Spartan Beast Change Up


Did you hear the news? Spartan Race is bringing their Beast to Ohio! Woop!

Chris and I were originally signed up for the Spartan Beast in Texas on 11/1 but after hearing that news we changed it up and we are now registered for the Spartan Beast in Ohio on 10/4. Nothing against Texas but getting to the Ohio race is going to be much gentler on our bank accounts.

The change however, may not be very gentle on our bodies. On 9/27 we are doing the Spartan Super in Chicago so that means just one week later we will be tackling the Beast. Crazy, right?! You all will need to remind me when the time comes that I thought it was a good idea because I am sure as I get closer to those dates, I will be questioning my sanity. That’s a lot of Spartan in one week’s time!

Anyone else joining us for the Spartan Ohio race? All three distances (the Sprint, Super & Beast) will be there that weekend, so it is a great opportunity for us Michiganders (and Ohioans) to get our Spartan on! Aroo!


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OOFOS Recovery Footwear Review

I received a pair of OOFOS in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About a month ago I received a pair of OOFOS Recovery Shoes (the flip flop) version to review.

Chewie was a bit bummed to find out that there was not a dog version for him.

Chewie was a bit bummed to find out that there was not a dog version for him.

As soon as I put on the sandals I discovered why they were named OOFOS! The first word out of my mouth was….”OOOHHHHH!” They are THAT comfy.

After that first initial try on, I started wearing my OOFOS everywhere. After working out, on my way to work, after work. I was hooked on feeling the OO!

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Curious to learn more about the OOFOS? Here is some information that they shared with me that I found interesting, so I will share it with you as well!

What is OOFOS footwear?

-  OOFOS footwear is powered by our innovative and proprietary OOfoam technology combined with our patented footbed design

Leader in the Recovery Market

  • 37% shock absorption than any other foam material currently being used in the footwear market.
  • Each step OOFOAM disperses your body’s impact to the side of the shoe, rather than coming up back through your body.
  • Allows the body to recover after athletic activity.  Endurance athletes in particular benefit from the well-designed massaging footbed.

History of OOFOS

  • OOFOS was started with a renowned foam chemist in Korea.  The chemist has been making foam material for all of the major athletic brands for years.  He made foam for athletic shoes, football helmets and other applications.  His mother was suffering from arthritis and using a cane, so he set out to create an impact absorption foam that would alleviate the pressure on the body when people are not exercising.  He developed a footwear foam material and the results were incredible.  His mother’s pain was gone when she was standing and walking.  His factory workers pain was eliminated when they were standing on their feet all day.

  • This is where the OOFOS team came in and joined with the chemist to study/test the material more.  Through the testing we created a biomechanically designed footbed that maximizes what this pioneering foam material could offer consumers to make their bodies feel better.  The patented footbed design offers arch support that customizes to the foot of the consumer, whether they have a low arch or high arch – thus offering them the proper support and alignment for their bodies.  Combining this with the innovative impact absorption properties, and softness of the material, consumers repeatedly told us that OOFOS footwear made them feel better!

Ready to get your own pair of OOFOS so you can feel the OO for yourself? Head on over to the OOFOS site and use the code CREWnorth at check out to get free shipping!

But before you do that,  I have to give you an advanced warning….the people you live with are going to try to steal your OOFOS so you might as well just get a pair for everyone.

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Why yes, yes that is the bf wearing MY OOFOS! He couldn’t care less that I caught him, he was just enjoying feeling the OO!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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SURPAHS Body Fat Scale Review

I received the SURPAHS body fat scale to review. All opinions are my own.

I have never been a fan of standard scales as I don’t feel that your weight alone is a true depiction of how healthy you are. I do however, like body fat scales as they give a broader view into your health.

Recently I received the SURPAHS body fat scale to review. And the verdict? I LOVE it!

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What’s to love?

- It is aesthetically pleasing with its slim and modern design. It blends in with my bathroom instead of standing out.

- It stores multiple users (up to 8) so your whole family can use the scale.

- It is smart! You don’t have to turn it on or even let it know which family member is stepping on it. It is able to remember who you are right after your initial set up!

