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Favorites Lately

Favorites Lately


Happy Mother’s Day just one day late to all you amazing mothers out there.

I got some pretty spectacular cards from my main men.

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Dang I love these guys.

And before I move on to other random things I have to thank my mom for being the best mom in the whole wide world. She makes me want to be a better person every single day. I’m pretty sure she’s an angel. Love you Mom!

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I successfully made it two weeks without running. Although I still ate like I was running my normal 50 miles a week which wasn’t part of the plan, I didn’t run. I taught my classes and did a couple easy early morning workouts, but that was it. I managed to sweat a lot though in the few classes I taught.

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Things are looking good after a few weeks of taking it easy though.

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Over the past week I discovered one of my new favorite core moves though. I used it with all my middle school students and with a couple of my HIIT classes. Here’s the link to the video on Instagram.


The boys and I have been spending a lot of quality time together. We’ve made countless wished over the past week. A good twenty of them all happened to be at the same

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Despite our numerous wishes we have yet attain those last few monopoly pieces we need to be big winners from Vons. Darn it.

I really wasn’t’ a winner for this week’s egg baking contest either.

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Sometimes my baked eggs come out perfectly, sometimes as you can see they do not. I usually set the oven for 375 convection and give it about 20 minutes or so until I notice a few shells starting to crack. 

I’ve discovered that it’s easier to peel them when they are still slightly warm. I’ve tried many different ways to see what’s the easiest and although there really isn’t an easy way, it’s less time consuming when they’re still warm.


We found this awesome travel Hangman board game by Melissa and Doug when we were staying in Carmel.

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We’ve been playing sight word hangman on the way to and from school lately. It’s awesome.

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Fresh blueberry and NuttZo breakfast sandwiches are awesome too.

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Oh and this is nothing new, but oh man is this new version of the Vega Sport protein powder freaking amazing.

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I seriously have it everyday in either a smoothie or protein ice cream.


It’s one of my favorite things to be in pajamas by 7 on a Friday night. It doesn’t happen all the time, but man when it does it’s fabulous. This past Friday we were in pajamas, watching The Sandlot and eating Lenny and Larry’s Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies.

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The boys recently discovered how amazing these cookies are when I shared one with them in the car the other day. Joaquin asks for them on a regular basis now. I like it because they’re vegan and definitely a healthy way to enjoy a cookie, but they’re not the cheapest things and I like to keep them for myself. I’m selfish like that. Ha ha.


The boys and I had big plans for Mother’s Day since the man of the house was working. We agreed to stay in our pajamas for as long as we could.

We even went to our favorite place Kennedy’s Karne to get some goods for the family fiesta later in the day in our pjs.

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Oh my goodness, if you live in the San Diego area you MUST go to Kennedy’s Karne. They have a couple locations now and it is simply the BEST.

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They have the best carne asada, marinated chicken, all kinds of meat, fresh salsas, etc. I was in charge of beans for the fiesta so I had special black beans and pinto beans with chorizo and spices made. You know, I was trying to impress the in-laws and there’s no way I can do that on my own. I’m super thankful for these hardworking experts that I knew I could turn to.

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They didn’t even make any comments about us shopping in our pajamas.

I just love them. I love family owned local businesses. This one just really rocks my socks off so I have to share.


I got sent some of these Slimware plates to review.

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They have designs that are a specific size for food placement on the plate. Isn’t that a great idea?

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I’ve used them a couple times and it’s fun to put the food on the right flower. The boys have fun doing it too. It’s so much better to just be able to eyeball food rather than getting all obsessive over measuring and weighing and everything.


We’re down to the last month or so of school which pretty much means we’re in survival mode. My students are taking a little more energy throughout the day and so are the boys.

I started using some new vitamins this past week and finally caved and bought my first few doTERRA essential oils and a diffuser.

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I’ve only dabbled a little so far, but I’m convinced they’re going to help me with a few things I’ve got going on over here.

