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Broad Street Nerves

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Broad Street is in 4 Days!! If you are not someone who is local, Broad Street is the largest 10 miler in the Country and it takes place in Philadelphia, PA. The Broad Street event started out in the early 80's and has grown and grown ever since. In 2012 the race had over 40,000 runners!  The street that the event is named after is approximately 13 miles long making it perfect for this event. Runners will make there way to the starting area at Erie Avenue and the event finishes inside the Navy Yard.

This event is a must run for anyone in the area however due to the event size participants must enter via a lottery to get selected to run. The first time I entered the Broad Street lottery (2014) I was not running distance yet. I decided to sign up and if I got accepted I would start training. Low and behold I got accepted. I started a 10 week training plan and was hooked on training and distance running ever since! I was completely intimated by the size of the event and…
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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.



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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



Ingredients:
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…

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.
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National Women's Health and Fitness Day

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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 Jawbo…

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The results were amazing my body was thrilled. I knew there was more that I could do to strengthen my body and mind. I started to look into ways to reduce my toxic load. I cut out commercial face wash and face lotion for more natural alternatives. I didn't stop there I cut out antiperspirant. I started making all of my own products. It was empowering knowing exactly what I was putting in my body. My goal now is to empower others on how to live their most healthy life! Essential Oils have been a power house for me. The Be Clean Get Well Team is hosting a Fall Educational Series and you will not want to miss these ev…