- It provides a greater look into your health by not only measuring weight but also body fat, water, muscle and bone mass!

The only thing I can’t vouch for regarding the scale is the accuracy of the body fat, water, muscle and bones mass readings. I have no way to determine if those readings are accurate but I can say that the weight read out was correct so I am hopeful that the other readings were as well.

Interested in getting your own SUPRAHS Body Fat Scale. Click here to purchase one through Amazon!

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Are We Blended Yet?

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The bf and I have been living together for over a year now so I guess it isn’t news that we are a blended family.

For those of you who are not familiar with our relationship let me bring you up to speed. Chris and I have been dating for over 2 years and we moved in together in May of last year. I have one son from a previous marriage who is six and Chris has two boys from a previous relationship, one is 12 and one is about to be 10. So all of us combined together make a happy blended family.

But to be quite honest we are not always happy and we don’t always feel very blended. In short, being in a blended family is hard. Really, really hard.

I know that some of you will say that being in a “traditional” family is hard too and I get that because I have done that as well. But being in a blended family is different and with that brings its own set of challenges.

Of those challenges the most difficult of all is our exes. Neither Chris nor I have a great relationship with our respective ex. (Not because we don’t want to but just because that is the way it is.) As you can imagine our exes have tremendous influence over our kids and because of that a tremendous influence over our relationship and our family unit. It can be very frustrating and sometimes very hurtful.

Another challenge is the kids themselves. Each of them is great in their own way but sometimes they can be…..well…….kids! Sometimes they like each other and sometimes they don’t. But when they don’t like each other it is in a “you’re not my real brother” kind of way. Sometimes the kids don’t like Chris or I either and when they don’t like one of us it becomes a ” I don’t have to listen to you because you are not my parent” kind of situation.

Another challenge is Chris and I ourselves. Our relationship can be defined as relatively new and as such we are still perfecting things between the two of us. As many of you may know, this can be difficult without outside influences but we also have all of the above playing into our relationship. We also came into the relationship with our parenting styles firmly intact instead of learning to parent together as is the case in “traditional”relationships which adds an additional layer of challenges.

Despite all of the challenges, we have made some significant progress in our blended family. There are times when everything is going smooth and everyone is getting along. Those times are wonderful and give us hope as to what the future can hold. We may not have this blended family thing down completely but we are headed in the right direction and at the end of the day that is all we can ask for!

Are you part of a blended family?  I would love to hear about it!

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I’m 35!

Yep, it is true, I am the big 35 now.

And just like every year on the 4th of July, everyone really went out of their way to celebrate my big day. Between all the fireworks, parade and bbqs you all really know how to make a girl feel loved. ;) (And yes, for those of you who didn’t already know I was born on the 4th of July. And so was my brother but we are not twins. I can’t make this stuff up.)

Okay, okay so all of that stuff wasn’t really for me. But you know who really made me feel special? The bf! He was so good to me.

Want to take a peek at a couple of the gifts that he got me? Of, course you do!


Yes, he got me a pull up bar! I used to have one but lost it in the divorce so I am excited to have one again. The bf and I will both be using it to train for our upcoming Spartan Races!


He also got me a bike! (Mine is the white one in the back.)

Funny story about the bike. While I was at work one day, he got it and put it with all the kids bikes as you see here in the pic. I got home from work and walked right passed it without noticing it. I walked past it several more times that day until the bf kept on pestering me to go to the garage for various things. It was pretty funny!

I haven’t had the chance to ride it yet mostly because I had B all last week and although he has a bike of his own he doesn’t like to ride it very far. I am considering getting a co-pilot bike trailer so we can go on bike rides together, so stay tuned!

How was your weekend?

What did you do for the fourth?

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Last week I introduced you to my friend Jaymi and her son Marshall who was involved in a lawn mower accident. I listed many different ways that you could help their family and I want to thank all of you who have donated, sent a card, shared their story , said a prayer, or have helped in any other way. Now I am asking you to help in a different way.

I am asking you to log some miles for Marshall.

