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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's Ok June 30, 2015


It's ok...that I was stuck in the Atlanta airport for almost longer than I was in Louisiana last week. 

It's ok...that I haven't been getting notifications from BlogHer for some reason and have missed out on some opportunities to make a nice chunk of change. 

It's ok...that people coming from Kentucky to Evansville drive REALLY SLOW and I wish they would just get out of my way. 

It's ok...that I appear to be coming down with a cold. 

It's ok...that I'm not going up to the lake over the 4th of July. 

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Italian Tomato Burger and a Green Egg Giveaway

It's been super rainy here for the last couple weeks, but it finally dried off this past weekend and we were able to grill on Sunday afternoon.

We decided to mix it up and made Italian Tomato burgers with a can of Red Gold diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano mixed in with some Laura's Lean Ground Beef. They were super easy to make and turned out really well - with a hint of Italian flavor. Paired with some freshly canned peaches and it was the perfect summer dinner.

Speaking of Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef, they've teamed up again this summer to give away a big green egg grill each week and 800 insulated tote bags now through July 22 during their Summer Grilling Giveaway on Facebook. You can also check out a bunch of Red Gold grilling recipes to try yourself. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's Ok June 23, 2015

It's ok...that you can be family and not friends.

It's ok...that I'm in Louisiana and it's 96 degrees.

It's ok...that I'm excited I get to add another state to the visited list, even if I'm here for work.

It's ok...that I can't wait to test out the bug spray I made.

It's ok...that I'm taking a couple days off of running while I'm here because I'm sore from all the hills and I'm letting a blister heal.

It's ok...that SYTYCD is back on!

What's ok with you this week?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Runnin' for a Reason 5K Race Recap

Last weekend, I completed my first ever 5k and was really mad and disappointed that I walked part of it. I wasn't sure if I was going to sign up for another 5k this weekend to redeem myself, but a friend talked me into it. I'm so glad I did!

Mary's husband took this photo of us. She's 22 weeks pregnant with twins and still walked/ran!

Due to all the rain from Tropical Storm Bill, the temperature was around 70 degrees and it was raining on and off and windy coming off the river. But, it felt awesome. The complete opposite from last weekend where it was nasty hot and just gross. 

There were only about 40 people in this race and it was nice because everyone was so friendly and encouraging. I stopped to tie my shoe in the first mile and then I walked for about 10 seconds at the water stop because I couldn't get anything in my mouth while running. My time was 41:28.1 - over 90 seconds better than last week. This was even with the crazy hills through the park along the Ohio in Henderson and with getting a blister on my heel! I just went my own pace and didn't try to keep up with people ahead of me. Even though it was hard, especially with those hills, not once did I reach the point of this is madness, why am I doing this like I did last week. In fact, I am so glad Mary talked me into doing it because it was a lot of fun. I don't plan on running a race again until August because it's so hot here but I am definitely going to continue training for a 10k. 

I definitely have the runner's bug!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Forgotten Child Groom

I remember learning about child marriage during the Middle Ages, sometimes as young as 7 or 8, in history class and thinking that I was so glad that I live now when that doesn't happen.

Except that in some places, such as Western Nepal, it does still happen. 

© 2015 Carey Wagner/CARE

Boys and girls are often forced to marry each other. The girls move in with their husband's family and the couple is expected to start a family as young as twelve. Nepal is one of eight countries where more than 10 percent of boys under the age of 18 are married. These child grooms come from poverty and by being forced to marry so young, the cycle is perpetuated. Child marriage is a human rights violation as agreed upon by member nations of the United Nations in the International Bill of Human Rights.

  © 2015 Carey Wagner/CARE

Take Mathura. He was forced to marry his wife at the at the age of twelve and dropped out of school in 8th grade to support his family working in the rice paddies. Today he lives with his parents, wife, son, daughter, three brothers and two oxen. Mathura was a top student and often wonders what life would have been like if he had been able to stay in school.

Former child grooms are now speaking out to prevent future generations from being forced to trade childhood for marriage.

This Father's Day, I encourage you to learn more about the efforts of CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty by empowering women and girls, to raise awareness of child marriage and reach out to your Congressional leaders to remind them to support organizations fighting child marriage.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Experience With Matcha

 I received this product in exchange for a review from Matcha Oorganics. However, all opinions are my own.

I have been wanting to try 100% pure organic matcha green tea for ages, so when the opportunity finally came my way, I jumped on it.

I know several people that love the stuff and are always telling me I need to try it. They drink matcha tea everyday and several use the powder as a natural green food dye. 

Matcha is supposed to have several health benefits, including:
• Metabolism booster
• Calming effect
• Enhances focus
• Provides energy
• Good source of antioxidants

**Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. I am not a doctor so use at your own risk.**

I made mint matcha tea to try and unfortunately I didn't like the taste at all. It's just not my cup of tea, I guess. 

However, I am always on the lookout for natural food dyes, so I will totally use it for this purpose in the future!

If you would like ideas for other uses of 100% pure organic matcha green tea, Matcha Organics is giving you a Top 100 Matcha Recipes e-book with each order. Hopefully you'll like it better than I did!

It's Ok June 16, 2015

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's ok...that I can't believe it's already going into late June!

It's ok...that I was so excited to try Starbucks' red velvet frappuccino this morning and was sorely disappointed. I love pretty much red velvet everything and I didn't care for it at all.