I’ll keep you posted. I’m really curious to see how things change, etc. once I start using them on a regular basis.

I’ll keep you posted.

If any of you use them or have any insight, feel free to pass along tips or uses or whatever. I’m new to the game so am learning as I go.

Saturday I gave myself a little early Mother’s Day Gift with the small window of 45 minutes of free time in between teaching classes, a soccer game, a 6 year old birthday party, church and dinner at Grandma and Papap’s house.

It was my first run since Big Sur.

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It was a quick 5 miler right after I taught my class at the gym, but it was just as brilliant as I had imagined it would be.

I’m going to add in some more easy runs this week, but really focus on building my strength back up. I’ve really lost strength over the past few months and I can tell. Ugh.

Luckily I have exactly 6 months until The TCS New York City Marathon in November. That is just enough time to get things done right. I’ve done them wrong long enough. Its’ time for a change. I have some awesome experts that are going to help me through this- Inpyn and Coach Jason.

I’m scared. I’m definitely in worse shape now than I was just 6 months ago. It’s been a slow downhill process and it’s time for a turn around.

That being said, I really am going to focus energy on staying on track and putting in the work that I can with my hectic schedule. I’m making some new priorities and I’m so freaking ready to climb mountains. It’s going to be a slow process and take a lot of determination and commitment and work, but I’m ready to put it all out there.

I’m old. I’m scared. I have a bum hip. But…….

I’m ready to see what else I’ve got.

It’s not over.


By the way, it’s not over for YOU either. It’s never too late friends. Go get that dream of yours.


Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and have a fabulous week!


Who’s got essential oil tips for me?

Has anyone won at that darn Monopoly? (I did win a $10 grocery card and a free Redbox rental. I’m holding onto those like they’re gold. Ha.)

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    I love EO 🙂 We got into about a year ago. They are great for sleeping and for staying healthy!! We using Young Living but get On Guard with DoTerra 🙂 I even make my own soap and i am NOT a DIY person 🙂
    The new vega protein powder is UNREAL– my smoothies are so creamy!! Amazing!!

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    Kelly says:

    What kind of bread are you loving lately? I’m in the market for something new. 🙂

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    Kathy says:

    I am enjoying the Vega products….definitely used them before and after my 35 mile bike ride I did outside Saturday morning….oh, the wind was a killer on the way home but the way out was lovely.


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    That hangman game is cute. I may need that for my kids for the car! Glad to hear you are taking it easy. I definitely needed the rest after Boston and you did twice the racing 🙂

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    Jennifer C. says:

    Love that black long sleeve shirt! Where did you find it?!

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    Kelsey M. says:

    You can do it!! You are not old, you just need to change things up! I took 1.5 years off from running, and now I’m back at it. I’m slow, but I’m faster than I was before. You are an inspiration, my dear! Keep up the good work! Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

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    Happy Mother’s Day my friend!

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    I’ve never heard of Kennedy’s! Must seek one out now…

    Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

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    Amanda says:

    Please tell me that you were stopped in traffic while taking the selfie?!?!

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    Char says:

    Hi! I just wanted to mention a couple of things about baking eggs and essential oils. I bake my eggs as well. I bake in a dark coated muffin pan for 28-30 @ 325. Then take them out and put them straight into an ice bath. Another hack I’ve used when I’m low on time is putting the eggs in a cup of water and then shaking the cup intensely with my hand over the top for about 10 to 15 seconds. Basically peels themselves lol. Also, I started using essential oils on Easter and now I can’t stop using them =) I just got the blend Motivate and it gives you energy when you’re physically exhausted. I also use frankincense and lavender to help me go to sleep. My 5 year old son had issues in school and I started using essential oils on him and he has improved so much, his teacher made a parent teacher conference so we could discuss his progress. I’m such a believer now. If you have any questions about the doTERRA oils, please let me know. http://Www.mydoterra.com/chaun


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