You know it has been a good weekend when you can say that you traveled through time and got to hang out with some superheroes. Not all on one day, of course. And technically the two events were not related to each other except for that fact that I was a part of both of them.
On Saturday Chris, myself and his boys went to the Renaissance Festival in Holly (B was with hid Dad). And believe it or not, I had never been before but I had high hopes for the festival as it is a very popular summer / fall past time here in Michigan.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that the festival did not live up to my expectations. I am not sure what I was expecting but what I saw on Saturday wasn’t it. I felt like we spent money just to spend more money. The cost of admission included free performances and while there were lots of them to choose from, I felt like the performers spent a lot of time pandering for tips. Outside of watching the performances our other options of things to do were to shop at the stores or buy food. It was also very crowded at the festival and it only got worse as the day went along.
The Ded Bob Show
I realize my opinion about the Renaissance Festival may be an unpopular one so I will give you another perspective. Chris and his boys LOVE the festival and they go every year. It just wasn’t for me.
On Sunday I took B to see Marvel Universe Live at The Palace. I knew without a doubt that the show would be a hit for B because he loves all superheros (and most especially Spider-man) but I figured it would be just okay for me.
He can’t believe he is there!
I was wrong! I was just as entertained as B was! Okay, maybe not quite to his level because he really was in awe of the whole show but I had a great time too. The story line was captivating; the special effects were amazing; the characters were great; the stage was ever-changing and always impressive; and the stunts were a lot of fun!
To give you an idea of how excited B was about the show, everyone he encountered commented about how enthusiastic he was to be there. I am telling you he was in heaven.
At one point in the show we had this conversation:
B: “Mom, they are all just wearing costumes right?”
Me: “Yes, they are in costumes.”
B: “But I want them to be real.”
Me: “Well, they are real if you believe that they are real.”
B: “They are real then.”
Ah, to be seven again.
Marvel Universe Live more than made up for me being underwhelmed about the Renaissance Festival. And all in all it was a great weekend!
Happy Monday! Ok, just kidding. It really isn’t Monday yet. But let’s face it, Monday will be here before we know it and instead of dreading its arrival how about we do something different and decide to look forward to Monday. It’s the start of a new week. The perfect day to try something new, make different choices and to be the best possible version of ourselves.
If you are a football fan then you know that Monday also happens to be a big football night! (Go Lions!) So how about you join me in sidelining the traditional Monday Night Football snacks and replacing them with some great plant-based snacks and meals?
B and I love our Silk Almond Milk!
Silk, one of mine and B’s favorite brands, has created a #MeatlessMondayNight Challenge which is quite simple. On Mondays all you have to do is not eat meat. Easy right? Well if you are B it is actually very easy since he doesn’t really care for meat. It’s his choice and probably more of a texture issue than anything else. That and he is known for being a picky eater or as I prefer to look at it, he knows what he likes.
For others, myself included, not eating meat at a meal may seem odd or even difficult to accomplish but I promise you that Silk has made it easy for us by providing great meatless recipes that you can find on their site here.
I am also a big fan of using Pinterest for finding new and different recipes and that is exactly where I headed this past Monday for our meatless Monday dinner.
I am a big fan of simple and easy to make recipes so when I came across this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas recipe, I knew it was the recipe for me! It has just three ingredients (we omitted the cheese) and it is super easy to make.
The end result was a very tasty Monday night dinner that was quick and easy to make! That is a win in my book.
So why am I taking on the Silk Meatless Monday Night Challenge? Partly because I want to find other options for B who doesn’t like meat and partly because I want to add more plant-based meals into my diet because I don’t think meat is necessary at every meal.
Here are some interesting facts that also made me eager to join the challenge!
Want to take on the Silk Meatless Monday Night Challenge with me? Click here to find out more information, recipes and even enter to win the ultimate gameday room makeover by taking the pledge to skip meat on Monday nights.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
This past weekend was all about The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k! As a Women Run the D blog ambassador I was given a complimentary race entry in exchange for blogging about the event and for volunteering at the Expotique. It was quite an honor to be chosen!
Photo thanks to Goddess Racing.
Saturday was the Renewal by Andersen Women Run the D Expotique at the Detroit Marriott. I was stationed at the bib look up table with the other two Women Run the D blog ambassadors, Heather from Finding Her Happy Pace and Amy from A Girl Fighting Fibro. We spent our time assisting our fellow Goddesses with looking up their bib numbers and directing them to the Expotique. This was my first time volunteering at an expo, I have volunteered at a water station at a race before so it was fun to experience another part of the runner experience from a different angle.
