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Friday Favorites, Deals, Randomness and an Albion Fit Giveaway

Friday Favorites, Deals, Randomness and an Albion Fit Giveaway


And, good morning.

Yesterday’s Workout:

Ran 3 miles on the treadmill during the boys swim lessons. Kept it slow until I had to meet the boys at the pool so picked it up just a bit the last 1/2 mile.


Just a reminder- never go by the calories the machine says you burn if you’re trying to keep track. They always overestimate.


Taught a HIIT class and a strength training class later at the Y.


(Yes, I am wearing the same pants as yesterday afternoon. Please don’t judge.)


Today’s workout:

I got to get up and run.

Slow, a little uncomfortable, but not too bad. My form was all off, but it was glorious.

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Moving on.

Favorites first.


A big injury update and what not is on the works and thank goodness it’s a lot better than the last one. But I’m so excited to be teaming up with Runner’s World and the Runner’s World Challenge program as I get back into training and racing. I’ve got a training plan all set up with them, but it will need some modifying as I ease back into the whole running thing.

(I like to think of myself as a RW groupie since hanging with them at the Runner’s World Half Marathon, running “naked”, Big Sur and the Golden Gate Relay. He he.)


What they offer with the Runner’s World Challenge is pretty darn cool. You get a full 16-week marathon plan or 10-week half marathon plan for any race you happen to be training for, a ton of other perks (book, t-shirt, online access to support groups, etc.) and help and advice from their top coaches.

You really can’t beat it price wise for what you get and who doesn’t want help from the amazing Bart Yasso and the Runner’s World coaches, right?



Who wants to join with me? We can give each other moral support and chat about all the insider stuff, yes?



You may have seen this on instagram already, but…..


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I can’t tell you how much I LOVE Mizuno. Their shoes, their running clothes, the entire company, what the brand stands for…. the list goes on and on.

I got an amazing delivery from them. Details to come on all the goods, but it was definitely Christmas in July yesterday.

Complete with driving the boxes. All toddlers do that at Christmas, right?

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And, huge news, my favorite Pro Compression socks are having one heck of a fabulous sale. Check it out!

Huge Summer Savings from PRO Compression

Get 40% off ALL merchandise at procompression.com, including their brand NEW Neon Calf Sleeves and Team PC Gear such as hats and running visors!

Simply enter coupon code JULY at checkout. You’ll save 40% and get free US shipping. Click here to stock up today:


Hurry, coupon code JULY expires August 4, 2013.

Such a great deal and even on the new neon sleeves and gear that just came out.


Yep. It’s Christmas in July for you too. He he.


Not only did I make those Healthy Green STUFT CHO Muffins the other day, but I also made my men their favorite dinner.

Changed up the sauce this time though. We have a family agreement that this is the best marinara sauce we’ve had.


And obviously roasted zucchini noodles go well with lazy mama lasagna.


So do these mushrooms I found at Trader Joe’s.


So do Tutu’s Garlic Green Beans (my picture of them did not turn out well).

So do super spicy chicken pizzas.



I ate dinner way too late last night, but it was still mighty delicious.


A variation of the jicama nachos with roasted carrots and baked halibut.

I used this seasoning and this new Toluca Gourmet Salsa that was awesome.





I’ve been begging for a new car (specifically a minivan for awhile. STUFT Daddy says no way, but I think I’ve put quite a few mile on our good old highlander.


I love the number 111 for some reason so this was really exciting when I saw it today. Too bad a new minivan didn’t magically appear. Ha.

I make wished every time I see 11:11 too. Anyone else?


This guy has really been keeping up on our toes lately. Terrible threes perhaps?

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I have an overwhelming fear of the car wash. Just the ones you have to drive through. I’m always afraid I’m going to get stuck in there or something. Good thing my boys don’t have the same fear.

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They did wonder how it was possible to clean the car with bubble gum though.


Ha ha.


Okay, so lastly.

I’ve got a little Friday fashion giveaway.

Woo hoo!

I got these cute Bermuda shorts from Albion Fit recently to review


along with this long crew with thumb holes.


Sorry about the picture, I was a little pressed for time (as usual).


Oh hey. Thumb holes are my favorite though!


A little about Albion Fit.


Some better pictures and note on the clothes.

The shorts.


Super comfortable. Fit well. Not too heavy, not too light.

I did teach my classes in them last night and they may have not been the best choice for HIIT classes.


