Progression Run, We Did it and a HALF TIME™ Lunch Kit GIVEAWAY


Well hello.

Last night I was thinking I needed to be in a rush to get this post and a giveaway up as early as possible, but then today I had a bit of a change of heart and decided to enjoy the moment and spend some quality time with the boys instead. It’s not everyday when I can do that and I’m very fortunate to be able to that some days. So today I did and it was glorious.


I randomly woke up at 4:55 am this morning. The alarm was set for 5:00 am, so I just got up and went for it.

I thought I would be more tired than I was for the run this morning. I set a goal to do 10 miles at an 8:00/mile pace.

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I felt pretty good though once I started and decided to try a little progression run since quite a few of you said you liked to do them with our little run chat the other day.

I think the only time I actually used to do them was when I was really pressed for time and needed to be off the treadmill at a certain time at the gym. Ha.

I started at a 8:00/min mile pace (7.5 MPH) for the first few miles and then added 0.1 MPH every mile for the last 7 miles.

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The last mile was at 7:19/mile pace and I was all smiles when I was done with that business before 7:00 am.

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I taught a spin class this morning too, which flew by for some reason. Maybe it was because I had some Kenny Loggins on my playlist. Ha ha.


So yeah, last night we did it. After asking to borrow a roll of paper towels from Mom (who does that?), I decided it was time for a Costco overhaul.

We took a couple of much needed deep breaths before going.

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Yes, I took reinforcements with me.

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Since it was a group effort, I only took one picture of a fun find there.

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I can’t wait to try this Apothic Dark out though. We love Apothic Red and I bet this is even better.

We made it out alive with not just one cart, but two.

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We were exhausted. Seriously, Costco just makes me so darn tired. It’s a workout in itself. Hopefully we won’t have to go back for awhile.


Today after we made a fashion statement at the gym

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and Joaquin decided to detail the back of my car seat a bit,

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we got some bike riding in.

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Actually, I walked, they biked.

They are opposites on the bike. Joaquin takes off and rides so darn fast while Judah is very cautious and rides at a very steady, slow speed. I think he gets that from me, I’m so careful and cautious all the time.

Random question for you parents out there:

When do we take training wheels off? Do we just lift them up a little bit first? How do you know when they’re ready for that?

Oops. I guess that’s three questions.



We got home from all our activities and were ready for lunch. Luckily we got these really cool HALF TIME™ pre-packed lunch kits from Applegate.


We received these kits to help with the whole lunch-packing dread parents have for school lunches. I don’t mind packing lunches, but having healthy convenient, pre-packed lunches is definitely a treat.

Since we were sent three lunches in our kit and the boys were overly excited about them (as you can see above), we got into one of them today.


Yes, they were super excited to pick out their lunch for today and I’m really excited to be able to use one of the other ones for their lunches tomorrow for school.

Win win.


I’ve always avoided pre-packed lunches because of all the artificial ingredients used. I feel good about these though. It’s nice to know that there are some healthy options out there now.


Applegate has teamed up with Stonyfield and Annie’s to create the first pre-packed lunch kit with natural and organic ingredients. HALF TIME™ includes Applegate natural meats and cheeses (which have no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and are antibiotic- and hormone-free), Annie’s Homegrown crackers and snacks, and Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers.

I’m pretty impressed with the lunch kits.


Not to mention it made the whole lunch prep thing today a breeze.


And what can I say, they’ve got some skill.


Ha ha.

We are all really digging this whole HALF TIME™ thing. The boys are already excited to be able to take their special lunches to school tomorrow to show their friends and I’m especially excited for a few extra minutes in the morning (every minute counts).


What we’re really excited about though is to be able to give away a fun HALF TIME™ to one of you!

Oh heck yes.


One reader will win a HALF TIME™ kit that includes:

- All three varieties of HALF TIME: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese

- A draw-your-own lunch bag

- A set of permanent markers

- Coupons

- Activity book



All you have to do is leave me a comment here on the blog.

Giveaway will be open until Friday, October 24th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly chosen from comments below and announced Saturday. Open to US residents only.

How do you feel about packing lunches? Love it or hate it?

Did you ever used to have pre-packaged lunches as a kid?

Not Much to Say


It’s so weird. I usually have a million and one things I want to talk about and write about on here. Then I have to talk myself out of writing over half the things I want to just unload on you. But today is different. Today I just don’t have much. I don’t even know why. Maybe it’s just your lucky day. Ha ha.


Yesterday in addition to the morning run, I taught a few classes throughout the day. I did the whole spinning in a skirt thing, which really upsets Joaquin for some reason.

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This morning it was a little tough getting motivated. I was definitely stalling before starting my run.

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But once I got started and had The Mindy Project to entertain me I was fine.

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Steady pace for eight and a half miles. I’ll take it.

As soon as I was finished I was rewarded with a dollar that I am supposed to use to go to the bank.

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I read this yesterday because it was on the wall outside of the studio when I was waiting to teach my class.

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Running can decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the hip and the need for a hip replacement? That is great news. Just another reason to lace up and get outside for a walk or a run.

I also read this last night that I loved. Obviously we’re going to get older and slow down and our bodies aren’t going to be able to do what they once did, but we can grow stronger on the inside as this happens.

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For your random pictures of the day I give you these.

An egg white breakfast taco with spinach, Trader Joe’s goat cheese cream cheese and chili apricot jam.

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The easiest no grain microwave muffin has returned. I just whipped this one up.

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It’s not very pretty, but it took less than five minutes to make. Now I just have to figure out what I want to put on top of it.

The animal photo of the day is a bearded dragon.

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No, it’s not ours, but the boys were helping Daddy with some work yesterday and were really excited about this guy. They better not come home with one. Ha.

Random, but I need to go to Costco in the worst way because we’re almost out of so many things (paper towels, toilet paper, milk, laundry detergent, etc.), but I’m avoiding it. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with that place. I may have to buckle up though and go for it today.

Whelp, that’s it for now. I’ll be back later with another giveaway for you. Heck yes, I may not have a lot to say this week, but I have some fun things to give away.

If you haven’t entered the CocoaVia GIVEAWAY yet, you can enter HERE.

Have a good one!


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