Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Photographs From The Edge with Art Wolfe {Book Review}

People of all ages appreciate beauty, whether it be a painting, classical music, photography or nature. My family has enjoyed paging through the beauty in Art Wolfe's book, Photographs from the Edge.

Wolfe's photographs take you on a journey across the world from mountain peaks and lava beds to indigenous tribes and wildlife. Wolfe and Sheppard share the story behind each photo along with information about the subject and photography tips.

Reading Blueberries for Sal (numerous times a day!) has spurred on our 3-year-old's fascination with bears. Lately we have been admiring all of Wolfe's bear pictures to learn more about the mother and cub that Sal encounters on her blueberry picking excursion. His wildlife pictures are absolutely amazing and the story behind each one makes them even better!

Photographs from the Edge is a breathtaking portfolio of Art Wolfe's work that takes you all over the world while sitting in your own living room. Beautiful work like this is timeless and can be enjoyed by all ages — even the toddlers!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Training Week 11: Now For The Easy Part

Race week is HERE! Finally!!!

With only two more short runs left to go, training is nearly over and I feel a sense of accomplishment in that. I survived. And it was fun!

Racing should be the easy part, right? HA!!! Maybe "easy" isn't the right word. More so the short-term effort on race day feels much easier than the long term effort and dedication of 3 months of training.

As for the race, we'll just have to see what that day brings! Currently, the forecast is cool with scattered storms.

Do-able for running yet not so great for all of the farmers. (More rain?!)

Back to the weekend for a mini-recap.

We watched the full moon over our campfire with the neighbors on Saturday night. Then the sun returned with such radiant color on my Sunday morning 12-miler:

I could have used my sunglasses. It was SO bright!

The sky clouded over and the color scheme cooled off later in the run. It's amazing how much the sky changed over the time I was running.

And those wildflowers out on the gravel road... I took a picture of them so I can remember what plant life looks like when the snow is flying 2 to 3 months from now.

Race day goals? My only thoughts have been to stick with the 3:30 pace herd and to run much smarter than my last marathon. All in all, just have fun and then sleep in for the rest of my life after this.

I'm sure every toddler in the world is laughing at my goal of sleeping in :) 


Wild Hog Marathon Training Week 11:

Monday, September 12


Tuesday, September 13

Easy-Effort with double stroller: 6 mi, 00:56 @ 09:18 avg pace.

Wednesday, September 14

Speedwork: (Treadmill) 4.5 mi, 00:34 @ 07:31 avg pace.

2k @ 7:22/mile pace,
1 mile @ 7:01 pace,
1k @ 6:46 pace,
.5 mile @ 6:32 pace,

Thursday, September 15

Strength: Planks

Friday, September 16

Tempo: 6.73 mi 00:53 07:53 pace WU, 2 x 2.75 miles @ 7:42, 7:36/mile, CD

Saturday, September 17

2-mile walk with E biking and pushing W in the trike/stroller thing. Then lawn-mowing and a campfire that evening!

Sunday, September 18

Long Run: 12.01 mi, 01:45 @ 08:44 pace.

Total Mileage: 29.24 miles

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Supper With San-J #MomsMeet #SanJTamari

Over the summer I have been using my crockpot like crazy! I throw in the ingredients first thing in the morning, then the kids and I head outside and lunch is ready by the time we come back in.

I happened upon a fun new chicken and rice slow-cooker meal this week, Slow-cooker Mongolian Chicken, using San-J's Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce.

All three of the Asian Sauces we tried had a rich, bold flavor, were easy to incorporate into any meal and are certified organic, gluten free, vegan, and Kosher.. San-J's sauces have a richer, milder and more complex taste due to the higher concentration of soy protein caused by fermenting for up to six months with Japanese brewing methods.

Now onto the meal...

Making our Slow-cooker Mongolian Chicken was a piece of cake!

I combined 4 chicken breasts, one can of cream o' chicken soup and a 1/2 cup of San-J's Mongolian Sauce. After allowing the chicken to cook on "High" for 2 hours, I added sliced orange & yellow bell peppers to the mix. The meal cooked for 2 more hours and was ready to go just in time for supper.