I think they’re more for casual workout wear like yoga or heck, they’re cute enough they can even be a around the town outfit.


The Go Long crew shirt.


Love the long length. Lightweight. Comfy. Thumb holes. Wide neck. Didn’t wear it too long since it was a bit toasty, but it’s a good one summer nights to throw over a tank top or something.


So, what’s in it for you?

Let me tell you.

If you order anything from the Albion Fit website, you can use the code stuftmama15. It’s good for $15 off a purchase of $50 or more through the 20th of this month.

There’s a giveaway though too for the Go Long Crew.


Here you go.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. 1
    samantha says:

    Ahh I LOVE these shirts with the thumb holes! So comfy!!!

  2. 2
    Melissa A says:

    I Love that shirt!!!

  3. 3
    Stephanie says:

    Training for my first 1/2 marathon. Love shirts with thumb holes!!

  4. 4

    I am training for Hood to Coast and a fall marathon. And I LOVE thumb holes.

  5. 5

    Training is winding down, sort of. 70.3 triathlon this weekend! Then 12 weeks until marathon #6, can’t wait! Love training mode, inspiration and motivation to keep going!

    Love thumb holes on clothing. My shirts either need to be long, or 3/4 I can’t stand when they end RIGHT at my wrist, annoying little pet peeve of mine!

  6. 6
    Carri Arrieta says:

    I train year-round, but my next race will be Long Beach Marathon in October…and I’m considering Ventura Marathon in September

  7. 7
    angela says:

    Love thumbholes! Training for my first marathon that’s in early november – scary!

  8. 8

    I’m not really “training” for a race, but I’m trying to get into better running shape to run a couple 5Ks in August!

  9. 9
    Lexa says:

    I have two 5Ks and then my 2nd 10K in the first three weekends in August. I love thumb holes when it is cold out and I am on a long run and don’t care about my time.

  10. 10
    erin says:

    I am running in a 15k on Sunday called the Boilermaker-it’s kinda a big deal here in NY ( over 14,000 runners) and it’s my first times running this distance:)! I love thumb holes-especially in the winter!

  11. 11
    elizabeth says:

    i’m training for my first 50k. EEK!!!

    and i love thumb holes — why didn’t we invent them years ago instead of just cutting little holes in our sleeves???

  12. 12
    Jillian says:

    I’m training for the Disneyland half and the Nike women’s half (bring on them hills). I love thumb holes…they make everything better.

  13. 13
    Stacie M. says:

    Training for the NYC marathon this fall (a big bucket list race of mine that I am REALLY excited to run!). I love the thumbholes, when I played soccer in high school and college, I actually made my own thumbholes in some long sleeve shirts to help keep them in place, so Im pretty excited that some companies are making real, nice ones so I don’t have to fell guilty about poking holes in my new shirts

  14. 14
    manda says:

    I am trying to get back into running out of “being out” for some time.

  15. 15
    Maria says:

    I am 10 weeks prego so no big races on the calendar for the rest of this year. Just a couple local 5Ks. I love thumb holes….greatest invention ever!

  16. 16
    Alexandra says:

    Not training for anything at the moment but I do LOVE me some thumb holes!

  17. 17
    steph says:

    i just wanted to say that i love your blog. im not a real blogger but youre in my favorites on my laptop and i make sure i check out your life every day.. i feel like a stalker but youre inspirational!

  18. 18
    amanda says:

    I love thumbholes!

  19. 19
    Natalie says:

    Im training for my first half in November! Love thumb holes!

  20. 20
    Courtney says:

    I’m training for 3 upcoming 5K races – my very first ones! And of course I love thumb holes – DUH!

  21. 21
    Catherine says:

    I’m a huge fan of thumbholes! No race training right now. Glad you are feeling better!

  22. 22
    jill says:

    taking a break from running 🙂 loving it!

  23. 23

    Thumb holes make me ridiculously happy. I’m always cold so the extra coverage is always a positive for me.

  24. 24
    Nicole says:

    Training for my first Spartan Beast in a month. Eeeeek! Shirts with thumb holes are the best!

  25. 25
    Carly says:

    Love thumbholes too! Training for my 2nd half right now!!

  26. 26
    KristenB says:

    I love that long sleeve with the thumb holes!!! perfect for long plane rides 🙂

  27. 27
    Amy T says:

    Training for life………love the clothes and your blog!