It seems like a simple request but it is one that will mean a lot. As I mentioned before Jaymi is a runner and like myself and all other runners out there she has found a lot of strength and solace in her runs. As you can imagine, running is not something Jaymi or Marshall are able to do right now. But we can.

We can log those miles for her and for Marshall. We can show Jaymi that the running community is behind her and her family.

Not a runner? Feel free to log those miles in any way you prefer. Walking, cycling, swimming you name it…just log those miles.

So how does it work?

1. Go for a run, walk, bike ride, swim etc and keep Marshall and his family in your thoughts. Take pictures, appreciate the little things along your route and enjoy every moment.

2. After running, walking, cycling, swimming etc post a recap of your workout on social media and use the hashtag #Miles4Marshall.

3. Head over to Marshall’s Facebook page by clicking here and share your recap with him and Jaymi. Post any pictures that you took along the way and leave a message for Marshall, Jaymi and the rest of the family.

4. Encourage others to do the same. The more Miles4Marshall the better!

5. Have a blog? Write about the miles that you dedicated to Marshall. Share his story. The more support the better! Don’t have a blog but want to write about the miles that you dedicated? Contact me at to arrange for a guest post on my blog!

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You will want to grab some tissue as this is going to be a hard post to read as it was certainly a hard post for me to write.

My friend Jaymi, her son Marshall and the rest of her family are all going through a very difficult time right now and they need your help. But before I get to that I want to tell you how I met Jaymi.

You may remember me talking about my friend Jackie that I met through B’s Gymboree class when he was much younger. B had formed a friendship with Jackie’s daughter Ella and Jackie and I became friends as well. I “met” Jaymi on Facebook through Jackie. Jaymi and I bonded because of our mutual love of running. I eventually met Jaymi in person at a going away party for Ella. It was there that I also met Jaymi’s two sons Marshall and Mason. Marshall is the same age as B, so that was something else that we had in common.

I haven’t seem Jaymi in person since that party but we have maintained our friendship through Facebook. Although I may not know Jaymi well, it was easy to see that she is a great Mom, Wife, Friend etc. She is also a badass runner and has provided me with lots of motivation and encouragement.

Recently her 6 year old son Marshall was involved in a freak accident. Marshall was accidentally run over by a lawn mower while playing with his brother Mason. Marshall is currently in a children’s hospital here in Michigan and will be undergoing extensive medical treatments to both of his legs. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for Jaymi, Marshall and the rest of the family. My heart aches for them and I can only begin to imagine what they are going through.

How can you help? Listed below are the various ways that you can help Marshall and his family. Any and all help is appreciated!

1. Monetary Donations - Please visit Marshall’s GoFundMe page by clicking here. The family needs to be able to focus on Marshall and not have to worry about any financial burdens that will undoubtedly be present during this time.

2. Cards4MarshallandMason - Every 6 year old loves to receive mail and Marshall is no exception. All cards will be sent to Jackie’s Monkey Do Project and she will then forward them to Marshall. I know Marshall would love to hear that he has a whole community of people thinking about him.

We are also asking for cards for Marshall’s older brother Mason as he was there when the accident happened and has been profoundly affected by it. He would love your support as well.



3. Keep Marshall and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

4. Share this post to encourage others to get involved. 


Thank you in advance for your help. I appreciate it and I know that Jaymi, Marshall and the rest of their family does too. To keep up to date on Marshall’s progress, head on over to his Facebook page by clicking here.



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Drenched 5k Giveaway!

If you live near Kansas City or South Texas, I have a fun giveaway for you!

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Thanks to the folks over at Drenched 5k I am giving away 2 entries into their awesome race series! The entry is good at either the Kansas City or South Texas event. Not familiar with Drenched 5k? Read below to find out more!

“Get hot when you run or walk the 5k and when you’ve crossed the finish line get ready for the best DRENCHED summer party in town!  Enjoy live music, blasting fire hoses, lively dancing, water slides, cold refreshments, foam stations and the biggest water balloon fight on the planet!

Runners and walkers are encourage to form teams, don crazy costumes, and bring out their biggest water guns for a little camaraderie and competition.

Party passes are available if you don’t like to sweat but want in on the fun. Drenched benefits local charities and kids run free/discounted.”

