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Lessons From Pete, Training Update, My First Virtual Run Registration and Silk Creamers

Lessons From Pete, Training Update, My First Virtual Run Registration and Silk Creamers


Good morning! I meant to get a post up yesterday, but you know life happened and my computer time was used to search printable reading calendars to keep the boys (and myself) on track with our 20 minutes of reading over the summer. Yes, I know it’s already the middle of July, but it’s never too late, right?

This is the one I chose just in case you mamas need one over there. We’re going with prizes for every 10 days completed and one big fun outing once we get all 35 boxes check off.

Printable Reading Log Calendar 

(Click the above link for the PDF. Here’s the partial screen shot.)


Speaking of reading with the boys, I love it when we all learn a little something from their reading books. Last night’s lesson was from Pete the Cat.

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Pete was NOT good at his baseball game, pretty much everything he attempted he didn’t do well, but he never got sad because he did his best. He was so happy that his team did well that he wasn’t sad. Isn’t that just awesome? Heck yes we can try our best and just not succeed sometimes, but that should never stop us from being happy with what we put out there and for others who do really well. Pete the Cat just rocks.


I took it really easy on my toe all weekend. I also made sure to apply oil at least a couple times a day on it. I actually ordered this Helichrysum oil for Andrew for after his knee surgery, but I’ve been using more of it that he has.

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This oil is one of the pricier ones, but definitely a good one to have on hand. Helichrysum has many benefits and uses, but at the moment we’re using the heck out of it because research indicates that it decreases muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation and can also aid in bone repair. All great things in my book.
The blend I’ve been using also has doTERRA lavender, lemongrass and peppermint essential mixed with castor oil as the carrier oil.


Saturday I had a long run scheduled so I split up time on the elliptical here at home and my spin bike while watching a couple Gilmore Girls episodes. Sunday I did the elliptical for 40 minutes and a quick KettleWorx video. I’m also attending a Les Mill CXWorx training this upcoming weekend so I previewed a workout for that.

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So…. after taking four days off of running I decided to test it out a bit yesterday and hop right back into the training plan Coach Jason has for me if my toe would tolerate it. I slept in so my only option was to run in the heat either on the treadmill at home or outside. I opted for outside. The toe did okay as I took it super slow. It was darn hot and I can tell I’m not really back in my running game and that it’s going to take awhile, but just completing it felt so good.

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I was so thankful for the sweat and the fact that it was hard (most things in life you want take hard work) and that it was done without any major pain anywhere.

It was a big day yesterday and the boys and I made sure to finish it off the right way with a little pool time complete with putting pajamas on at the gym afterwards.

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Today I’ve got a 3 mile run on the schedule and am subbing a class later in the afternoon. I’m just crossing my fingers I can have a successful week of following exactly what Coach Jason has written out for me. Things keep happening to throw it off and I can’t remember the last full week of real focused training I’ve had. We shall see……



I signed up for my first virtual run. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is hosting a fun series of virtual 5Ks for the next month that you can do anywhere and still get your own bib and medal and everything. How fun is that? I signed up for the this one- Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Virtual Run 2016 Making a Band which is a combination of all three of the 5Ks. You can sign up individually or with the Making the Band for all three.

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See, you get your own bib to print out and everything. I printed a couple extras for the boys because they’re in on it too.

If you’re looking for other races to finish out the year you can still use code STUFT on pretty much any Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race (yes, even Vegas now).



On the home front we’ve been making lots of zoodles.

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The pretty much go with any meal, but lately I’ve just been roasting them with this awesome Chosen Foods avocado oil spray.

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There has also been a lot of coffee, but really, isn’t there always?

I’ve been on this whole variation of Bullet Proof coffee kick.

I used to drink coffee just black and sometimes I still do, but I don’t really enjoy it as much as when I get to add all the fun things. The mix I’ve been making for myself (and for the hubs while he was home recovering) is coffee, coconut oil, collagen peptides (for extra protein) and the new Silk Creamers.

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The hubs and I rediscovered our love for creamers when we were in Boston for the marathon. I try to avoid dairy as much as possible so was so excited when these new Silk Creamers came out. They have a bunch of different flavors and have them both with soy or almond.


I found them at Target, but the store locator will tell you what products they have at stores near you. I really want to find the hazelnut one, bit so far we love the vanilla and use it daily. It has the perfect thick consistency and you don’t need too much. It also has sugar in it so you don’t really need any additional sugar or anything either.

Sometimes it’s chilled over ice like in the above picture (if I wake up too late and the coffee has been sitting there for awhile) and sometimes it’s warm like this morning.

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For some reason I always like blending it too to make it all frothy and such. Mmmmm hmmmm…..

My other favorite Silk products that are always stocked here at home (just in case you care) are the unsweetened cashewmilk and the unsweetened vanilla almondmilk.


okay, and with that I’m off to face another hot one.


Stay tuned because there’s a HUGE 24 flash sale on one of my favorite products this Thursday. Heck yes I’ll be posting another blog in just two short days. Ha ha.


Have a great day!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    I cannot drink my 2-3 cups of coffee a day without creamer….I haven’t tried these but they look great. (aka…I will have to give them a try 😉

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    Tracy Levine says:

    Hmmmm, thinking about trying out this virtual 5K. I am up to running 4.2 miles on my treadmill now so it might be fun. I also started Body Beast yesterday and am going to couple these two workouts together. So far I am down 37 lbs since January and lots of inches!! I still have about 22 lbs to go to reach my goal size but if I am focusing more on measurements and of course, just feeling so much better. This is a forever lifestyle change. Your blogs are very inspiring for me. I am super excited to try the new Silk creamers!!! I have tried black coffee and many other ingredients to try to keep it healthy and make it tasty. Not having much luck yet. Have a great week and happy training!!…glad your toe is feeling better 🙂

  3. 3
    Lexa says:

    I just tried to sign up and the code isn’t working. Is there a different code?

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      STUFT Mama says:

      That’s the code so I emailed to find out what’s going on. It will only work if you do the Making a Band one for all three. Not if you register for one 5K only. 🙂 Will get back to you when I hear back Lexa! 🙂

    • 3.2
      STUFT Mama says:

      The code doesn’t work for virtual runs. Only destination races. So sorry. I just fixed it in the blog post. oopsies. 🙂

  4. 4
    Lindsay says:

    The hazelnut one is as delish as you would imagine. I found it at walmart.


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