The Expotique before it opened.
My friends from Absopure were there too!
While I was at the Expotique I also picked up my packet!
Inside this great Athleta bag were some goodies like a Clif Bar (it got devoured while I worked at the Expotique), Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and more. I also got my race bib and t-shirt.
I have to tell you that this race shirt is one of my favorites! It is so soft and comfy. I actually ended up putting it on during the Expotique so I looked more official.
One more pic of the 3 of us! Life is why!
Sunday was the actual day of the race and since I had already picked up my packet, I didn’t have a lot to worry about in the morning. The race took place on Belle Isle which is a short drive from my house. There was a bit of a wait to get onto the bridge to go to Belle Isle but that was expected and the wait wasn’t really that long. Once I parked my car I had about an hour wait before the race was expected to start. I used that time to go to the bathroom (the had a ton of port-a-potties) and I even read for a bit in my car.
The perk of cooler weather? Breaking out my fun socks!
The half marathon start line.
I headed over to the start line about 15 minutes before the half marathon runners were scheduled to start (I ended up switching to the 5k). They started about 15 minutes later than scheduled, although I am not sure why that was. Once the half marathoners took off, us 5kers were able to line up to get our race on but there was a bit of confusion about where our start line was (I thought it was the same as the half marathoners and so did some others) and then once we were all lined up at our start line it turned out that we were lined up on the wrong side of it. Once everybody switched to the correct side we were sent out onto the course.
This was my first time running on Belle Isle and I would say it is similar to running on Grosse Ile for Rock CF. It is a flat, fast and scenic. As you may expect, there were a lot of women running the race but there were also a few men. It is so empowering getting to run with all of the women that were out there!
If memory serves me correctly, there was one water station for the 5k (I carry my own water when I run so I don’t always pay attention to the water stations) but the best “station” of all was The Sanders Chocolate Mile station at the 2.5 mile mark where they passed out Sanders chocolates!
I ate it almost immediately after I crossed the finish line. It was so good!
After crossing the finish line I also got this amazing medal!
It is definitely the prettiest and sparkliest medal in my medal collection.
Here are my official results!
Not too shabby! My goal for this race was to finish in under 30 minutes so, mission accomplished.
I had a really great time at The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k and I would definitely recommend that you add it to your race calendar for next year.
The weekend officially kicks off with the Renewal by Andersen Expotique on Saturday at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from 10am-4pm. I will be hanging out at the bib look up / information station from 10am-1:30pm so make sure your stop by and say hello. After picking up your packet and visiting with me, there will be tons of other things for you to do at the Expotique.
Visit vendors such as Brooks, NuStep, Hanson’s Running Shop, Fellow Flowers, Athleta, Tri-Covery, and more… even our own Women Run the D Boutique! Paint and Pour, which claims to offer the most creative night on the town, will be bringing that creativity to our Expotique to teach you to paint! You’ll be able to take home your very own commemorative American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5K painting or hand-painted wine glass. For a different type of paint, get your nail polish changed… or get your hair braided or enjoy a hand or chair massage, all compliments of Pamper Me Valet. Our friends at Tri-Covery will also be on hand to help you stretch!
An added bonus of picking up your packet at the Expotique is that you with get an Athleta goodie bag and you will be entered to win an awesome workout outfit from Athleta!
Later on in the evening there is a Be Bold PJ Party from 7:30pm-8:30pm also at the Detroit Marriott. The Be Bold PJ party is a complimentary Pilates/yoga/stretching class to help you get ready for the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K! Click here to sign up for the Be Bold PJ Party.
Race day is on Sunday at Belle Isle which is a Michigan State Park. As such you must have a Recreation Passport for entry or you can purchase one when you arrive. The Half Marathon starts at 8am and the 5k starts at 8:15am.
Immediately following the race you can partake in the post race party which will feature water from my friends at Absopure, wraps with Flaout Bread, protein shakes by Core Power, fresh fruit from Door-to-Door Organics and more!
Not registered for The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k ? There is still time! You can register at the Renewal by Andersen Expotique and even on the morning of the race. But keep in mind space is limited and the remaining registrations will fill up fast!
I look forward to seeing you there and earning one of these medals with you!
I didn’t partake in the Golden Tote September Tote purchase because oddly enough, nothing called out to me. I do however, have more group trades and purchases to share with you and even a giveaway!
