A Wedding Weekend

Happy Saturday!!

May has been insanely busy, I’m pretty sure that this next weekend will be the first weekend in over a month and a half that I will have nothing booked. Normally my weekends are pretty relaxed, so its been crazy!

All the busyness has made May fly right by! I can’t believe we are almost at June. No complaints here. Bring on the sun and warm weather!!

Part of the busyness was from a wedding that I was in this past weekend. So, I thought I would share some pictures from the weekend :).

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My lovely friend, the bride, added so manyΒ  creative, beautiful touches and went with a book theme, from the table decorations to the seating plan and everything in between. I wish I took more pictures!! But here are the few I did manage to capture.

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The hall was stunning, and on each table were book pages, sparkly vases, and handmade flowers made out of book pages. Like I said, so creative πŸ™‚

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On the day of the wedding the bride and the four of us bridesmaids spent the morning getting our hair done, doing our makeup, and chatting πŸ™‚ We each picked our own dresses, trying to go with the same maroon color and the different shades ended up working great together.

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The whole day was perfect. The bride was beautiful, the ceremony went on without a hitch, we managed to avoid any major rain for the pictures, and the night ended with the reception, which included a yummy meal, cupcakes, and dancing.

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And of course my favorite part was having the best wedding date there is:)

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Wednesday’s Workout: My First Half Marathon

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We are mid-way through May and we’ve had some snow, rain, and sun!

And I’m ready for the sun to stick around πŸ™‚

Summer for me means that it’s running season… or at least enjoyable running season, where I don’t have to throw on layers and instead get to soak up the sun while I’m jogging.

This past weekend I ran my first race, a half marathon! The weather cooperated and it was the PERFECT day for a race, not too hot and not too cold, but instead the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze.

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I’ve been ‘training’ (aka attempting to get my running distance from 10k to 21.1 k) since February/March-ish. Throughout training every time I would add on a kilometer or two, I wasn’t sure that I would actually build up to 21k!

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I’m not sure how I did it, but I did! Some runs weren’t the funnest, but I actually really liked the challenge and getting see how I could increase my distance and how those longer distances got easier to run the more I trained. Running a race has always been on my bucket list!

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So come race day, I was ready! I was surprised at how many people were running, there was a good sized crowd. All the people running the half marathon lined up at the start point, and after a short warm up the race started! And the route was beautiful, quiet, with lots of trees. My time ended up being 2:05:06.

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Here are 2 things I learned from my first race:

1) Run the race route ahead of time

My husband and I did a ‘test race’ two weeks before. I really REALLY liked this for going into the actual race because I had a picture in my mind of what the route looked like, where the hills where etc. and it was super nice to know, ‘there are 2 big hills’ or ‘at this spot it is about 1/4 way into the run’ or other things like, ‘oh man I need to get sunglasses to stop bugs from getting in my eyes’ (gross!) or even simply where the ‘start’ point was so that I know where I was going.

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2) Race exactly as you train

By this I mean don’t go changing things for race day. I wore gear that I had trained in, I knew my shoes were worn in, that my shirt and pants where comfy, that my sunglasses wouldn’t slip off, etc. That way you don’t end-up running in gear that’s uncomfortable, because that does not make for a pleasant run.

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I’m on the fence of whether I would ever do a race again. I love running just as a relaxing introvert activity, where I can just run, think, listen to music. So, running in a massive group of people wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, plus once I got past the half-way point people starting smelling… and this one guy behind me kept spitting up flem, no joke, every 20-30 seconds. Yes nasty. I guess the good thing was that it made me run faster to get away!!

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All in all I had fun! But I have to say the best part was having my family there cheering me on. πŸ™‚

I’m happy to check this off of my bucket list, but I’m looking forward to my regular leisurely runs this summer.

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Friday Favorites: Starting the Weekend Early

Happy Friday!!

This weekend is a nice, extra long weekend for me πŸ™‚ YAY for an extra day off!!

Here is a little glimpse at my day and some of my favorite things that I did on my Friday off.

Guess who is training for a half marathon?! It’s happening in just under a month. So… I’ve been doing some practice half marathons around my neighborhood. And by some, I mean two. This is my second one. It think my legs are slowing starting to catch on to this long distance running thing.

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What is a day off without a treat! After my run I stopped for a coffee and then headed over to the library to renew my library card. Turns out library cards are now free! YES! Books, books, and more books!!

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And last but not least, a trip to Costco. You are looking at a brand new Costco member!!

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Well. If you’re trying to find me, I’ll be reading my library books and enjoying my first purchase as a Costco member!

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Enjoy your weekend!

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A Sweet Treat for Your Tuesday: Mini Egg Trifle

Mini Egg Trifle

Easter is sneaking up on us! Just under 2 weeks away. That means it time for some Easter desserts!

Trifles are on the top of my list when it comes to easy desserts. And the best part is that you can make them with anything: cake, brownies, fruit, chocolate bars, cookies…

…so I thought, why not try mini eggs! It would make the perfect Easter themed dessert.

Here’s what you need:

|| Double batch of brownies (prepared) || Chocolate pudding (prepared) || Whipping cream || 1 cup of Cream Cheese ||10 Oreo Cookies || 2-3 cups of Mini eggs ||

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Prepare your brownies and pudding.

Let the pudding set in the fridge and the brownies cool.

Once your pudding is set, mix in the cup of cream cheese, so that it is fully combined, then mix in the 10 oreos (crushed). You’ll end up with a rich and creamy oreo pudding mixture.

Whip up your whipping cream. Crush 1.5 -2 cups of mini eggs into smaller pieces.

That’s it!

Time to assemble.

Layer the brownie, pudding, crushed mini eggs and whipping cream until you reach the top of your trifle dish.

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Ending with the whipping cream and top with the leftover whole mini eggs.

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Mmmmmm! This is the BEST dessert! The cream cheese cuts out a bit of the ‘richness’ of all the chocolate, but this will definitely satisfy any sweet-tooth out there!

Not to mention it is literally the easiest dessert to make; and with it being SO GOOD I promise you it will disappear quickly!

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The trifle should keep well in the fridge for a few days, but I can’t tell you from experience beyond day two… because it never lasts that long… πŸ™‚

Happy Baking!

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Wednesday’s Workout: March Fitness Challenge

Hello March!

I’m ready for spring… but where I am, spring usually doesn’t happen till May or June… but I’m not complaining because this winter has been the mildest winter ever!! There were even been days that felt like springΒ  in February. So you never know… spring might come early this year. Here’s hoping!

I think the start of a new month deserves a fitness challenge. This one is for your legs!

Each day of the month (except Sundays, you get those off) there is a challenge to give your legs some extra love. There are 6 different exercise and with each exercise the repetitions increase as the weeks go on.

March Workout Calendar

Here are your 6 moves for the month: Jump Squats, Reverse Lunges, Sumo Squats, Narrow Squats, Curtsy Lunges, and Walking Lunges.

Good Luck! And Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚

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