Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jingle Bell Run.

I am knee deep in training what I like to refer to as my little grasshopper. You see, as I have mentioned before if someone spends enough time around me they somehow get a bug that they just can’t seem to shake……the bug to start running.

This past weekend my little grasshopper did her coach proud as she conquered her first 1k race. 1k may not seem that far to some, but if knew the incredible strides Lindsay has made in her training you would be just as proud as I was.

After all when we started this couch to 5k journey, Lindsay was not able to run 2 mins without struggling……….this past Saturday she ran 8 mins straight. No stopping to walk, no sucking in air so hard I thought she was going to kill over, just a good solid jog.

Look at that smile as she is nearing the finish line!

This goes to show that anyone who has the drive and determination to achieve a goal of running can, you simply have to fight through the days in which you feel as though it is impossible to lace up those running shoes.

After the race Lindsay turned to her small cheering section and smiling said…………..”1k down, 4 more to go”. I will be there every step of this journey she is on, coaching, cheering, supporting, encouraging and pushing her when she feels she has no more to give. More updates to come!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The sports fanatic…

I don’t know about you but I have what one would call a ‘sports fanatic’ or two on my list of people to shop for this season. As I was scavenging around looking for that perfect gift I ran across these awesome sports bands. And they seemed even more incredible after I ran a race this past weekend wearing a sports watch and it annoyed that bone that protrudes from the wrist, some silly scientist out there may refer to it as the ulna.

Anywho, these sports bands brought to you by Nike might possibly be a gift sent straight down from heaven. They are slim, lightweight, and most importantly don’t hurt any wrist bones. The sleek, easy to use SportBand track distance run, pace, time and calories burned.

When used in conjunction with the Nike Plus memory chip designed to fit into any Nike Plus shoe allows the runner in your family to connect to the world’s largest running club through nikeplus.com. 30 hours of workouts can be saved in the memory of the Sportsband that also doubles as a watch.

Do a little Christmas shopping for yourself and then hit the running trails.

Love ya,

Friday, December 10, 2010

I love to give personalized gifts! Over the next few days I will share a few of my favorite personalized gifts and let me tell you there are a lot of spectacular gifts that you can add your own personal touch to. One of those gifts are these sweet and elegant Lights.

After submitting a photo to Light Affection™ they work their magic by carving an illuminated masterpiece. Their carved artwork is framed into either a standing table lamp or a wall night light.

Check them out you will love the creativity they offer and the perfect gifts they create for mom, dad, grandparents or friends.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What is Christmas without a card?

For me, Christmas equals holiday cards, I love to send them and I love to receive them. I especially like to receive those cards that have pictures and a letter attached detailing all the fun adventures the sender had been through the past year. I have been sending Christmas cards for as long as I can remember and the past 5 years I have included a picture. My momma always used to say “do onto others as you’d have done unto you” so I figured since I love receiving cards with pictures, well then I need to be sending a card with my mug on it.
This year I used Tiny Prints as the company to hook me up with an awesome card. They have a super cool selection of cards, I am sure everyone could find a print they just could not pass up, I know I did.

In addition to cards they also have out of this world personalized photo gifts, from notebooks

to personal stationery

to gallery wrapped canvas prints,

your options are endless. Please check them out and personalize a special gift for that special someone!


All photos are courtesy Tiny Prints.

A must for the holiday's

I like to channel my inner Heidi Klum from time to time, most frequently around the holiday season. Two weeks ago I ventured out into the cool crisp Oklahoma November air to have pictures taken, not only for my Christmas cards but also for gifts for my family. I like to call my friend Destiny ‘my photographer’ after all she has been taking my pictures for the past 5 years so that kind of makes her my photographer right? Anyway she is super duper talented, beyond sweet and just might have a few Harry Potter magic tricks up her sleeves because she can make everyone, even me look pretty darn good in a picture or two. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

Oh how I love photography, I just much prefer being behind the lens rather than in front of.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Best EVER Sugar Cookies!!!!!

Because I am sure that it is not public knowledge that I like to bake, I feel as though I am doing a huge disservice by not sharing the news…….I like to bake, wait let me rephrase that I LOVE to bake. I use to bake for the entire town of Tulsa until the cost just got too much for me. You may think I am kidding, but my friends I am here to tell you I am not. I baked for all my gym friends, I baked for my church groups, I baked for my co-workers, I baked and was not happy with the outcome so I wanted to give my baked goods to my homeless neighbors but was advised not to, probably wise! I love to bake and anyone within a 50 mile radius of Tulsa has probably been given a slice of sweetness from my kitchen. Because I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas I hunt high and low for scrumptious bites of heaven and I am certain I could hear angles sing when I took a taste of my new favorite sugar cookies.

Here is what you will need:
• 2 whole Large Eggs
• 1 cup Canola Oil
• 2 sticks Butter, Softened
• 1 cup Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
• 1 cup Powdered Sugar
• 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
• 4 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons, All-purpose Flour
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
• 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together eggs, oil, butter, sugars and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and mix and blended well. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
Using a cooking scoop, drop balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Smear a dab of butter all over the bottom of a glass, and then dip the glass in granulated sugar. Use the glass bottom to flatten each ball of dough, dipping again into the sugar before flatten each ball. Repeat until all are flattened.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, until cookies are just barely turning brown.

Be prepared these little delights are going to knock your socks off!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

25 days of Christmas

With December comes tradition, happy spirits, family, friends, love and everything that is the holiday season. To me the holidays have always been about sharing, giving, thankfulness and gratitude, so I was on a mission that I have to admit shamefully I have already failed. I was looking forward to taking the 25 days of Christmas to blog about people, treats and places that makes Christmas time one of my favorite times of the year. I realize I am 7 days late, but better late than never right?

You can’t think of Christmas without thinking of the word gifts. Over the next few weeks I am going to share some way cool, must have gifts for Christmas 2010. If you happen to be like me the men in our lives are by far the most challenging to shop for, this year is no exception for me. I have been hunting high and low for cool and unique gifts for the men in my life………….and last week while I was at Boards I ran across a LEGO set, and it was not in the toy section of the store. This LEGO set was anything but a toy, you see it was an architectural model. Being my brother is an architect I tend to be drawn to names that sound familiar and when I saw Frank Lloyd Wright and Fallingwater all together on the same box cover I knew I had to investigate. There are 9 different architectural models by LEGO all of them ranging in difficulty and complexity.

Rockefeller Center

Sears Tower

John Hancock Center

Empire State Building

Seattle Space Needle

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


White House

Taj Mahal

With each model set comes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history. This is a perfect gift for any architecture enthusiast in your life, but expect to pay a little bit for each set!

Happy Shopping