We served the chicken and peppers over white rice and added extra San-J's on top.

Along with the Mongolian Sauce, we also sampled San-J's Orange Sauce and Thai Peanut (which has a spicy kick!). All of the Asian Sauces were great for dipping, basically as a substitute for ketchup or other condiments.

I enjoyed the San-J Asian Sauces' rich taste and their variety of flavors available. The Mongolian Sauce was my personal favorite and I would love to try their Teriyaki in the future. Check out the San-J website for a full list of their products.

A 10 oz. bottle of San-J Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce typically retails for around $4.45.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brushing Up with Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste #MomsMeet

One thing you likely don't know about me is that I'm a tooth-brushing fanatic.

I haven't always been. It all started during my second pregnancy when flossing and brushing my teeth were the only way to ease my morning sickness. (Well, that... and Chinese food.)

Now, knowing that random fact, imagine my excitement when I was approached with the opportunity to review an herbal formulation toothpaste!

Let me introduce you to Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste:

What makes Himalaya Botanique's toothpaste different is that they use a blend of Neem, Pomegranate, Triphala and Xylitol to leave your mouth feeling fresh:
» Neem leaf, harvested from the ‘worlds most researched tree’ is history’s original housekeeper and works to keep the mouth clean.

» Pomegranate is an astringent fruit extract that helps support healthy looking gums by tightening the tissues.

» Triphala is a traditional detox formula in ancient Ayurveda composed of the three myrobalan fruits for clean teeth and a radiant smile.

» Not only is Xylitol a tooth-friendly sweetener, but it has also been clinically-studied to support good oral hygiene.
With regular brushing, Himalaya Botanique's herbal formulation helps to remove plaque, supports healthy-looking gums and maintains white teeth. The Whitening varieties use the enzymes in papaya and pineapple to help remove surface stains.

Plus, this toothpaste is free of a whole lot of things: Carrageen, SLS, Fluoride, and even Gluten (if you're into eating toothpaste, I suppose).

After trying each variety of Himalaya Botanique's toothpastes, I am impressed. Each of the flavors was pleasant and without any weird aftertaste. Because these products are flouride-free, they are safe for our toddler to use as well.

This was definitely the best Xylitol-containing toothpaste that I have tried. If you really want to know, the Cinnamon flavor is my favorite!

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste retails for $5.99.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Training Week 10: Ready, Set, Taper

Here marks the end of the peak training phase... and the beginning of taper!

{Cue the Chariots of Fire theme song.}

I am so ready to take the next two weeks easy-ish! Tapering is a strange balance between resting but not taking it too easy so that my legs get sloppy. Personally, I struggle to find that balance. Last time, I under-rested and paid for it. This time I hope to taper "better".

The weekend's long run was like a DTR (determine the relationship) workout for my marathon goal pace: 2-mile warm up, 10 miles at marathon pace, and 2-mile cool down.

I was nervous about maintaining a 7:30-8:00/mile pace for 10 miles but it went really well. The relationship is determined indeed and my marathon pace goal feels realistic.

Now to make myself run smart and on-pace come race day!

We made a few excellent finds at the thrift store this week, two of them being Spiderman and Captain America suits! Costumes have been a hit for the kids lately. I think it would be hilarious to race in a costume someday but this Captain America one is a bit too snug to run down the street in :s

Mr. 3-Year-Old has all the right moves to be a superhero (notice his flexing in the picture below)! He is learning to memorize scripture now and when he recites James 1:19 it melts my heart: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

The kids are growing up so fast, which is wonderful and scary at the same time. Time, please slow down just a tiny bit!

P.S. If you haven't already, run on over to my prAna outfit giveaway and enter to win. I would love for you to win a Ravena Top and pair of Kara Jeans. I love mine!

What is your favorite OR least favorite training workout?
Have you ran a race in a costume before?

Wild Hog Marathon Training Week 10:

Monday, September 5


Tuesday, September 6

Easy-Effort: 8.26 mi, 01:15 @ 09:03 pace.