Let’s get started!
Layer It On Blouse
Remember how much I loved the ivory version of this top that I got in my August Tote? No? Well I loved it so much that I was on the hunt for it in the navy version and I got it!
I will have to wait until it cools off to wear it but at least I will have that to look forward to because although I have been in Michigan all my life, I really do not like cold weather.
Potters Pot Top
I am not sure what the official name of this top is but the brand is Potters Pot. Unfortunately this did not work out as well as I was hoping. I don’t think it is flattering on me at all shape wise and I am not a fan of the color on the top part of the shirt. Sadly I will be listing this FSOT (for sale or trade) on the Golden Tote group page.
Hourglass Lily Dress
Here’s another item that I don’t know the name of but at least this time around it’s a keeper! I think this dress is really cute and I can’t wait to dress it up in the fall with a pair of tights and boots.
I expected these to be jeans but they are actually more of a khaki material. Regardless, I think they are great and that they will be a perfect item for the fall.
As you may notice, I will have to get them shortened as they are much too long for me but that’s not a big deal.
So technically I didn’t get these from the Golden Tote Facebook Group but they are the exact same pair of Gladiator Wedges that Golden Tote has listed on their site. I got them on Ebay for a fraction of the cost and they are as amazing as everyone says they are!
They are so comfortable and they go with everything. I love them so much I want to get another pair in black.
Jules Smith Criss Cross Earrings
You may remember from my post last month that there was a bit of a mix up with my warehouse order. I had ordered the Jules Smith Criss Cross Earrings but I received the Jules Smith Fringe Party Earrings. After I reached out to Golden Tote about the mix up, they almost immediately send out the correct pair of earrings and they told me that I could also keep the Fringe Party Earrings.
You could win these Fringe Party Earrings!
As much as I love the Fringe Party Earrings they are too heavy for my ears. So I am going to pay it forward and give them away to one of you! To enter to win the earrings, just use the widget below. Good luck!
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What do you think of the items I got from the group?
It’s hard to believe that Summer has come to an end AND that I am in my second year of Stitch Fixing. Time flies when you are wearing awesome clothes and doing Stitch Fix reviews!
In case you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, let me bring you up to speed. Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription service (although you don’t have to get one every month, you pick how often) that sends you clothes and accessories based on a style profile that you fill out. You can keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee but if you keep any of the items, the $20 fee is deducted from the total purchase price of the item(s) you keep. If you keep all 5 of the items from your fix you receive a 25% discount on EVERYTHING. Basically it is like playing dress up as an adult…..and it is both fun and addicting! To sign up to get a fix of your own, click here to use my referral link!
Every month you can also leave a note for your stylist. So if you have an event that you need some clothes for or if you just have an idea of what kind of pieces you want to add to your wardrobe you can pass that information along!
This month I asked my stylist Diana for this bag and this top. I also asked for clothes that were more edgy to liven up my wardrobe. Did she deliver? Let’s take a look and find out!
She always leaves me the nicest notes!
Item#1: Pixley Montgomery Cross Front Knit Top
I certainly wouldn’t call this top edgy and I don’t normally like wrap style tops because I am smaller on top but I do like the colors of this top and I think the shape is very flattering.
However, the top isn’t interesting enough to convince me that it is worth the price tag plus I really don’t need any more sleeveless tops at this point in the year because let’s face it, winter is coming. (And I am having Game of Thrones withdrawals!)
Cost to Keep: $48.00
Item #2: Pixley Rexford Mesh Neckline Tank
Initially I was torn on this top because olive isn’t a color that I would normally pick out for myself but at the same time it is definitely edgy as I requested. It’s also a sleeveless shirt, which again, isn’t something that I probably should be purchasing in September.
Once I tried it on I am still torn. I actually really love the top on me and I think the olive color will be great for fall. I love the mesh neckline and I even like having my bra show through the mesh. Sure I could have put on a strapless bra but having an exposed bra is all that rage right now, right?! It totally wasn’t that I was too lazy to change my bra. Nah, it was definitely on purpose for the sake of fashion. I am also torn because of the $54.00 price tag. That seems a bit much for a tank top. In September. Shouldn’t tank tops be on clearance? Ok, enough rambling. I do love the top but I need your help. Should I be irrational and keep it or should I side with my reasonable side and send it back? Help a girl out!
Cost to Keep: $54.00
Status: Help me decide!
