Monthly Archives: May 2015

Friday Favorites: 5/29/15

Whoa. The last Friday of May. Seriously? Where is the time going??

Looking forward to some fun activities this weekend – Cross Fit, Farmer’s Market, movie night, and some baking! And maybe if the unpacking gets done, some adult beverages on our new screened in porch! Smile 

Here are the things that made me smile this week. . .


Nut thins


Have you guys had these? Blue Diamond sent me two boxes as part of their Tastemakers blogger program. And I was totally going to take some cute pictures, paired with yummy cheese. . .. and ummmm, the next thing I know, I was finishing off the second box. They have been the perfect crunchy evening snack lately.


So, if you have more willpower than I do, pair with some cheese. . . otherwise, straight out of the box is awesomesauce too. Winking smile 

this sign from my gym that I shared on Instagram this week. #truth


this cartoon. 


My sister sent it to me after my blog post last week. Perfect, right?

View from our new dining room window. 


I just love the woods behind our house. We see deer and wild turkeys every day. And I saw a doe and fawn last week. Adorable.

Luke swimming in the cold lake. 


When we were at the Lake last weekend, Luke really really wanted to go swimming, but didn’t realize the lake was freezing. He basically clung to Aunt Laura for dear life. Hilarious.

Birthday cake. Oh ya. Those pink roses = so good!


stitch fix. yup, this is happening. hoping for some new jeans!


Laura and I are going to be starting a 24 day challenge with AdvoCare on June 8th – done in time for the Fourth of July! If you want to join in or more details, shoot me an email.

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What are you loving this week??

And what’s up for the weekend??

Linking up with Friday fun with both Heather and Clare!

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Thursday Thoughts

Hey there! Long time, no chat. Smile 

You see, I’ve been busy.


Really really busy.



Thankfully the end is finally in sight. . . and it’s starting to look like our home.

I’ve also been busy with this. .  .


My 33rd birthday!

More details to come on next week for Treat Yourself Tuesday.

And finally, I’ve been busy enjoying this. . .


Sunshine and when did my baby get so big?


He is a pro on his trike now! So fun.


So, that’s been my world lately. .. what’s new with you??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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The Balance Project–Summer Shape Up {+giveaway}

Hey guys, I am back today with my 2nd post from the Balance Project. Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my first post here.

Memorial Day weekend is always the start of summer for me – looking forward to weekends at the Lake, grilling out and sunshine runs!

Today, I am sharing tips from The Balance Project guide, Gabby Reece, about how to be successful with balance during the summer months.


Make it your own: There is not one right way to get it done. There is the right way that works for you. When it comes to eating healthy, find the foods you like and implement those into your daily diet. The same goes for exercise. If you hate the gym then find something outside that is manageable for you. This is not about torture; this is about creating a lifestyle that you can do week after week.

Watch the calendar: Use summer for motivation to shape up but don’t wait for June 21st. If you wait until summer actually starts, you’ll feel rushed and end up crash dieting or doing a crazy workout schedule. I personally like to keep a calendar in my kitchen and cross off the days as I countdown to bikini weather. The visual reminder – right where you eat – is helpful in keeping you on track.

Sign up a friend: We tend to be more successful at accomplishing some type of exercise if we have an accountability partner. Solicit a friend and maybe use this as your time to connect. You can train for a 5k together or join an outdoor boot camp; there are a lot more options now that the weather is improving.

Plan to snack: Take snacks (like fruit, nuts or a Balance Bar®) wherever you go to prevent mindless eating. If I have an afternoon or early evening workout planned, I make sure to have one of these handy an hour or so before so that I have plenty of energy to get in a good workout.

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Variety is key: Make as many meals as you can at home so you can control your nutrition. These are some of my favorite recipes,– fresh and full of veggies for springtime! To keep things interesting and fresh at my house, I try to rotate foods. One night I may go for something heavier with veggies and grains, and then the next night focus on proteins. I really try to change up the food and create a great deal of variety.

Each day is a new chance and it’s never too late: If you fall out of your summer shape up routine one day, don’t sweat it. Forgive yourself and move on – and just keep moving!

Want to see some of Gabby’s favorite fitness moves? Check them out here.

And for more tips from Gabby on balancing fitness and a busy schedule, check it out here.

And now the best news – A Summer Shape Up Giveaway! Smile

–> 1 lucky R4C reader will win Balance bare bars and a Balance Bar headband

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There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me what flavor of Balance bare bar you would most like to try! My fav is the sea salt caramel nut. YUM!

