Saturday, April 28, 2012

I Ran and I am Still Running...

I cannot believe it actually happened! I am not a runner and especially since my doc diagnosed me with asthma last year have I barely been exercising. But I did lose 30 lbs in 2011! WooHoo!

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I have been training for the past 4 weeks. Boy it was hard and still is because I have been barely able to run the full 5K (which is actually 3.2 miles). I get winded after about 10 min and have to walk a bit, then run another 1 min and then walk a bit. this goes on the whole workout. Of course this is how you train but I thought by now I would be able to continue to run the full time or at least 30 min!

Well tonight was the Midnight Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics in Kansas. My very first race! How exciting!

So many things to do before the race to get prepared.

I needed new shoes and had to purchase them in advance so I would be used to them. That was an experience in itself! I finally decided on Reebok RunTones.

They are super cushioned and I do feel them working/stretching my legs when I have them on. They are good, the  only weird thing is they make a little noise from the sole when I run so it sounds like someone is running up behind me! A little creepy especially since I usually run at night! Even my dog noticed and kept looking over his shoulder when we were out ♥

Had the hardest time finding a Neon Pink tank top for the race. Since so many of my friends are also doing the race we thought it only appropriate if we match somehow. I have to run in a tank as I get so hot so finding one was a little hard. I did find a Nike one but it was a loose fit and $20. wanted to just find a regular ribbed one. I finally did at a "little girls" store. Hey I was a little girl at one time and if it still fits???

Washed the outfit I am wearing. Tried it on and ready to go!

The night before the race I went and picked up my race packet. FUN! Got my number I am an official runner!

Some friends that were running with me met up before and got a few pics ~

We were so excited!! It had been raining around 8pm that night and a little breezy so we had long sleeves and jackets. So glad it stopped raining. It was actually perfect weather to run - light breeze and about 65 degrees. Perfect Midnight Run!

This was actually before the race...getting excited...

I actually jogged the whole race! Everyone in my group took off at the starting line and left me in their dust...but they are 3 to 5 years YOUNGER than me!  But I was running/jogging! So proud of myself. I was passed by almost everyone - there were walkers behind me and I actually passed 3 people! WooHoo! Not too bad for a beginner runner who has only trained for 4 weeks! I haven't gotten my time yet but I know I was at least 40 min. if not more. I wanted to make it under 40 but hey - at least I ran the whole time!

We made it - all hot and sweaty after the race!!

So excited for our next one! Not sure what I will run next but I do have planned a Mud Run in October. I am actually going to run a 5K with obstacles and think I can make it! HA! But this time I have 6 months to train and hope to get at least one more 5k under my belt with better speed!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Envelope System - Fabric Cash Envelopes

My latest creations!  Envelopes for the Cash system like Dave Ramsey!

Black/White/Pink Combination

I have been wanting to make some of these for quite a while...but of course kept putting it off - just like using the envelopes for cash! Well I found an easy way to make some on pinterest and also found a way to keep them closed without a zipper or Velcro or snaps!

Secret Snap closure

My secret trick for snap/back envelopes. I don't want to reveal my secret but it does keep the envelopes closed and the change stays in! It is not a magnet. I know it is hard to tell in the photo...I guess I should try and make a video?

Brown/Pink combination

I can make any label name or title and I have multiple colors combinations  available. I am making a Blue/Purple/Pinl combo right now.
I will make some  samples to put on Etsy and put up Fabric combos available ...but I can take custom orders, too ♥

What do you think??

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review ~ The Good Wife's Guide - Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet

Have you read a good book lately?? Well now is your chance ~ "The Good Wife's Guide - Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet" by Darlene Schacht. Yes, that Darlene from the Time-Warp Wife Blog! You know that one that Co-authored Reshaping it ALL with Candice Cameron Bure!

I was given the chance to read this book and write a review. VERY EXCITED!! I love to read positive books that show me (and other women) how to be the wife that God created us to be! This topic is very near and dear to my heart as I believe this is the way that "won" my husband over to the Lord.

1 Peter 3:1-2 NKJV

 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.

The way we act and the things we do - if they are pleasing to the Lord then they are pleasing to our husbands! And trust me - they like that! Submission - that big hairy, scary word that most women hate to hear - is the one thing that brought my husband to believe in a relationship with God. I used to hate that word!  But now after learning how it can affect someone so purely I cherish that word and want to shout it from the roof tops!

I struggled with letting go and letting God. I struggled with letting my husband lead me and make the decisions. I wanted to be the one in charge! But that didn't work...and we constantly fought about who was right! It was miserable! Trust me! One day I read another great book and my eyes were opened!
Since then I have read numerous books on this subject. Too many to list! But am always looking for a new updated version that I can give to my friends or new acquaintances. Well I found that book!!

I cannot tell you how many times I discuss this topic with women I meet and they are misinformed or lack any knowledge of how they should be living their roles as a wife and help meet to their husbands. If you are in this predicament or know someone who would benefit from learning - I highly recommend this book.

Some of my favorite parts from the book that make you think...

"It's so much easier to instruct others than it is to instruct ourselves--to work on improving their walk of faith rather than improving our own."

...start by giving up on the question, "What's in it for me?" and replace the question with, "What can I offer?"
These are just some of the things to ponder as you are reading this book - trust me there are lots more but I can't copy the whole book here now can I???

I forgot to mention the best part! This book is divided into 2 parts ~ Part 1 is the book to encourage you to be the best you can be as a wife. Part 2 is the practical application and how to work on your home - cleaning, de-cluttering and how to keep order! Love this section!!

This book is available for Kindle and just came out in paperback! I love books - but I need a book in my hand that I can highlight and underline and bend the corner of a page to remember! Thanks Darlene for making a paperback version!

Have you read this book yet? What do you think?

This review is my own opinion and I was not paid for this review; I was given a pdf version of the book to read.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Purex Great New Scent!!!

I am so excited to share with you a New Scent that Purex just came out with. I LOVE it!

You know how much I LOVE chocolate chip cookies! Imagine the smell as they are cooking in the oven - now that can be wafting from your dryer!!!

My husband loved smelling my clothes on me after I pulled them out of the oven. He said I smelled good enough to eat!!

What do you think, would you buy it?


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