Item #3: Iner Kahla Tie-Neck Blouse
I have a confession to make…..when I get my Stitch Fix shipment notification, I peek to see what I am getting. Every single time. I just can’t help it. So when I saw I was getting this top I wasn’t sure I would like it.
We had a furry visitor that liked watching me take my pictures.
I love the cobalt color but the style of the top isn’t really me. I find the tie at the neck to be a bit too fussy for my liking. It would certainly be cute on someone else just not me. Plus again, it is sleeveless and we all know where I am going with this sentence right?
Cost to Keep: $44.00
Item #4: Mavi Altura Button Down Top
If you read the note from my stylist Diana then you already know that the Skies Are Blue Sailor Button Down top was not available so she sent me this top instead. And I totally understand why she sent it, as it is very similar.
I really really really wanted to like this top (I love Mavi clothing normally) and I do but just not the black. If it was in any other color, it would have been a keeper. Instead, I am going to send it back and request either the Sailor Button Down (hey it doesn’t hurt to keep trying) or this shirt in a different color next month.
Cost to Keep: $58.00
Item #5: Urban Expressions Jak Zipper Detail Tote
My stylist is the best! I asked for this tote and she sent it. And I am simply in love. With her and the tote.
Also, I decided to style the Mavi shirt differently to try to talk myself into keeping it. I do like this look better than the look above but I still would prefer the shirt to be a different color than black so I am sticking with my decision of sending it back.
But back to the tote. It’s obviously a keeper!
Cost to Keep: $68.00
Overall this wasn’t exactly the edgy fix I was looking for. Although I can’t blame Diana too much as my style hasn’t always leaned edgy. It has just been something I have recently been interested in so I am confident that with time she will adapt to my new style and send me some great edgy items to spice up my wardrobe.
I am however very happy that she sent me the tote! It’s great!! I do love the mesh tank but I still need your help deciding if I am going to keep it. And the Mavi top was very close to the Skies Are Blue top I was hoping for.
On another note, did you notice my hair? I just got it colored and I am LOVING it! It is a golden rule that women should change their hair and get a new bag every season right? Or is that just my rule? lol
Ready to get your own fix? Click HERE to sign up for Stitch Fix through my referral link. It makes me happy when you do!
Want to see my past fixes? Click on the links below.
This post is sponsored by Kushyfoot. All opinions are my own.
Being fashionable and being comfortable shouldn’t be mutually exclusive concepts, they should instead walk hand in hand or in this case foot in foot together. Recently I was given the opportunity to try out some legwear products from Kushyfoot, a brand that offers legwear solutions while keeping a focus on comfort.
Let’s take a look at what they sent me to try!
I don’t do yoga but I do partake in some Pilates from time to time and I found these socks to be perfect for that purpose! The open toe design and the non-slip grip were great for gripping my workout mat during the balance exercises of my Pilates workout. The only downside I have to report about the yoga socks is that some of my toes were covered by the socks but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me.
Ultra Low Cut Foot Covers
As much as I would prefer to spend my whole day in flip flips or a pair of running shoes, the reality is that I spend most of my day in dress shoes at work. I am not a big fan of knee highs so I have tried many many many kinds of foot covers and I have to say that these are the best ones out there!
I know some foot covers will say that they are no-show, but these ones really are! And I don’t know about you but it drives me crazy when the foot covers are visible while I am wearing my shoes. The other great thing about these foot covers is that they have a little foot cushion right under the ball of the foot which is heavenly! Especially if you enjoy wearing heels, like I do.
I truly loved all of the other items that Kushyfoot sent me, but I have to admit that these foot covers were my favorite out of all of them!
Sport Foot Cover
These are a sporty version of their foot covers. They are designed to be worn with you running / workout shoes or other sneakers. They are light weight and super comfy!
Low Cut Socks
These are great everyday socks, in my opinion. I also like them for my cross training workouts. They offer just the right amount of thickness and they even massage your feet a little with each step that you take.
The items I sampled are just a small representation of all the products that Kushyfoot offers. Click here to check out the Kushyfoot website to find the perfect legwear solution for you!
It’s time for another Nadine West review! This one is being dubbed my lazy days of summer Nadine West review because I was too lazy to take any pictures with the items on (not to mention it was too hot) and I sent back the items I decided not to keep with the packing slip without writing down the names and prices of the items. Ooops.
