What I’ve Been Up To

Sometimes I feel like my blog posts don’t give you a good idea of what life is really like these days for me. So instead of giving you a recipe, a shoe review, or what I’m loving lately (even though I do love writing all of those posts too), I’m giving you a run down on what I’ve been up to.

Work Life

Currently I have multiple jobs–all of which I love. I primarily stay at home with Cullen during the week and work at Skinny Raven Sports on the weekends. I work on the sales floor selling shoes, which is so fun because I get to talk about running all day. Plus, I love my coworkers and the atmosphere of where we work; it’s really a dream job. I also am a coach for two training groups we have going on through the store. Right now we have the Raven Run Club and an Intro to Run group. I coach 3-4 sessions per week either before Craig goes to work in the morning or after he gets home in the evening. It gets to be a lot of tag-teaming, but we make it work.

During the week–along with watching Cullen, I am working on this blog and everything that goes with that: keeping it up-to-date, posting on Instagram, working to improve my website, and updating Facebook.

I also have several athletes who I coach online. I am constantly checking in with them, updating their plans, FaceTiming with them, reevaluating their plan to ensure I am doing everything I can to help them reach their goals.

Finally, my work with Beautycounter is another job I work on during the week in between everything else. I continue to love the products Beautycounter produces and want to share that love with you guys.

Running Life

I was really struggling with my running the first few months after the Twin Cities Marathon. I still don’t know why. I usually give myself a month to recover after a marathon, but this lull lasted much longer. I finally felt like I turned a corner shortly after the new year and have been feeling much better. I haven’t nailed every workout, but in general things have been much better.

I was hoping to hit 60 miles last week, but it didn’t happen, so I’m trying again this week. The snow and cold are getting to me, and I am ready to be done running on the ice and snow and multiple layers every day.

I posted this video on Instagram, which is a great place to follow me for daily updates, but I had to share this vide here because I’m really proud of being able to get flat with this ab roller. I continue to lift twice a week, which I know I’m in the minority for enjoying. I usually drop Cullen off at the child care and take the time to stretch, foam roll, lift, and do core work. I always have intentions of doing these things at home, but that rarely happen.

Family Life

With my work schedule, Craig and I don’t get a lot of time together, but we try to use our free evenings to do something. Tonight we’re going to have a family date night, and Craig is off on Monday as well for President’s Day, so we’ll be able to hang out then as well. Plus, we have a family vacation coming up in a couple of weeks, which we are stoked about!

Otherwise, like I mentioned before there is a lot of tag teaming, as we each carve out time to go to the gym, spend time with friends, doing our respective hobbies, and our work schedules.

Food

I feel like this is an ever-changing target as more research is done and the scandals in research are revealed. Craig has been listing to multiple podcasts and audio books such as The Big Fat Surprise and The Case Against Sugar and opened my eyes to what I may have previously thought isn’t correct. As we know, the trend has been moving away from “fat is bad,” and I have been trying to not worry if I eat full-fat Greek yogurt, half an avocado, nuts and nut butter, cream in my coffee, and oil on my salads. In addition, the importance of protein (and specifically animal protein) seems to be something that hasn’t had enough emphasis on. I’ve never been a vegetarian, but I have been trying to eat more meat–especially meat from my parent’s farm and the meat Craig has hunted. Finally, I remember learning in my nutrition class that sugar is empty calories, but it has now been said that not only is sugar empty calories, it is also toxic to the body. Craig has cut out sugar from his diet (no desserts, very little fruit, no dried fruit, no sugar-added yogurts, no BBQ sauce, or anything of this nature) a year ago and lost 40 pounds in 2017. I haven’t been that diligent, but I have tried to be more mindful of the sugars and carbs I have been consuming.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse on our life. I might have to start incorporating more recaps on our daily life because I think those are fun to read, and it helps give you an idea of what we are up to!

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Stacked Veggie Enchiladas

It was another cold day here in Anchorage with temps in the teens. Luckily the sun is shining though, and I can tell it is rising earlier in the morning and setting later in the day. I think we’ve gained about 100 minutes of daylight since solstice in December. I’ll take it!

I have a really delicious recipe that I have been making on a regular basis for months now. I am not one to make a recipe over-and-over again unless it really blows me away. These Stacked Veggie Enchiladas are not only delicious, but they are really easy to throw together and you can sub out so many different veggies for them. I have to give my friend, Whitney, credit for this super easy recipe, however. She made them when I was over at her house, so most of the recipe is hers.

In this particular batch I used onions, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, and spinach, but you could easily swap in or out those items for some yellow squash, kale, broccoli, throw in some olives, or even add chicken if you wanted some additional protein.

It takes some time to chop the vegetables, but after that everything is a breeze. You’ll want to saute all of the veggies in a pan on the stove top for several minutes to cook everything through.

While that is cooking, get the rest of the items together: corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, refried black beans, and a can of black beans. I’m not that picky about the brand of the items except for the refried black beans; I highly recommend using the Amy’s Refried Black Beans.

Once the veggies are done sauteing, the stacking begins. Start by spreading about 1/4 of the can of enchilada sauce at the bottom of your 9 x 13 inch pan. Then place two corn tortillas on top and add another good dousing of enchilada sauce on top of that.

Make sure to spread the enchilada sauce over everything, so the corn tortillas are covered with sauce and don’t dry out. You’ll then dump half of the vegetable mixture on top followed by two more corn tortillas and more enchilada sauce.

Next will be the refried beans, which were kind of hard to spread out–I had to use my fingers to spread everything out. Finally, the remaining veggies will go on top, followed by the last two corn tortillas, the reamining enchilada sauce, the can of black beans, and finally some cheese.

You’ll want to baked covered for 30 minutes with some foil, and then uncovered for 15 minutes to melt that cheese.

Stacked Veggie Enchiladas

Servers: 6-8

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 small zucchini, chopped

5 oz. mushrooms (about 2+ cups), cut into quarters or eighths

2 large handfuls of spinach

15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

15 oz can refried black beans

19 oz red enchilada sauce

6 corn tortillas

1.5 cups shredded cheese

sour cream and cilantro for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan on the stove top. Saute onion for a couple of minutes, and then add peppers and zucchini. After those have sauteed for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms, and finally the spinach until it wilts.

3. In a large 9 x 13 inch baking pan, spread 1/4 can enchilada sauce on the bottom. Top with 2 corn tortillas.

4. Spread 1/4 can enchilada sauce on top of the corn tortillas and then top with half of the veggie mixture.

5. Place 2 corn tortillas on top of the veggies along with 1/4 can of the enchilada sauce.

6. Spread refried black beans on top of this layer and spread the remaining vegetables over everything.

7. Place the last 2 corn tortillas on, along with the rest of the enchilada sauce, black beans, and finally the cheese.

8. Bake for 30 minutes covered. Then uncover and bake for 15 more minutes or until cheese is melted.