Friday Favorites: 12/19/14

Whoa. Can we just talk about how Christmas is NEXT WEEK? I mean, OMG, when did that happen? And anyone want to run to Target for me. I swear every time I go, I think it is going to be my last time before Christmas and then I need one more thing. . . ‘Tis the season, right?

Anyway, Friday. Yes!! Fist pump. Winking smile

And time for Friday Favorites. . . the little things this week that made me smile.

This new top from Nike – so soft. And thumbs up after teaching bodypump!

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Daily laughs from Run Eat Repeat on Instagram.

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Coffee Wednesday is officially a thing. Smile

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A much needed pedicure. Gold sparkles ftw.

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Lukie haircut. He loved his “dinosaur” on his head.

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Having a few days off work this week and enjoying some longer runs while watching horrible but entertaining holiday movies.

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OMG. You guys. Amazing news from AdvoCare. . . there is a HUGE group challenge starting in January. If you pre-order your challenge by Dec 31st, you get FREE shipping, FREE limited edition blender bottle and wrist band AND another one time free shipping on your next order of $250 or more in January 2015. If you were on the fence at all about doing a challenge, now is the time. Are you ALL IN? (email me for details –> running4cupcakes@gmail.com)

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Luke is loving his Advent calendar that Grandma Way put together for him.

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Teaching early morning BODYPUMP. Done teaching before the sun even came up – craziness. Being done with your workout at 6:30am –> glorious. Smile

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I am looking forward to more Christmas baking, dinner with friends on Saturday night, and football on Sunday!!

Hope you have a great weekend. What are you up to?? What made you smile this week?

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Super easy DIY Christmas ideas

I had to share this list of DIY Christmas ideas from Pinterest for anyone looking for a last minute Christmas idea!!

Such a cute idea. And who doesn’t love Rudolph and Eos?

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For the grandparents from the grandkids. I didn’t know thumbprints could be so adorable.

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Just adorable. And way too crafty for me. Winking smile

Santa Handprint Homemade Wrapping Paper: Making your own wrapping paper with just paint and a few handprints!

For the man in your life, make these cute beer reindeer.

Didn't know Guinness could be so cute!!

Peppermint candy cane sugar scrub {looks totally easy and adorable!}

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And for your Secret Santa – isn’t this adorable?

We Whisk you a Merry Kissmas!

And lol for this one. Winking smile

Snowman Poop

Do you have any good last minute Christmas ideas??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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My Holiday Baking List

Ahhhh the Holidays. . . Christmas music, shopping, wrapping, pictures with Santa, Christmas Eve midnight church service, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and the baking. Oh the baking. The time of year you buy more butter and sugar than one person should ever have in their house, right?!

This year, I am super excited for Holiday baking. But, I am keeping it reigned in. I love baking, but hate spending an. entire. day. doing it. So, I paired down the list a bit and I think I have come up with my all-time favorites that will *fingers crossed* not take the whole day to complete. . . but make my sugar-loving husband happy. Smile Actually, the key in my house is to not do the baking too far in advance, otherwise, it might not make it to Christmas. I have already had a fail in my house of making RPSs and having most of them already gone. It’s a blessing and a curse that my husband loves my baking as much as he does. Winking smile

Anyway, here is my current Christmas Baking 2014 plan. . .

Oreo Truffle Balls

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Christmas Crack

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Sugar Cookies -  I use my family’s recipe, but these look amazing too.

Grandma's Homemade Sugar Cookies - Nothin' Better!

Chex Mix

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches

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Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

What’s on your Holiday baking list??

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!

 

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My beauty favorites

So, the disclaimer on this post – I am super low maintenance when it comes to beauty products. I hardly ever wear make up and I tend to stick with what works for me in skincare. But I love getting a peak into what other bloggers use, so I thought I would share a few of my beauty favorites. .

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1. Deodorant – DOVE. Soft, smooth and smells good.
2. Body lotion – LOVE Bath and Body Works. Thick, creamy, moisturizing and smells amazing.
3. Perfume – Daisy by Marc Jacobs. My go-to fragrance for the past 5+ years.

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4. Shampoo. Fakkai shampoo (in love after I got a sample thru influenster a few months ago) alternating with Head and Shoulders. I love love love the way Fekkai makes my hair feel and smell. It is spendy – $20 for a bottle, but glorious. I alternate with Head and Shoulders to help a bit with price and MN winters are super drying for my scalp.
5. Conditioner – Herbal Essenes in a humongous bottle from Sam’s Club.
6. Skin cleaner – SYS facial cleanser (from AdvoCare) Love this stuff. Smells amazing. Leaves my skin beautiful.

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7. Skin cleaner II – I think the key to my best skin is the SYS cleanser + this clarisonic cleaner (the MIA 2). The combo leaves my skin glowing and clear.

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8. Face moisturizer – Mary Kay timewise. It’s never too early for age fighting moisturizer, am I right? And this one is not oily, but gives my skin the moisture it needs – especially in winter!

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9. And a shout out for hand washing (important all the time but especially in the cough and cold and flu season). I am in love with this “Tis the season” scent from Bath and Body Works. And I LOVE the foaming hand wash – so fun. Smile I know, I am super easy to please.

What’s your favorite beauty product??

Linking up with Becky for TYT. Thanks for hosting!!

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Weekend Update: 12/14/14

Oh Monday. I wish I could say it’s nice to see you..  . but I had a great weekend, so I can’t complain!

Started the weekend off on the right foot with a treadmill run.

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Then, headed to Eau Claire to hang with my sisters.

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Exciting purchases at Sam’s Club.

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Car snack thanks to my MIL. And it was delicious. Winking smile

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Annual friend Christmas party complete with Secret Santa fun. Including some pretty awesome Justin Beiber wrapping paper. ..

