m going to highlight this one first. What are parabens? Why are they potentially bad? Why does Beautycounter ban them from their products?

What are parabens?

Parabens are added to health and beauty products such as deodorant, toothpaste, and make-ups to stop the growth of bacteria, fungus, and other microbs. They have been used since the 1950s and are very inexpensive to add to products.

Look for these parabens on your ingredient’s list: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.

Why are parabens so bad?

Parabens have a estrogen-like property that is absorbed through the skin. Estrogen is a hormone in the body that causes breast cells to multiply and divide. Since parabens are absorbed into our bodies, the worry is that they could cause estrogen hormones to multiply and divide even more thereby leading to breast cancer. The correlation hasn’t been proven, but over many years of using these products, we don’t know how it will affect our bodies.

Why does Beautycounter ban them from their products?

Even though parabens haven’t been directly linked to cancer, there is the potential with use over time they could be harmful to our bodies, and Beautycounter doesn’t mess around with any potentially-harmful ingredients. They have banned 1500 ingredients from their products because they are not taking their chances on questionable ingredients. All of Beautycounter’s products are independently tested by a third-party for any of these harmful ingredients.

~~~~~~~

A couple of new product lines Beautycounter recently released that I wanted to highlight:

Countermatch

A few months ago, Beautycounter released their Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, and it sold out within 24 hours! Then they restocked the product, and it sold out again! I finally got my hands on a bottle last month, and I now understand all the hype!

The Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion is designed to adapt to your skin and add moisture is areas that are dry and not add moisture in areas that are oily. I’ve always had combination skin, so this is perfect for me. For once, at the end of the day, my skin is not glistening with oil!

Just this past week, Beautycounter released the remainder of this collection:

Intense Moisture Serum

Eye Rescue Cream

Adaptive Moisture Lotion

Recovery Sleeping Cream

Holiday Collection

I won’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and I can’t listen to Christmas music until then either, but I will start thinking about gifts I want to give and buy for others. (It’s one of my favorite things about the holidayspicking out that perfect gift for each person.)

I know I will be giving Beautycounter to some of my friends and family because I want them to experience how amazing the products are and that you don’t have to compromise the safety of your products for sub-par performance.

There are many gifts that can be split into individual gifts, and almost all of the gifts are valued higher than what they actually cost, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here are some of my favorites:

Multi-Masker Set The 3 masks (Brightening, Plumping, Balancing) together in one set that could easily be divided into 3 individual gifts. $68 (value $105)

Winter Jewels Palette This palette has all the make-up you need to feel ready for the day: eyeshadow, eyeliner, and highlighters. It is a limited edition palette, so don’t wait. $58

Better Baby Care Set This would be an awesome gift for a baby shower as well! $58

Clean Slat Charcoal Duo For the man in your life, you could buy him this gift package with the best-seller charcoal bar + charcoal mask, which I am definitely going to be ordering this month. $48

Glow and Go Mini Oils For $28 you can buy all 3 facial oils to see which one you like the best. I love my No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil, but I would love to try the others as well.


Shop for Beautycounter products HERE