Wednesday, September 7

Speedwork: 6.03 mi, 00:47 @ 07:50 avg pace. 6 x 800m @ 7:13, :11, 6:47, 6:59, 7:08, 6:55/mile pace with 2:00 min recovery jog between intervals.
Strength: 6 x 1:00 planks, leg raises and bridges.

Thursday, September 8

Off. The kids and I spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house and I got a filling replaced. Part of it broke off while I was singing bedtime songs on Sunday night. Who knew "Be Thou My Vision" could be so intense?!

Friday, September 9

Tempo with double stroller: 9.06 mi, 01:13 @ 08:05 pace. 2 x 4 miles @ 7:58, 8:01/mile with .5 mile recovery jog between intervals.

I did stop my watch about four times per the 3 yr old's request... graham crackers, sweater, more snacks, no sweater. Reminded me of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" book :) Both kids took short naps during the run and it was wonderful!

Saturday, September 10

Easy-Effort with double stroller: 4.4 mi, 00:42 @ 09:36 pace.

The littlest and I went out for a run before supper. The stroller pushes like a dream with 30 less lbs! Big brother helped daddy grill supper while we were gone 😁.

Sunday, September 11

Long Run: 14.01 mi, 01:52 @ 07:59 pace. WU, 10 miles @ 7:46/mile, CD.

Total Mileage: 41.76 miles

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Fashion Favorites with prAna #MMLovesPrana #MomsMeet

Believe it or not, I don't wear my running clothes every day!

I love a cute outfit but my attire needs to be capable of keeping up with two toddlers all day long. That means tree climbing, crawling around the floor playing "horsey", rolling down grassy hills, looking presentable while running errands, and who knows what else.

I was ecstatic to receive the opportunity to review prAna's Ravena Top and Kara Jean.  Since the arrival of my prAna outfit I haven't wanted to take it off! (Yes, I will wash it. Some day.)

Here are my thoughts on these two prAna pieces and stick around to WIN this outfit for yourself!

First off, have you heard of prAna before? Here's a little background:

The prAna mission is to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living.

We create versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. How do we know? Because we base our designs on our own experiences. You see we’re more than makers, we’re doers—yogis, climbers, and world travelers—and we use our knowledge to make clothes that look good and play hard. We like to focus on the details, and aren’t afraid to go bold when it comes to colors and whimsical patterns. We love to combine classic style with modern materials, ever mindful of where and how our creations are made. (Source)
prAna designs the perfect stylish activewear because they are active individuals themselves. They totally "get" the active life!

About My Outfit

The Ravena Top is a burnout jersey knit top made up of 54% Recycled Poly and 46% Organic Cotton. I chose the Grey Indigo color and the bold, artistic pattern is just beautiful. I love how this cozy long-sleeve is perfect for wearing alone or layered up with a tank underneath or vest over top.

The Kara Jean is the BEST! Personally, buying jeans is scary because each brand has their own unique fit. My reaction to the Kara Jean is "Where have you been all my life?!"

These jeans have a tapered leg, slim fit and are 79% Organic Cotton. My absolute favorite part of the Kara Jean is the cuff on the bottom. Finding jeans that are long enough for my legs is difficult but these jeans adjust to fit any inseam! I chose the Indigo color and they are seriously my new favorite jeans. I can roll them up to wear with flats or roll them down to wear with heels.

Now It's Your Turn!

Enter below for a chance to win this prAna outfit for yourself:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
prAna is also generously offering this discount code “MMLPLLTR” for 15% off your order at! This code is one-time use per customer and not valid for Influencers, on Gift Certificates or with any other offers. Valid thru October 31, 2016.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Linking up with Faith at Mommy Moments and Running with SD Mom & Erica Finds at the Wednesday Giveaway Round-Up.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chase the Lion {Book Review}

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson presents a bold message to step out in faith, off the path of least resistance, and to chase after God's calling on your life and the dreams He has placed on your heart.

This book has challenged me in my faith and encouraged me to press deeper into my relationship with the Lord and to dream big, God-sized dreams.

I know the Lord is able to do far abundantly more than I could ever even dream up - now it's time to live like it!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. EPHESIANS 3:20-21
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.