Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday Treats

This year was the first year I ever went to a Super Bowl Party. Honestly the only reason I may have went was because I missed my friends and I also wanted to make yummy treats to eat! Naturally Super Bowl Sunday turned out to be on a weekend that I had Yoga Teacher Training so that meant I was not going to have as much time to prepare treats to bring. Thankfully I have the best Snack & Party Food Pinterest Board that ever existed. I found two recipes that I Pinned years ago. One Being Hot Corn Dip and the Other being a Mint Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball. Both were extremely easy to make and both tasted freaking amazing.

I did not have any Mint Extract but thankfully I have lots of Essential Oils on hand! I used two drops of Peppermint Oil and two drops of Spearmint Oil.

I'm hoping to take the time this weekend to get some baking done. I try to bake something at least once a week it really makes me happy and it certainly helps to have something tasty in the house. I just have never been in love with treats that come in a package. I can pass up Chips Ahoy any day of the week but if someone bakes Chocolate Chips cookies from scratch forget it I'm eating a dozen haha.

What did everyone else make to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday?

You can find the links to both recipes above!

Milk Making Cookies

A very dear friend of mine welcomed her Baby Boy to the world this weekend. I am so thrilled to meet this little man. My daughter is just as excited as I am we knew at once we had to bake something for Faith to enjoy. I decided to bake Lactation Cookies to help keep mamma happy and healthy so she can keep baby Gabriel happy and healthy. These cookies are extremely delicious for everyone to enjoy but have lots of great ingredients to help keep a nursing mothers supply strong. With a name like lactation cookies they help keep others away from our precious cookies in fear that they may start lactating hahaha.

Congratulations Faith, John & Big Sister Sophia!

Milk Making Lactation Cookies

Adapted from Gusty Mama

Preheat oven to 350

2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seed

Melt Butter and Brown sugar Togeteher until blended but do not over heat
Add sugars and butter together in larger bowl and mix well.
Add eggs and vanialla.
Mix flours cinnamon salt and baking soda together in small bowl.
Add flour mixture to sugar mixture
Add oats, chocolate chips, chia seeds and flax seeds
Do not over mix.
Place on baking sheet using cookie scooper
Bake for 15 minutes
Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes.
Let cool completely on wire racks


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Run Safe

Recently I took a new job so I no longer work in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a beautiful city to run in and for a few years I would run many times a week on my lunch hour. Our office was located right off of the Schuylkill River Trail. I would run right out of our back door down the alley turn the corner on to 24th Street and then pick up the River Trail on Locust Street or via the dog Park if a Train was blocking the trail entrance. The trail is often filled with other runners, walkers and bikers so I typically felt safe there. There were a few incidents with hooligans messing with runners so they started having more of a police presence on the trail and that made everyone feel even safer.

I am now running in West Chester PA. My safety concerns are far different here than they were in the city. The office I am working on now is located on the corner of two major highways. The neighborhoods around the office have no sidewalks so now I’m more afraid of being hit by a texting driver than I am of being mugged. I feel it is always important for us to be aware of our surroundings especially while running. I never wear headphones while running. I always want to be able to hear what is going on in the world around me. I want to hear a dog barking or a car coming up behind me. People always ask me how do I run without headphones but the truth is I actually enjoy the sound of my breath and the sound of my feet hitting the earth and all of the many sounds of nature. It makes me feel more safe not having anything distracting my sense of hearing. I have plenty of other opportunities to jam out so running is my time to reflect more on my movements and my thoughts.

Another tip I always I feel is important for staying safe is to let someone know when you are leaving and when you think you should be back. I know things can change but just give someone a ballpark time range on when you will be back. I typically will text my husband or a girlfriend and tell them when I am running and when Im back and I also let the guys at my office know. When I do long training runs I will actually share my location with someone so they can see where I am if they need to. 

I know there are more safety tips I should be using myself now that I am not longer running on sidewalks or running trails I should be wearing more reflective gear so I’m going to invest in a super cool reflector vest to wear while I run at work on my lunch break. The other day I had a man honking at me all crazy for running down the side of the street. You would have thought he never seen someone running before. It was not a busy street at all but I guess its not common to see runner or even walkers out this way. I got spoiled running in the city.

I started to reach out to people in a running group to get some other suggestions on where to run near my office. Im hoping to be trying some new safer routes soon. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings do your homework. Check out trail maps online before you run use google earth as well. 

Stay safe and stay healthy! 
Run Happy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

National Women's Health and Fitness Day

If you are like me you are overwhelmed by the number of Nationally recognized days there are. Each day we are recognizing or celebrating something else. Today we are recognizing something that I strive to recognize every day! Women's Health and Fitness Day. Many years ago I decided that I wanted to live the healthiest life style I could live. Health and Fitness became a huge priority to me. Each day I aim to eat healthy real foods and do atleast 20-30 minutes of physical activity.

Typically my workouts for the week right now consist of three 4-6 mile runs plus two 75 minute yoga classes each week. I also include any walking I do to and from work  as physical activity plus and and all house work I do while I am around the house. Housework is certainly physical activity.  Especially when there is a toddler involved that you need to keep up with. When I first made it a goal to get moving I bought an UP Band. If you are not familiar with UP it is an activity tracker designed by Jawbone. I loved it I wore it everywhere. I love tracking how many steps I walked each day and I also loved seeing how much I slept each night. Many people have reported and increase in activity while wearing a fitness tracker so this may be the motivation you need to start a more physically fit life.

I also found it really helpful to invest in some active gear. If you are working out in your husbands old tee-shirts and sweats you are not going to feel like the rock star that you are. Get yourself out to the mall or hop online and find some active wear that you are going to feel comfortable in. Being a long distance runner I know the importance of quality active gear. I know how terribly wrong a workout can go in the wrong sports bra! Get yourself some quality sports bras.

Adore Me has come out with a brand new line of Women's Fitness Clothing. You can view their entire collection here. I am in love with it and it launches on October 2nd. I love finding a new brand of active gear I can feel comfortable in while running or doing yoga. I have tried many different brand and its extremely important to have a tried a true company I can rely on to keep coming out with new high quality active gear without breaking the bank. Yes I want to look good and feel good but no I do not feel comfortable buying a pair of yoga pants for $100. I really like the affordability of the new Adore Me active wear line. Im excited to try it out soon.

What have you found to be your fav running clothes or yoga pants?

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