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Laundry, bedtime snuggles and Once rounded out the weekend. . .

Now, off to tackle Monday morning!

What were you up to??

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Ready to hit the re-set button?

Are your pants a little tight?

Feeling run down?

Want to kick up your fitness to the next level?

Clean up your eating?

Improve your nutrition?

Or maybe you just want to start the new year off right?

Then, mark your calendar. . .

January 5, 2015

It’s the first Monday in 2015.

It’s also the start date of the next HUGE group AdvoCare 24 day challenge.

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I’m doing it. You should too!! Smile 

Want another reason? Check out my friend Lauren..  . Lauren initially did a 24DC for weight loss. Over the past year, she’s lost 30 pounds and her husband has lost 60 pounds with Advo. Now, Lauren’s using the Performance Elite line to build up her muscles. Her guns are amazing. Yup, #girlcrush Smile 

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Questions? Want more information? Thinking about it, but not 100% sold?

Send me an email at running4cupcakes@gmail.com –> no pressure, just information and helping you reach your goals!

Ready to jump in? You can buy the 24 day challenge here.

Once you order, you will be added to our amazing Facebook group filled with support, recipe ideas and other challengers. It is awesome.

Read more about my journey with AdvoCare here.

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Friday Favorites: 12/12/14

This week totally seemed like it took forever, but Friday seemed to sneak up on me and I can’t believe it’s here! Happy day! Looking forward to spending some time with friends (annual Christmas party!), family (headed to the Lake) and some sister time (going to a play).

Here are the things that made me smile this week. . .because you guys know, it’s the little things that make life wonderful!! Smile

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My holiday Jamberry nails.

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I’ve gotten a ton of compliments and they just make me smile. .  . I mean, come on, pink reindeer –> awesomesauce.

My latest favorite candy. Luke got some sour patch kids while trick or treating and it reignited my love for sour sweet candy. I. cannot. get. enough.

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Visiting Santa! Seriously, he looks so grown up in this photo. Also, his little sweater vest + plaid button down (from Fabletics for Kids). I die.

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Abby got groomed this week. She looks so cute and I love the cuteness of the Christmas flower on her collar.

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Coffee Wednesday. Is that a thing? It should be. Smile

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Listening to Pandora holiday at work. ‘Tis the season. Smile

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And it helps to balance out when I am in the car with Luke and all he wants to hear is either the Chipmunks song or Hippopotamus song(I want a hippopotamus for Christmas) on repeat. and again. and again. and again. Super fun. Winking smile

Off to work and then headed to the Lake this afternoon. Hope you have a great weekend. What are you up to?? What made you smile this week?

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Thursday Confessions V

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared some confessions. . . so here we go. Smile

1. I don’t like kale. I know, I know. What kind of strange breed of blogger am I? I *think* I just haven’t had it prepared in the right way BUT it always makes me gag a little bit when I see other bloggers put it in their smoothies. Spinach yes. Kale no.

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2. I’m afraid of Canadian geese. I had a bad experience once where I was running past a pack of them and I think I got too close to their nest and they basically tried to peck off my knee caps while I was running past. So, now I run faster when I see them and go out of my way to avoid them. . . and yes, I totally used zoom to take this picture.

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3. I don’t know my right from my left. Ok, well I do, but I am super bad at giving directions. There has been more than once that I have told Scott to turn left and then been confused when he turns left and I really wanted him to turn right. I honestly don’t know why he puts up with me sometimes. Thankfully, I am pretty good about using L = Left. Winking smile Yup, I’m special!

4. I love iced caramel macchiatos but really don’t like hot ones. Strangeness, right? So, basically, I only go to Starbucks in the summer, because let’s be real, nobody wants an iced drink in MN in the winter, am I right?

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5. I eat Oreos while watching Biggest Loser.Yup. And I think it makes them taste better. Winking smile

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Your turn – what’s your confession?!?

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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Winter & Holiday Favorites

Just a little recap post of some of my winter and Holiday favorite posts. Enjoy!

Crafts!

Baby Foot print (or puppy paw print) ornament

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DIY {and super easy!} crafts

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Holiday gift jars {perfect for teachers!}

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Running!

Winter running love

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Treadmill love

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Food!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast  {the perfect Christmas morning breakfast}

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Taco Pasta Bake {comfort food at it’s best}

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches {make these!!}

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The perfect party dip {for that Holiday party!}

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Party Pretzels {yum!}

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My Holiday Favorites

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What’s your winter or holiday favorite?? Feel free to add links in the comments!!

Linking up with Becky for TYT because favorites are always a treat. Smile

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Weekend Update: 12/7/14

Whelp. Monday again? And December is already flying by.. . It’s going to be Christmas and 2015 before we know it!

Anyway, staying in the moment for now and taking a look back at my weekend.

Caribou Coffee = Friday happiness.

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Friday night perfection.

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Saturday baking = Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches

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New Holiday Jamberry Nails. Love the pink reindeer!!

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Saturday night = Arli Dazzle. . . apparently the largest lighted parade in MN. Who knew?

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Complete with Santa’s Reindeer. They are so soft!!

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And man, it was COLD outside. Home to warm up with fresh baked cookies (+ cookie dough)

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The best parade treat ever = Reese’s peanut butter cup tree!!

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Puppy snuggles.

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And more Holiday baking  = chex mix!!

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And then it was off to the Holiday Lights run.

Staying warm in the car before the race. . .

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Pre-race selfies.

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It ended up being a 3 mile run. Lots of people but pretty cool to run through the park full of Christmas lights.

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Luke was pretty excited to see Santa.

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And finished the night off with these –-> Baked French toast muffins + my own cream cheese twist. Smile

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Hope you had a great one too. What were you up to??

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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