It's ok...that I ran a "redemption run" last night. 3.11 miles in 40:26. No walking.

It's ok...that I registered for that 5k on Saturday because I'm still pissed about walking.

It's ok...that I just bought $25 of pork that came from the Amish farmer we bought half of a hog from earlier this year.

It's ok...that I have been craving Disco Fries from this restaurant called Toast here. I have only had them once but the are SO GOOD!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

My First 5k Race

I ran my first 5k this morning and while I finished, to be completely honest, I'm really mad and disappointed in myself. While my ultimate goal was to finish, I really wanted to run the entire time and finish in under 40 minutes. Well, I ran most of it and walked through the water stations and a block or two. Here's my recap:

Start: I better get to the middle to back of the pack so I don't get trampled by people going faster than me...this was a mistake, get out of my way walkers!

Mile 1: These two girls in front of me seem to be going close to my pace.As long as I can stay within about 10 feet of them, I should be fine...Hi Ewan! Where's Daddy and Cecily?...Holy cow I just ran my fastest mile yet! 11:20. I better slow down so I can run the entire thing.

Mile 2: Thank God, here's the water station, I need to walk for a few seconds...Ok, back to running...OMG, I think I'm going to die or throwup, I can't decide but I need to walk for a minute...Ok, here's the turnaround, I'm gonna run all the way back downtown then see how I'm feeling...this is madness, WHY am I doing this?! NEVER again!...Here's the water stop.

Mile 3: I've already walked and I'm pissed because I know I can do this without walking. What IS it with running downtown that makes it so hard for me? I don't care how slow I am, I'm going to run to the end...See? Look, you're almost at the turnaround, you're in the home stretch...Ok, you're at Court Street, only three more blocks to go!...Crap! I can't believe the girl I've been running this last mile with passed me back, floor it!

Finish: I didn't catch her, but I did finish running hard. She finished two seconds before me. I finished at 43:01.1. When my phone told me that at 3 miles my time was 40 minutes and some change, I knew that that goal was gone too, but I was gonna make it under 45 minutes if it killed me. And I did that at least. 

Alan and several people I know who were also there, plus friends at a birthday party we went to later keep telling me that I finished and that I did it, even though I walked some. And my head knows this is true. There is no way I would've been able to do this when I started in January. But, I can't help but feel really disappointed and down on myself for not running the entire thing. I started a 10k training plan for a 10k in August and now I'm torn between not running that race because if I can't even run a 5k, then how am I going to run double the distance and signing up for a 5k next weekend that I had thought about doing just to prove that I really can do it. 

Regardless, Colon Screening for Life 2016, I got my eye on you. I will run the entire thing and blow this year's time out of the water.

Monday, June 8, 2015

It's Ok June 9, 2015

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's ok...that I found a new show on Netflix called Turn and am totally addicted. It's about Patriot spies in the midst of Loyalists during the Revolutionary War.

It's ok...that even though I am absolutely terrified about my first 5k on Saturday that on Monday I started training to run a 10k in August.

It's ok...that I'm jealous of my co-worker going to to see NKOTB, TLC and Nelly in Louisville.

It's ok...that I read Outlander super fast, but I can't see to get through the next book in the series.

It's ok...that I'm swimming in greens from my garden and CSA!

What's ok with you this week?

My Family's Favorite Meal


I think we could eat them everyday and not get tired of them. From breakfast to brinner. From red velvet, to chocolate chip to banana to green for St. Patrick's Day - we love them.

Even my latest creation - Nutella with strawberries n cream.


What's your family's favorite food?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy Friday!

Alan has been out of town all this week and he came home last night. Let's just say I was so glad to see him! None of us has slept well while he's been gone and I'm exhausted. I have had a busy week, with the last MOPS event until fall and my book club meeting this week too. Luckily the kids were pretty good for MOPS and were asleep before my book club ladies came over. Whew!

Last night we went to our favorite local pizza place with friends to celebrate their daughter's birthday. How is it that she's FIVE already?! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was newly pregnant with Ewan and sicker than ever on the Higgins family vacation in Florida when I got the text that she had been born.

This weekend is jam packed with yard work, grocery shopping and hanging out with friends. 

We're hopefully going to hang out with a friend of mine who had a baby last weekend and her son on Saturday and then we'll be going to yesterday's birthday girl's party on Sunday. She and Ewan are buddies and it's always so entertaining to see all the kids play together. 

I've also got to fit in a couple runs this weekend and next week sometime because my first ever 5k is NEXT weekend and I haven't ran in a week. I have done it numerous times now, but never in an official race. To say I'm getting nervous is an understatement. Running the distance a few times before then will definitely make me feel better about things. 

It's going to be crazy, but a great time this weekend!

What about you? Any big weekend plans?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's Ok June 2, 2015

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's ok...that Alan made me watch all three Jurassic Park movies with his this past weekend and I can't stand any of them.

It's ok...that I'm so glad I'm home and not moving crap out of my mom's house. 

It's ok...that I had to throw out my favorite pair of sandals because they kept reinfecting my foot with the fungus I had last summer. 

It's ok...that the summer has just begun and I'm already over trimming all the shrubs in the yard. 

It's ok...that a rock flew off a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck and starred my windshield yesterday.

It's ok...that I'm quitting not one, but two organizations this year.

It's ok...that my grandmother's birthday was last Saturday and even though she's been gone going on two years, I was still pretty sad.  

It's ok...that this post is pretty negative...we all have those moments!

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