In addition, to entering the giveaway I have a discount code you can use! While registering just enter DRENCHEDBLOG to save $10 off of your registration!

To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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We Survived Camping!

This post was brought to you in part by Verizon! Thanks to Verizon I got to try out a Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. The tablet will be returned much to the dismay of B. All of the other camping details are my own!

Okay so maybe the title of this post is a bit dramatic but you may recall that a few blog posts ago I alluded to a camping trip that went bad. So bad that I never camped again. And that bad camping trip was when I was in college, so you know, that was just a few short years ago. ;)

The camping that I did while in college was way more rustic than the camping that I did this past weekend. Luckily for all of us, the bf’s parents have a fifth wheel which is pretty much like a mini home on wheels. We had a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, a TV, electricity, heat etc. You name it we had it. The bf and I did sleep in a tent but we enjoyed all of those luxuries during the day.

The campground that we were at wasn’t very rustic either. It had lots of conveniences and activities. An indoor pool, outdoor pool, playground, miniature golf, paddle boats etc!

This was the perfect kind of camping for me. In fact, all of us had a great time as you will see from the pics below.




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B tacking a break with the Nokia Lumia tablet. We loved it and it had great reception!

B taking a break with the Nokia Lumia tablet. We loved it and thanks to the Verizon network it had great signal strength even in the middle of nowhere!

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Although camping went great we did bring back something that I wish would have stayed there. Poison ivy or poison oak. I am not sure which but either way both B and the bf’s youngest has it.

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Do you like to go camping?

Do you prefer to rough it or camp with the conveniences like we had?






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CheeseTown Race Recap

This past Saturday myself, B, the bf, his kids and his Mom all participated in one of the CheeseTown Races in Pinconning. This post is dedicated to B’s experience at the race but to read about the bf’s experience click here.

B was signed up for the Little Meeces race which was the kids fun run. It was a bargain at $6 which included a race shirt and a medal. The only downside to the Little Meeces race was that it started after the 2 mile run/ walk and 5 mile run ended. This meant a lot of waiting around which isn’t a big deal as an adult but it certainly tested the patience of my 6 year old. I tried to keep him occupied by encouraging him to cheer on the runners that were coming in and he certainly enjoyed getting to see the bf, his kids and the bf’s Mom cross the finish line!

Little B is holding out his hand to give his brothers and Grandma a high five!

Little B is holding out his hand to give his brothers and Grandma a high five!

The Little Meeces race was for kids 8 and under and the start line for the race depended upon the kids age. B’s start line was probably about 400 meters or so from the finish line so obviously it wasn’t too far away. Parents were allowed to run with the kids for free if they wanted so I left that decision up to B. I wasn’t surprised that he asked me to run it with him but I was certainly proud to accompany him every step of his first race!

In B's defense the mouse and Ronald are kind of scary looking.

In B’s defense the mouse and Ronald are kind of scary looking.

B’s race started after the younger kids all crossed the finish line. Ronald McDonald and the CheeseTown Mouse counted down to get the race started. B still does not like people in costumes, so he was slightly scared of them. lol Once the kids were given the green light to go he took off as fast as his little legs could carry him. I suspected that he may tire and walk but he never did. He ran the entire race with the cheesiest smile on his face. Our goal was to beat the mouse who ran with B’s group and beat the mouse we did!

This is the best picture ever!

This is the best picture ever!

Proof that we did beat that mouse!

Proof that we did beat the mouse!

When we crossed the finish line B said to me, “We won Mom, we beat the mouse.” And without missing a beat, I told him that we did in fact win. I am so proud of him!

Once across the finish line B got his first ever race medal!


An up close look at the medal.

An up close look at the medal.

He also collected some food to refuel. I have to give CheeseTown props for the wide variety of post race food available. They had all sorts of beverages, fruits, ice cream, cookies, pizza and probably a lot more that I am not thinking about. There was definitely something for everyone.

Without a doubt this was one of my favorite races and I wasn’t even an official participant. B and I both had a cheesetastic time!


Have you ever ran a race with your kid(s)? How was it?


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