Lucky March!

Whew! March is here.  I feel like I am at the turn around point in a marathon.  I’m 1/2 way there and I just might make it!  I live for sunshine, and this week we have had a few days of it.  I have been out on bike rides, taking the kids for walks, having more quite in the house as the kids play outside, and my spirits are higher.

Last week i declare! traveled to San Diego for the Women’s Half Marathon. Talk about sunshine!  It was fabulous.

IMG_1329Well, in honor of a new month, we have a new monthly special! Check it out here.

IMG_2278We wish you the best of luck this month.  This little charm here just remind you of that.  Good luck with your spring cleaning, good luck sticking with those goals you wrote down 2 months ago, good luck getting outside and enjoying the beginnings of spring, good luck feeling happy, good luck being you!

(Necklace is a sterling silver box chain with a sterling silver good luck 4 leaf clover charm and a sterling silver personalized initial charm.  Only $29 this month in our shop!)

Tidbit Tuesday 12.03.13

Today’s Tidbit Tuesday is one of my favorites. So simple…yet so helpful!
(Sign of a good tidbit.)

This little helper eliminates the dreaded, “oh shoot!  It’s 4pm.  What are we having for dinner tonight?!”  And, if your house is like mine, 4pm is NO time for clear inspiration.  The homework, the chaos, the mess, the low patience, the countdown for dad to get home…

This little helper makes life planned.  Which in my book = easy, doable, happy.

menuLike I said, so simple…yet so helpful.  In fact, so simple, you just might doubt how great it is.  Work with me here.
So this is how it works.  I pull this little guy over to the table on Saturday morning.  I have out my cookbooks, ipad, pinterest ideas for recipes, etc.  I also have my calendar. This step is important because I need to know which nights we have sports or scouts and need a quick dinner, or which nights we have time to try a new recipe.  Then I clean off the glass and whip up a menu!  Right then and there I look at each recipe, determine what I still need to buy, make a grocery list.  This is how each date night ends on Saturday…at the grocery store.  I am sure my babysitter things we are soooo boring when we come home lugging in groceries every Saturday night.  🙂
So now…not only do I have all the ideas, I have all the ingredients too!

Let me tell you…4pm has never been the same.

If I have convinced you- here’s how to make it.

You need
~a 12 x 12 frame
~a black piece of chalkboard or heavy cardstock (I have seen some that have scrapbook paper in the back, but then with the patterns you can’t use all your fun colors of chalkboard markers.)
~a vinyl menu (you can find these on etsy or pinterest I am sure.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
~some fancy schmancy chalkboard markers

The tip here is to make sure you put the vinyl on the black board UNDER the glass, or you will get your vinyl all dirty the first time you clean it!
Here’s to loving 4 pm again.

Happy Cooking!

(And a p.s.)
i declare! is on the road again!  We are off to Austin for The Running Event.  A tradeshow for running store owners to come find new stuff for their stores.  We are so excited, but so nervous!  Hope they like us! What a perfect Christmas gift for the runner in your life right?  How about this “Go The Distance Necklace”?  I love this one!

And we are also going to California this week for the Diva 1/2 marathon expo.  As luck would have it, I drew the Austin straw, and it’s going to be 39 degrees.  Brrrrr.

 

Sterling silver is a great way to commemorate something don’t you think?

I like sterling silver. This is no secret.
I like to make necklaces.  I like even more giving them away.
So last weekend when my running group ran a 1/2 marathon (our first together, but for some ladies it was their first all around!), a friend and I decided to give them something that would commemorate what we all accomplished.

I have to say I really like how they turned out!
It says 13.1.  You’d think so we could remember the 13.1 miles we raced.  But it’s much more than that.
It’s to remember the early mornings, the sore knees, the great conversations, the long runs, the laughing, the getting lost on long runs, the goats staring at us on the country roads when we were the only things awake and moving, the nerves, the planning, the following through, the friendship.
I’d say it says alot.

Do you know someone that could use a good reminder?  We have this necklace in any distance- and with any stone! Click here to order yours!

…So Would I

Well, i did it. I ran it 19 mins slower than I did my last post-baby 1/2 marathon.

But this one was more fun I am sure.

These ladies are awesome!  It was a lot of fun to be in pain together, and I got to learn a lot more about them.  (My lips are sealed).

I got more chaffing and blisters than should be allowed for a seasoned (ahem) runner like me.  What went wrong?  It certainly wasn’t because of that GIANT cinnamon roll I ate in the dark for breakfast I know that for sure.  That was awesome.

Well…it’s good to be back.  I’ll see you, Mr. 13.1, in three weeks.  Be ready.

Eddie Would Go

 

I’m nervous, a tad scared, anxious, but very excited!
It has been waaaay too long since I have run a race– and tomorrow I break that streak.

I’m headed to Logan, Utah to run the Top of Utah 1/2 marathon!  (JoBecka will be there too, but she will be showered and fed before I even finish I am sure.) I am looking forward to a nice downhill, canyon run.  It has been a hot summer to train and running in a canyon (none of those around here!) sounds like heaven.  Except for the running part.

Here’s the best part though- I get to run with 6 ladies!  I have never had a running group before and this has made all the difference for me.  Having a support group to sweat with, laugh with, get up at the crack of dawn with, plan with, and run with has made this journey just what I needed.  (Being post pardum can make you needy).

My husband shared a story with us early on in our training to motivate us.  It’s about Eddie Aikau. He was a well known Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer.  He was the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu. (Only my favorite beach in Hawaii with lots of college memories for me there.) He saved many lives and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf.  He died trying to save some team makes that got caught in a swell in the ocean. They have a surfing contest each year if the surf gets at least 20 feet (it’s only been held 8 times).  The catch phrase started from that, “Eddie would go.” We used that many mornings as we were too tired, too sore, or too hot.  “Eddie would go” moved us to this 13.1 miles.  It means, “You can do hard things!” So we had some shirts made up to remind us of that.  They say, “eddie would go” on the front, and, “so would i” on the back.

So I’m going.  For the first time in a long time.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Expo Specials

Expo Specials are coming!

You know, I could just kick myself for not taking a picture-
but we had the CUTEST expo special at the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon expo.
We brought along a special necklace just for that event.
And it sold like crazy!
We were sold out the first day!
So we took orders, came home and whipped up some more, and shipped them out.

It was such a success, and what a fun keepsake/momento of running your race!, that we decided we will make an exclusive EXPO ONLY necklace for each race.  
For the Disney Expo we brought along a fun little crown charm, added  a pink birthstone for some bling, and made a “princess 13.1” charm to hang with it.
Come see us at our next race and see what we will create just for your special race!
p.s.  If you have a picture of your Disney Princess expo necklace special- send it my way and I will post it here!