Not familiar with Nadine West? Nadine West is similar to Stitch Fix (and you all know how much I LOVE Stitch Fix) but it dubs itself as being a more affordable alternative. Each month in your Nadine West package you will receive 2-4 clothing and / or accessory items based on your style profile. You will be billed $6.50 when your package ships to cover the cost of shipping and that amount will be deducted from the cost of the items that you decide to keep. Whatever you choose not to keep can be returned to Nadine West at no cost to you. To learn more about Nadine West or to sign up, click here to use my referral link.
Item #1: Floral Tank
The first item in my Nadine West shipment was this floral tank. I like the color and the cut-out in the back but the fit was a bit too snug and too short for my liking. I am also not a fan of the floral pattern.
Item #2: Black Lace Tank
I was excited to see this tank in my shipment because it had my name written all over it. I love the lace detailing and that it can easily be dressed up or dressed down. The fit on this tank was perfect too!
Item #3: Pink Bracelet
I like the look and color of this bracelet a lot. Unfortunately because I have such small wrists it is just too big for me. As a general rule, most bracelets don’t work for me unless they are adjustable.
Item #4: Blue Flower Necklace
I saved the best item for last! As soon as I saw this statement necklace I knew it was a keeper. I love the color of the flowers and the layout of the flowers. I think it is a very versatile necklace that I will get a lot of use out of and I am excited that they sent it to me!
Overall I think this was one of my favorite Nadine West packages! I felt that what I was sent was more my style and I felt that the quality of the items was better than some that I have received in past shipments. Like all shipments I have received thus far, no item was more than $25, which makes Nadine West very affordable.
One small change that occurred this month with Nadine West is that upon shipment of your package, you are billed $6.50 to cover the cost of shipping. That amount is then deducted from the cost of whatever you decide to keep. Although $6.50 is very reasonable, it may deter me from getting future Nadine West shipments just because I have had many months where I have returned everything that I was sent. That didn’t bother me when there was no up front cost but now I would feel more pressured to purchase something. I’m not 100% sure what I plan to do yet, I will have to think on it some more but those are my initial thoughts.
Want to see my past Nadine West shipments? Click on the links below.
You guys, the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is just a little over two months away!! I can not wait! And while I have been busy counting down the days, I have also been busy planning our runDisney running costumes. Ready to check ‘em out?
And here is Chris’s:
Here is a close up of the felt belt buckle!
That’s right, we are running the race as Jessie and Woody from Toy Story.
Let me break down our running costumes in case you are interested in the specifics.
First we will start with my costume. The shirt and skirt for my costume came directly out of my closet which was a great money saver! Although I have been on the look out for a pair of “jean” running shorts from INKnBURN but I haven’t seen a pair that was just right. Both the hat and the cuffs came from Amazon. The cuffs actually came from a Jessie costume that you can see here. I couldn’t find the cuffs separately but I figure I can use the costume for Halloween this year. The felt belt buckle (which I plan to attach to my running belt) and the cow printed calf sleeves both came from Etsy.
Let’s move on to Chris’s costume. The hat, vest and the Under Armour shirt all came from Amazon. The felt belt buckle came from Etsy and the shorts are his.
We are pretty excited about our costumes! And a bit curious to see how it is going to be running in those hats. lol The things you do for a Disney race.
What do you think of our costumes?
Are you running the Wine & Dine?
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This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own
Have you ever taken a look at my Races I Want to Run Page? No? Ok click here and go look. I’ll wait.
That’s a great list of races, right? Did you notice a race called Run Woodstock on my list? That is a Running Fit race that is not just any old race but a whole weekend filled with races! They offer everything from a 5k to a 100 mile race plus everything in between. If you can’t find a race distance at Run Woodstock that interests you then you must not be a runner. For more information on the Run Woodstock three days of peace, music and running click here.
Check out the medal!
This race has been on my list for quite some time so imagine my excitement when Absopure reached out to me with two free race entries! I mean we all know that Absopure is the official water sponsor of all Running Fit races but I just didn’t expect to get hooked up with Run Woodstock race entries. It goes without saying but Absopure rocks!
Sadly I am not able to work Run Woodstock into my schedule this year. There is always next year right? Lucky for you, my loss is your gain!
I am giving away the two Run Woodstock race entries to two of you on behalf of Absopure. The race entries are valid for any of their races up to the marathon distance. Please keep in mind that the Run Woodstock race weekend is September 11-13, so only enter if you are available that weekend. Registration for Run Woodstock closes on September 9th at 12 noon so if you are one of the winners make sure you register before then. To enter the giveaway, use the widget below. Good luck and happy running!