We were off to a nice slow start this morning. I don’t know what happened, but both boys slept in for a change. What a great gift, yes?
It gave me a chance to slow down the day.
Loved this reading today too. So funny how they always seem to be appropriate to what I’m going through.
That didn’t happen, but I did feel okay enough to hop on the treadmill at home for a run. I wasn’t that motivated, but wanted to stretch out my legs just a bit since yesterday was a rest day.
As soon as I started running I felt extremely grateful for so many things. So, my 7 miles ( .5 warm up mile and then 5.5 at 7:30 pace with 1 mile slow cool down) on the treadmill this morning turned into a little gratitude run.
Among others, the things I was particularly grateful for this morning were:
My rusty, loud, heavy, old treadmill that I almost sold five years ago.
The old fan that’s barely hanging on, but gets the job done.
Our old school TV that I can barely see (or hear) from the treadmill.
Old Gossip Girl episodes from Netflix. (Yes, I know I’m probably way too old to be excited about them.)
And, whelp, just the ability to be able to run pain free. Such a blessing and a gift.
I know some of you have been asking about an injury update on my hip, so I’ll write one later this week. I’m actually in awe of how well it’s been doing so I’m a little hesitant to talk about it. Don’t want to jinx it or anything. Ha.
We surprised Grandma and Papap at church earlier. I got all dressed up in my Handful Bra and all.
Those Handful Bras, really, can be worn for anything: working out, sleeping, date night, casual around the house or even church. He he.
Speaking of Handful, we finally took a look at all the fun mail we’ve gotten this past week.
Our Sunday Snail Mail.
Yes, I know the mail does not come on Sundays, but when you let it all sit around and pile up for the week, well, then it either feels like Christmas on Sunday and/or a day you pay quite a lot of bills.
For us, well, it’s both.
We’ve gotten some really fun things this week so had to share. Snail mail and packages are just the best, aren’t they?
The new Handful Made in the USA bras are finally out with the new green and orange colors.
Dang the orange would have looked so much better with my church outfit that the white one I had on. Beavis.
Seriously love everything about Handful and their “girls’ club” and their bra pads are the BEST.
The wonderful people at Oloves sent me some products to sample.
Olives in a single serving bag? Yes please. Obviously super excited about this particular spicy one.
I haven’t gotten a chance to try them out yet, but who doesn’t like olives right? I better add these to my next zucchini pizzas.
So awesome, right? Gluten free, no sweetener added (you can add your own), tons of nuts and seeds, you name it. They’re just super.
Check out the ingredients.
They don’t come out until October, but be on the lookout for them and a pretty awesome giveaway for them and some other fun Love Grown Foods stuff in the next couple of weeks.
Not sure if you’ve ever heard of Swanson Health Products, but I was able to order some really fun things from their website with store credit that was gifted to me.
They have all kinds of products: vitamins, supplements, organic foods, natural bath/beauty products, eco-friendly cleaners, etc. I was also very impressed with their low prices.
They have some good sales and deals going on pretty much all the time and shipping is not only speedy, but only $4.99.
And, not that I’m biased or anything because Mom is from North Dakota, but the company is too. I knew we’d be fast friends.
I used my gift credit to order a bunch of my Artisana favorites.
I Haven’t had the cashew butter or walnut butter around for awhile, so it was time to restock.
And love single serve packaging for traveling or to shove in my gym bag for long teaching days.
If you haven’t tried Artisana Cocoa Bliss by the way, well, you’re missing out.
I may have to toss one of those babies in my belt for my next long run. Ha.
I also ordered some of this Organic Ghee Clarified Butter. A lot of paleo recipes call for it and I’ve never used it before, I just keep using coconut oil for anything and everything.
Time to give ghee a little test though, huh?
The purest form of butter you can get? Okay.
Speaking of butter and cooking oil, etc. I found this information on the top 12 cooking oils on their website too.
There are quite a few oils on there I’ve never used. I guess I need to broaden my horizons.
Oh and hey, isn’t it always fun when you get a coupon in your package? He he.
Speaking of coupons and discounts, I have a little something for you.
A little discount on one of my favorites.
I bet you can guess what it is.
Wait, let me give you a little hint.
Remember this jar?
Oops, I’m just now figuring out I never posted it on the blog, only on instagram. Well, here you go.
Yep. My favorite thing- NuttZo. And having an almost empty jar of it is always bittersweet. I get excited to come up with something fun to do with it, but I’m so sad to see another jar gone so soon.
This particular jar went out in style. I made a sweetener free mix between low calorie almond milk ice cream and banana soft serve (subbed in a frozen banana and a little extra almond milk when blending instead of using any artificial sweeteners).
It was the perfect way to finish off that jar.
Okay, so I would like to officially announce that I am now a NuttZo Ambassador.
Woot woot! I’m so proud. Ha.
I got a little welcome package that included a couple jars of my favorite peanut free NuttZo
Oops, wait, that chocolate one is crunchy isn’t it? My favorite thing to make with NuttZo is a batch of these NuttZo Doughtzel Balls,
but the boys were pretty fast today to remind me that NuttZo goes really well one it’s own with “bananas”.
There were quite a few around this afternoon during the photo shoot.
These guys were busy.
They were also already eyeing the chocolate flavor.
What’s in it for you?
Well, I’ll be coming up with a lot more recipes and ways to put this stuff to good use, but more importantly, you can get 15% off from the NuttZo website on any orders anytime using code STUFT-15.
That’s kind of fun isn’t it?
A certain someone is thrilled.
Okay, well, I’ve been doing a ton of roasting (and burning) over the past few days, but I’ll share all that later. Some fun stuff though.
Here’s a teaser.
Have a great start to your week!
What’s one thing you were grateful for over the weekend?
Any fun mail or packages recently?