Spartan Race!

Have you tried your hands at a Spartan race yet? We will be at the race in DC later this summer. I’m excited to finally see it in action. I am a big fan of all things Spartan. Right now there is a special discount code in honor of Memorial Day! If you have been on the fence now is the time to sign up!

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What a weekend!

We had such a great weekend. Dominion Riverrock was this past weekend and it was so much fun. It’s an outdoor sports and music festival. Friday night John and I did the Filthy 5k. It was a little rough getting started. As soon as you start it’s straight uphill. Holy shaking legs. It’s been awhile since I’ve ran so it was definitely tough. I really loved it once we hit the trails. I can’t wait to go back and run those trails again.
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Saturday afternoon we headed back this time with the wilds in tow. John ran the James River 10k Scramble. While he ran the boys and I watched some of the BMX guys. The boys thought it was so cool. We also watched some of the kayaking. We caught the end of the dog jump. Those dogs can fly! There was plenty to keep us busy.
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After John finished his race we headed for the concert area. Blues Traveler was playing and John really wanted to see them. Unfortunately there were way too many people there. It was impossible to get close enough to the stage to hear the band. So instead we watched the rock climbers for a bit. Those people are beasts!
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Sunday morning we got up bright and early for John’s last soccer game of the season. This was their best game yet. It was so much fun to watch. They walked away with a shutout 10-0. Later that afternoon we went golfing. I was a little nervous that the boys would be bored. They had a blast handing John and I our clubs and taking out the flag. I was pleasantly surprised.
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We had a great weekend spending some good quality time together. It was just what we needed!

Hen Party!

Last weekend I flew out to Chicago to celebrate Allison, my new sister to be. It was a quick and really great trip. I am so happy I was able to make it. We started the night off with drinks and tasty treats at her and Tom’s condo. It was a nice way to warm up and start the bachelorette party off on the right foot. A limo came and picked us all up and we headed to the salon for mani/pedis. The salon was too cute! It’s called ZaZaZoo. The owner and all of the staff was very welcoming and accommodating.

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After the salon we went back to the condo for drinks, games, and to freshen up before dinner. We arrived at the restaurant just after 9:00. The restaurant was called Tanta. We were doing the chef’s table which is a 9 course Peruvian dinner. Some of us, including myself, also did the course drink parings. I’m not sure how I feel about dinner. Some of the flavors I had never experienced before. The food was pretty good just very different. The drinks ended up becoming overwhelming. Overall it was a very nice dinner.

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After dinner we stopped into CELESTE. It was a pretty cool bar with a chill vibe. We ended up meeting the owner and taking a tour. It has four floors with a different aesthetic on each level. We had a couple of drinks and then headed for home. It was a great night celebrating an even better occasion. Now I’m ready to watch the love birds tie the knot next weekend!

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Sideline Hero Kit with POWERADE®

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We are a soccer loving family over here. Nathan and Logan have both been playing since they were 3 years old. They are following in their Dad’s footsteps. John played all of his school life. He actually started back up last year. Needless to say we spend a lot time on the soccer fields. I am a proud soccer mom and soccer wife. With the help of POWERADE® I put together a really fun sideline hero kit. I mean come on, at this age my boys care more about the snacks than the actual game.
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When running around that hot field you need to keep the players hydrated. POWERADE® does the trick! You can’t have a sideline hero kit without fresh produce. I always think of oranges when I think of soccer snacks. I also picked up grapes and snap peas. All of these produce items are easy to transport and not messy. I know you’re thinking “snap peas?” My boys love them. They give a nice crunch to the snack without having to use a processed snack. I picked up all my supplies at Walmart. I can always find everything I need there.
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I decided to make labels for the bottles. Since all the bottles look the same the kids end up getting them all mixed up. I’m not afraid of germs but would rather the kids not share them. It also doubles as a koozie to keep their hands from freezing. Do you call them koozies? John calls them coolies. They are super to easy to make!

Supplies:

Felt sheets with adhesive on the back
Sticky foam soccer balls
Scissors
Fabric paint
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Cut your felt into strips as wide as you’d like them and long enough to wrap around the bottle. Stick on the soccer ball. Paint on the name that you want on the felt. Let the paint dry. Lastly, stick the felt on the bottle. Now you have a fun personalized koozie for every player on the team. No mix ups and no sharing germs!
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I think this is a great way to add some some flare to your sideline hero kit. The kids will get a kick out of seeing their names on their bottle. I just love this statement from POWERADE®: No matter who you are, we all started from the same place – just a kid from somewhere. POWERADE® believes that we all have the ability to power through and reach our athletic potential. POWERADE® is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club, providing the belief, emotional and physical support, and hydration young athletes need to perform. So great! I love a company with a great message.
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So now I’ve armed you with some inspiration for your own sideline hero kit. If you need more inspiration check this out. Getting away from processed foods can be super simple. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box. I try my best to be the best soccer mom for my little kickers. Keeping them hydrated, happy, and healthy are my three priorities.
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