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win the @BalanceBar #giveaway hosted by @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on May 29th  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

**I received product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar, but per usual, all opinions are 100% my own.


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Friday Favorites: 5/22/15

So, I really can’t complain about a long week this week. . . I took Monday off to spend extra time with my Dad at the hospital and Luke and I had the day off on Tuesday to have some extra time together. So, really, this was a short work week for me.  . . but still, I am super happy it’s Friday! And Memorial Day weekend! Whoop. Whoop. Smile 

Here are the little things that made me smile this week. . . because life is all about the little things, right?


Fro yo dates.


Pop Sugar Must Have Box. My sister, Jenny, gave me some money to spend on a Must Have box for Christmas. . . and I decided that my birthday month was a good time to try it out!



Salt water taffy. Necklace.


Vase. Shave cream.


Dry shampoo. And (unpictured) a beach towel.


Overall, I was a little meh about the box. I do like the shave cream – smells amazing. And I have never tried dry shampoo before, but OMG – that stuff is amazing! But, overall, super fun to come home to a surprise box and try new things! Thanks Jenny. Smile 

Luke and Mommy date. They have an awesome kids club at the local grocery store where Luke can get a cookie, piece of cheese and a piece of fruit every time we go grocery shopping. And they happen to have a Caribou inside the store. Win win.


Oreos for days. . . The last time Laura came over to watch Lukie, she updated my grocery list. And the number one thing – Oreos. So, I made sure to keep her happy. Smile 


Lukie picking flowers for me. Heart melted.


Bedtime stories and puppy snuggles.


What are you loving this week??

And what’s up for the weekend?? No real plans for us. Hopefully a trip home to see Dad. A trip up to the Lake. And grilling some good food!

Linking up with Friday fun with both Heather and Clare!

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Life is messy. . .

Oh man, life can be messy sometimes. 

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You are headed one direction and then all of the sudden, life throws you a curve ball and you are thrown off course. 

It makes your head spin. 

All of the sudden, you aren’t quite sure which path is the right one. 

But, all you can do, is make the decision that your heart and gut tell you is the right one. 

And you start again. 

Because, that’s life, right? 

I’m pretty sure God is laughing his ass off at me right now for thinking that I had it all figured out. 

Yup, I don’t. 

And I never will. 

I’m just here to enjoy the ride and to live life the best way I know how. 

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Because at the end of the day, it is what it is (right, Scott?) and everything happens for a reason. 

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Cheers to trying to figure it all out and enjoying every minute of it. 


Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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Weekend Update: 5/17/15

Hey! Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend?

Mine was great. Full of all the things on my to-do list.

Friday afternoon, Luke and I hit the road back to Mankato. This was our last weekend in our Mankato house before it sells. It was nice to be able to go back and say goodbye, but bittersweet too.

Saturday morning started with BODYPUMP at the YMCA. A great group of people pumping it up. Perfection. And blogger fail. No pic.

But the weather was beautiful for playing outside and organizing things for the move in the garage.



And a family run.


Followed by puddle jumping.


And fun in the living room.


And date night!


Amaretto sour. My drink of choice.


Crème Brule sampler = SO good.


Sunday morning means pancakes.


I made this recipe with this yummy secret ingredient. OMG amazing.


Followed by a glorious nap on the couch.

And another family run. With a stop at the fountains on campus.



Some friends of ours had their second baby about 5 weeks ago, so we volunteered to babysit. So, Luke got to play with his good friend and I got to snuggle a baby. Win – win. Smile 


And some father- son catch. btw – adorable.


And a big spring storm. Which I love. The rain, thunder, lightening, cool air blowing in.


Weekend perfection.

So, what were you up to?

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Friday Favorites: 5/15/15

Whew. Look at that date. It’s like a number lovers dream.

Anyway. .  #nerd . . . happy Friday! Whatcha up to this weekend?? Luke and I are headed back to Mankato for the weekend. Teaching Saturday morning BODYPUMP at the YMCA (8:15 – see ya there!), and then enjoying family time! Date night planned for Saturday night too. Smile 


This week I am loving. ..

fresh salads with fruit. Love adding fruit to my salads in the summer. And this strawberry poppy seed dressing – awesomesauce!


super nice neighbors at the new place. one family brought us cookies (already gone!) and another family brought warm caramel brownies. Drool.


this drawer pull for Luke’s toothbrush drawer at the new house.


this puppy face. she’s totally begging. but is totally adorable. Winking smile 


What are you loving this week??

Linking up with Friday fun with both Heather and Clare!