  28. 28
    Angie says:

    I’m all geared up to start my training. I would love some new workout clothes for motivation!

  29. 29
    Tracey says:

    Love love love thumbholes!!! I have a few half marathons that I’m training for…..next one is Sunday in Montana!

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    Michelle Kim says:

    I’ll start training for a half marathon I do every October (as well as the Malibu Marathon in November) in another month or so.
    I like thumb holes when I am going for a run and the weather is kind of chilly.

  31. 31
    Deniz says:

    That outfit looks SO comfy!

  32. 32
    Beverly Swanson says:

    I’m not really training for any races,just trying to be in better health overall,and i love thumb holes. 🙂

  33. 33
    Lora lee says:

    I love tops with thumb holes. One of the best inventions ever.

  34. 34

    I definitely make a wish at 11:11 also :). And I like thumb holes! They make the outfit feel more “comfy” no matter what! It’s soooo hot in Texas that my runs have been lagging a bit … and I’ve been thinking I need to enter a race to get me motivated again! I’m currently registered for the “Hottest Half” at the end of August … maybe a winter marathon?!?

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    Andrea S says:

    I love thumb holes!! They help keep my hands warm when I forget my gloves in the winter. I’m not training for anything right now, but I am thinking about doing a half in the fall. Great giveaway!!

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    morgan says:

    this month I am training (aka dragging along) with my husband for OUR first triathlon in August! we are doing it as a team, he is going to run, I am biking & then we canoe as a couple 🙂 he is just not as excited as I think he should be yet!!! I am trying to convince him matching team shirts are a must but it isnt’ working out- maybe I need a new Albion shirt??!!!! yes I think a coupon means so 😉 TGIF!!!

  37. 37

    Car washes were a huge source of entertainment for me as a child. They were just so relaxing, and the ones that smelled like lemon were the best! 😀

  38. 38
    Sherry says:

    Thumb holes are my FAV, too!!!

  39. 39
    april says:

    i’m not training for anything at the moment (my last half was back in feb!), but i LOVE thumb holes!

  40. 40
    Laura says:

    I am training for the Runner’s World Hat trick in October…..and I think thumb holes rock 🙂

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    Kathy says:

    Can’t train for anything right now since I am still rehabing the hip….but love that I am going in the right direction.

    Thumb holes…………..LOVE holes!!!! 😉

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    Colleen says:

    I am training for the Chicago Marathon and I LOVE LOVE LOVE thumb holes! 🙂

  43. 43
    Natalie says:

    I am training for MCM, it’ll be my first marathon. Eek!! I love thumbholes!!

  44. 44

    Why yes I am training for a race….my first MARATHON!!! Fifth week of training completed today. No thumb holes are a deal breaker for me, I love them!

  45. 45
    Victoria Morgan says:

    Love the long shirt with the thumb holes!!!

  46. 46
    Anne says:

    Love love thumbhole shirts, my hands get cold easily so they are nice for when it’s too hot for gloves but not warm enough to not have anything on my hands:)

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    Jill C. says:

    I’m easing back into running after my endometriosis and surgery held me back for a month. I start training for my first 1/2 in August! The race is in December.

    I <3 thumb holes. I have several shirts with them!

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    Susan Nutter says:

    Thumb holes are the best!

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    Stephanie says:

    I like the idea of thumb holes, but when I have worn shirts with thumb holes and tried to use them, they bother to me to no end.

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    nina says:

    love thumbholes and definitely need new clothes… 🙂

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    Megan D says:

    When I think about how long I have owned some of my work out clothes and how many times I have sweat in them, I get a little grossed out. lol. I need some new ones in a bad way. And these are so dang cute! I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  52. 52
    Gillian says:

    Thanks for the deals and giveaways! I also love shirts with thumb holes. My hands are always cold so it’s nice when you can pull them into the shirt cuz it’s built for that Happy Friday 🙂

  53. 53
    Kali says:

    Just bought my first thumb hole shirt the other day now just waiting for some cooler weather to try it out in! I LOVE the way thumb holes look though! Love the look of the long crew

  54. 54
    Jill P. says:

    Super cute and comfy looking clothes! Training for my first full in the fall, eeeks!!!

  55. 55
    Nikki says:

    I have a couple races this summer, a 10 mile at the end of July and a half at the end of August. And I LOVE a shirt with thumbholes.

  56. 56
    Stephanie says:

    I’m not training for anything right now. I am just starting to get back to running after my hip stress fracture. I’m currently up 1 min walk/ 5 min jog up to about 4 miles.

  57. 57
    Amanda says:

    I’m not training for an upcoming race at the moment but will be soon. I LOVE thumbholes!

    Oh and my daughter went through the terrible threes not terrible twos so that might be what you are experiencing. lol Your boys sure are adorable though!!

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    Christy D says:

    Not training for anything in particular,maybe a half in the fall, I kinda like to be able to run a half without too much prep time wise, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up my mileage enough…have been eyeing Albion Fit, just haven’t pulled the trigger, looks so comfy though!

  59. 59
    Britt says:

    No race training…too expensive!! Instead I’m bribing myself with ‘race money’ for my longer distances. I love thumb holes!

  60. 60
    becky says:

    I have a half coming up next weekend and thinking about another one in August! I love the length on that shirt!

  61. 61
    Tiffany K says:

    I am training for my first half in August 🙂 I am in love with thumb holes- they are a requirement in all my long sleeved shirts.

  62. 62
    Tess says:

    Thumbs up for thumb holes!!! LURVE! I will not buy a long sleeve work out shirt if it doesn’t have thumb holes. Obsessed 😉

  63. 63

    I am training for Myrtle Beach Mini (Half Marathon) and Divas San Juan (Half Marathon) at the moment. And I do like thumb holes on some things.

  64. 64

    I love that outfit…looks so comfortable! Those nachos look so yummy. I’m going to try making jicama chips. I have never had those before. 🙂

  65. 65

    Your posts are fun!!!!! Tell STUFT daddy that I sad you need a new minivan!!! 🙂 Honestly I don’t know how you do it all!!!! I would be a wreck! As usual, you look amazing & your smile makes me happy!

  66. 66
    kolya says:

    Love, love thumbholes…I have a bunch of shirts that I, ummmm, added thumbholes to but unfortunately they start to rip after awhile. Love the ones that are actually “meant” to be there. Those shorts would be good for my long walks too (:


    Oh and 11:11 wishes…every time!

  67. 67
    Emily M says:

    I’m training for the Marine Corps Marathon that’s coming up in October – looking forward to it!
    And yes, LOVE thumbholes – especially for chilly morning runs in the fall!

  68. 68
    Stefanie says:

    I’m training for my first full marathon this Fall!

    I love thumb holes, they are so convenient especially when your hands are cold but you still want to do things that requires you to work with your hands!

  69. 69
    Kim says:

    I’m training for a 50 mile race in October – in fact I did a mega training run today (5 hours – 31 miles).

    Love thumbholes!!!!

  70. 70

    LOVE THUMB HOLES!! I’m training for an Oct marathon!

  71. 71

    I am training for my first 10K! Working up on my endurance from my time off with broken ankle.

  72. 72
    Morgan says:

    training for my first half marathon which will be just outside of paris france this october!

  73. 73
    Pam says:

    i love thumbholes, especially when its chilly

  74. 74
    Tracy says:

    Like everyone else, I love thumbholes!

  75. 75
    Lisa says:

    Love the long shirt! 🙂

  76. 76
    Jenny says:

    Omg, I have the same fear of the carwash but I’m always so embarrassed to say that out loud. I actually saw a car halfway out of the carwash with the door down on top of it when I was little…freaked out ever since.

    Ha, never worn a shirt with thumb holes…funny concept.

  77. 77

    obsessed with thumb holes, before they were cool 😉

  78. 78
    Alissa A says:

    I just finished a half marathon last week. Love thumb holes!

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    Brooke says:

    I LOVE thumbholes. Who doesn’t!? And I’m not training for any races right now…the weather here in Houston is nasty for running, so I’m sticking to shorter, clear-my-mind runs. Can’t wait til it cools off and racing season starts back up!

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    Megan says:

    I love the outfit, it looks super comfy! You got me wanting some new running shoes as well!

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    Denise says:

    I’m training for my first half in October—super excited!

  82. 82
    Dana Kroh says:

    I actually have never had a shirt with thumb holes– am I missing out? lol. I’m currently wrapping up my 1st month of p90x, and hoping to begin training for my 2nd half marathon soon– my first half marathon was in 2008, I’ve had 2 kiddos since then. 🙂

  83. 83
    Danielle says:

    NYC Marathon baby!

  84. 84
    Laurel C says:

    I’m doing the Wharf to Wharf at the end of this month! And I LOVE thumb holes!!!