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AdvoCare–1 year later

It was just about a year ago that I finally said yes to trying an AdvoCare 24 day challenge. And I am so glad I did.

I started with the 24 day challenge. You can read my recaps here and here. And my results here.


After I did the challenge, I loved the way I felt and I really loved spark, so I signed up to be a distributor.


Basically for $79, you immediately get 20% off all AdvoCare products, plus you get a distributor kit that includes 14 day supply of spark + a case of SLAM + more information on becoming part of the AdvoCare family (i.e. the business side). At first, I was content with my 20% discount and continuing with products. I was drinking spark most days, using catalyst with my workouts and O2 gold for my long runs.

You can read my 1 month post – 24 day challenge post here.


Over time, I started slipping into my old ways of eating. . . summertime is hard and you know how I love my sweets. . . so, I convinced Scott to do a 10 day challenge in July.


You can read about the details here. That was a pretty good challenge, but I didn’t love just doing a 10 day one. . .  It just isn’t quite long enough to reset for me. BTW – Scott still drinks spark almost daily.

So, in October I did my 2nd full challenge. It went pretty well. It wasn’t as amazing for me as the first one was. . . but that was really to be expected because I was already eating much better than I had been before my first challenge. BTW – that’s one of the things that I love about Advo – it’s not just about the products that help you to be at your best, it really is about the clean eating too.


Along the way, I got more into the business side of AdvoCare. At first I signed up just because I wanted the discount. . . no one should have to pay full price for spark. Winking smile


And then, I realized how amazing I felt with AdvoCare products and clean eating and I wanted to share that feeling with family, friends and blends via the blog. I’m never pushy about AdvoCare. . . I just share what it’s done for me and what it might do for you. . . and I have grown my business to a discount level of 40% (if you want more deets on how that happens, just shoot me an email) and my goal has to been to pay for my own AdvoCare products.

AdvoCare has been a part time endeavor for me. Obviously, I am already pretty busy – full time job + teaching BP + family + life. So, Advo is a nice option because it is not really an extra thing that I have to do, it’s a piece of my life. I chat with people at Cross Fit about the spark I am drinking, or tell people who ask at BODYPUMP about the catalyst I am taking before the workout. Or I write blog posts about the latest challenge start dates or options with AdvoCare to share with you.

I know that some direct sales companies can sometimes be pushy and high intensity (and some aren’t!), but I just want to be clear, if you are interested in AdvoCare at all for the nutritional and health benefits, or as a business option, it is a great company to be involved with at any level. I’ve always had great support from Becky, and Success School last year was a great event to be involved in.


This blog post isn’t meant to persuade anyone into becoming involved with AdvoCare, but if anything I mentioned or said, got you thinking about the opportunities with AdvoCare, I would be more than happy to chat with you about it. And per usual, no pressure, ever.


I just want to share AdvoCare with people, because of what it’s done for me. And I think everyone should be able to feel awesome. Smile


Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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Our current place + life update

I cannot believe I’ve been living in Eau Claire for 3 months now! Time is just flying by lately.

While we looked a lot before I started my new job in February for a house, we just couldn’t find anything. Thankfully, I was able to find a nice (almost brand new) townhome 2 weeks before I moved to rent for a few months. There are almost no rental options in this town if you have a “large” dog  – like over 25 pounds. It was crazy and stressful. But, it all worked out! The townhome ended up being just 2 miles from where my sisters live, and it is so nice to be close to them!!

Anyway, I thought I would give you a little tour of my current place.

Master bedroom.


Master bathroom + closet


Open concept – kitchen/living room/dining room



kitchen ( + spark and bodypump choreography)


Luke’s bedroom


Front door/entry + garage entry + laundry room


Overall, it’s been a great place to live while checking out potential houses in town.

And we found one!


Moving in next week. I am so excited. Smile

While, I am super sad to be leaving our brand new house in Mankato (we sold it!), I am looking forward to new opportunities and adventures in Wisconsin.

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!


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Weekend Update: 5/10/15

It was a long weekend. It is pretty late on Sunday night, and I need to get to bed to get a good night sleep for work tomorrow. . . so here is a quick look at my weekend. . .

A nice run = sunshine makes me happy.


Scarf winner from Le Tote.


A good visit with Dad.


Scott’s helper.


Time with Grandma Mary.



Lukie taking pics from his car seat. . .


Mother’s Day. Luke (Scott) gave me some new Feetures! socks (yes!!) and candles.

Laura made this super cute craft – with Luke’s help. ..


And Jenny and Luke picked out this balloon for me.  Smile 


Overall, a great weekend!

How was your weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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