  85. 85
    Carson says:

    I am training for the Talladega 21000 Half Marathon in September. And I LOVE thumb holes!

  86. 86
    Holly says:

    I’ve got to get myself back into half marathon shape…..where I like to.hang out, fitness wise. But heat and vacay kind of set me back! So glad you included the pro compression sock sale…I LOVE their low trainers. Just ordered another pair! Thanks!

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    Deb E says:

    Currently coming back from an injury so not training for a race. I have very big hands for a girl so thumb holes usually aren’t big enough but I like them when they fit right!

  88. 88
    Jessica says:

    I’m training for a 5K – those holes will come in handy in the winter!

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    Nikki says:

    Love thumb holes. Getting ready to start training for a marathon.

  90. 90

    Love thumbholes. Training for nike womens SF half marathon in oct. with my team IRUNLIKEAGIRL. So excited we got in! Are you running that race again this year?

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    lorie says:

    Always training , marathon and 1/2. Love shirts with thumb holes and love that this one is long as well.

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    Amy says:

    Love the shirt

  93. 93

    I’m training for anything that randomly comes up, but nothing in particular. I like knowing I can go out and finish a marathon on a whim as I just did not too long ago. As a guy, I’m not fond of shirts with thumb holes, but I’d love to win one for my wife who I think looks pretty cute with these types of shirts.

  94. 94

    I am not currently training for a race, but am going to see how I feel toward the end of the summer. And I adore thumbholes!

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    Keri says:

    I’m not training for any races right now… unless I find a cheap one! lol. Thumb holes are great, as long as the sleeves are long enough for my monkey arms!

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    Lindsey says:

    Super cute! Love the shirt with the thumb holes! I’m training for a marathon post twins and love having something to change into that’s easy and comfy!

  97. 97
    Sammi says:

    I love the feel of thumb holes! Definitely one of the best innovations in the world of running gear;)

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    wendy says:

    I have a Color Me Rad scheduled in Sept and a half next April but not sure what I will do before then. And I LOVE thumb holes!

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    Jovan B. says:

    Not training for any races right now. LOVE thumb holes.

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    Shanna says:

    Love the entire outfit! I’m not training for anything specific right now. Hopefully I can get registered for something in the fall!

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    Stephanie says:

    The next race on my list isn’t until December, but I’m trying to build up my strength and endurance now.

    And thumb holes? My boyfriend laughs at me every time I put on a shirt with thumbholes, because I get so excited about them! They’re so fun, and makes the shirt feel more cozy.

  102. 102

    I totally don’t get the point of thumbholes, but regardless, I love any shirt that has them. They just make it so much more comfy!

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    Danielle says:

    Not training for anything right now, but am moving to Seattle soon and would love to do a race in my new city! I’m a big fan of thumbholes too!

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    debbie says:

    I have a 10K Thursday night!
    LOVE thumb holes!

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    Teresa M. says:

    I want to do a fall marathon, but haven’t 100% decided which one. And I love thumbholes.

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    Jeanna says:

    I’m not currently training for any races and I like the thumbholes!

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    Lynda Del says:

    I think the thumb holes are a cool feature.

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    Gabrielle says:

    Love thumb holes!

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    Autumn Rae says:

    I’m currently training for my 4th half marathon in September, hoping for a PR!
    Thumb holes….yes!

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    Emily says:

    I LOVE shirts with thumb holes! I have really long arms so it helps to keep the sleeves down!

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    Katie M says:

    I’m training for the Lakeshore Marathon in Milwaukee on 10/6. And I love thumbholes!

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    Shannon says:

    Those are so cute-I love cute and comfy fitness clothes!

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    Cassie B says:

    I’m training for the LA Triathlon. And I’m terrified.

    And I love thumb holes. Seriously. All sweaters/long shirts should have them.

  114. 114
    Ashley Smith says:

    I love the light weight workout clothes. I’m not training for anything specific but anything lightweight is great for outdoor AZ activities in the summer! <3

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    CUTE clothes – always looking to try out new brands 🙂

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    Nicole C. says:

    I’m a big fan of thumb holes, especially when it’s cold out. Which is 75% of the time in Michigan!!!

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    simone says:

    Love the whole outfit!

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    Marcia says:

    Which RW challenge are you doing? If my stress fracture cooperates (and goes far, far away) I’ve been jonseing to run one of the challenges.

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