Thursday, December 29, 2011

My year in review!

Since I only started running in July of this year, my numbers are pretty low in to comparison to many other bloggers out there.   My running journey started with me running my familiar 1.5 mile loop that I still run when I want to stay close to home.   When I first started, I couldn't even run that whole mile and a half.  I did the ol' run-walk-run-walk-run walk until I was able to run-run-run-run-run.   Then I slowly moved up in my distance.   I remember the amazing feeling I had when I ran 1.86 miles without stopping.   I ventured out of my familiar loop at the last half mile and continued on.   I could have gone further but back then I left myself little room before it was dark out since I didn't think I would be gone longer than 20 minutes.   Finally I broke the mental wall that I had up and I was increasing my furthest distance by almost a full mile a week.  

Miles by month (only running miles):

July:  27.41

August:  69.38

September:  63.86

October:  62.87

November:  66.75

December (still a few days left!):  85.71

Total Miles for 2011:  376

My goal for 2012 is to run over 1000 miles throughout the year.    I am hoping that I can do it, but we shall see!  

I did 3 races this year.   The Joe's Pantry 5k, Turkey Trot 5 mile, and the Race to the Light 5k. 

My pace when I started running this summer was around the 11:24 per mile. 
My pace right now is about 9:57 per mile. 

I also plan on doing at least one half marathon this year.   I would like to do one in spring but I want to see if I can keep up the mileage through the snowy weather we haven't yet experienced this year.   If this doesn't work out, I will do the Fox Cities Half Marathon in the fall.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Somme Institute Review

A couple months ago I was talking with another blogger about how my skin had been horrible ever since I started running 6 months ago.   No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to clear up.   I would wash my face immediately after getting back from a run.   I would wash my face before a run to make sure I had no make up on.   Nothing at all worked.   I was becoming pretty depressed to be entirely honest.  I kept thinking that it's not fair that I can work on being healthy in other ways but then my face breaks out and I no longer look healthy.

I have spent many days in the dermatologists office in my adult years.  I have such sensitive skin that I've ended up in the Emergency Room from having an allergic reaction to face products.  That is when one of the worst things happened.  They told me to use a combination of hydrocortison cream and face lotion to help my skin go back to normal.   The problem with that remedy is that my skin actually because addicted to the hydrocortison and whenever I would stop using it, my face would flair up in a rosacea type of rash and I would go back to using the hydrocortison to get rid of it.   I am embarrassed to say that this has been going on for years.   It's so unhealthy to use hydrocortison on your skin and I just kept with it to keep the flair-up away.   

Back track two months ago when I contacted Somme Institute desperate to try their products.   I was thrilled when they emailed me back and said that they would send me their whole 5 step Regimen to try.   It arrived a few days later and I was so very excited to give it a try.



Week 1 - Major break outs.   I had probably some of the worst skin ever this week.   My sister even came into the house one morning when she was dropping off her daughter and noticed the break out.   I knew this had to happen to clean out my skin and bring out my new skin so I was okay with this!  Another thing that happened this week that I mentioned previously.   My skin was dependent on hydrocortisone and I stopped using that right when I started using Somme.   My rosacea was back and I had some burning and redness.   I read online that steroid induced rosacea will take months to heal and go away.   I was bummed. 

Week 2 - Still breaking out but I am noticing that my breakouts are healing much quicker and they are becoming less frequent.   My rosacea was gone.  GONE.   Never has this happened before.  I am not sure if Somme can help with steroid induced rosacea but it sure as heck cleared up mine in a week!

Week 3 - Clear skin!  It's starting to happen!   I am still getting some blemishes but not at all like before.   I am also having several black heads making their way to the top and for the first time I am noticing how fresh and new my skin is starting to look!   My mother in law even told me that something was different about how I looked.   I looked more "mature" or something.  I think it basically was that I didn't have the adolescent skin she was used to seeing.   I still didn't have ANY rosacea.   None at all. 

Week 4 - Still having a couple small problem areas but these are the areas I have always battled with my entire adult life.   I can tell that Somme is still clearing out my skin.   The blemishes are healing quickly and becoming less often.   No signs of rosacea and I feel safe in saying that my skin is no longer dependent on hydrocortison which is a first in 7 years.  Yes, I used hydrocortison that long. 

Week 5 - Nearly perfect skin.   I couldn't have dreamed of my skin looking this good while maintaining my new healthy lifestyle.    I am so very thankful for Somme.   It  helped me through steroid induced rosacea.   It helped my skin become healthy.   It made me actually proud of my skin instead of embarrassed.    I look forward to continuing this regimen and seeing all of the results from this point on.

What's in the 5 step regimen - 

Somme Institute contains our Patented technology MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology), a revolutionary protein/vitamin delivery system (A, B3, B5, C and E) which transforms the skin, thus improving its tone, texture and clarity while reducing the signs of aging (for all skin types).
Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser (non-foaming/non-irritating)
Step 2: Transport (gentle exfoliant)
Step 3: Serum (with Vitamin C)
Step 4: A-Bomb (moisturizer with Vitamins A and E)
Step 5: Double Defense (SPF 30+)

The Nitty Gritty - Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen is for sale here.   For the entire 5 step it will cost you $298.00.    I have been on their email list for some time now and if that price is too steep for you, they almost always have a sale going on of some sort.   On Black Friday the 5 step regimen was 40% off.   I wish I would have taken advantage of it then!

You can also skip some of the steps to save yourself some money.   The parts of the regimen that I would personally keep is the Cleanser, the Serum, and the A-bomb. 

Bottom Line -  Is the 5 step regimen worth it after all the cost?   Yes.   It's not the cheapest treatment out there but if you want to have clear, smooth, flawless looking skin, give it a try.  I think you will fall in love.

I have spend thousands of dollars over the years on doctors visits, lotions, pills, and ointments to have clear skin and none of them have worked as well and as safely as the Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen has.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A few new Wright Sock Winner!

Some people didn't get back to me.   I checked the ones with blogs and they have posted since so I decided to stick with my rule of the 27th by 8pm and here I am picking a few new names.  

Clarinda @ All Things Clarinda

Falon @ Falon Does Marathon

Jen @ Just Jen

Heather @ Just a Colorado Girl

Please email me your mailing address and shoe size by 12/29/11 at 8:00 pm to claim! 

Christmas is Over

And I'm ready to get back on track.   I took 2 days off.   One by choice and the other not by choice.   I actually came down with a stomach bug and felt pretty horrible on Christmas day.   I ended up spending most of the day on the couch watching this.  


Mike is obsessed with YouTube.   He also had no idea I was taking this picture.  

Christmas was great.   We got a lot of nice things.   One of my favorites was this:


I couldn't wait to take it out for a test run so yesterday, although I wasn't feeling well yet, I went out and did 5k in 29:31.   I can see how these are dangerous.   I kept looking down at it.   Before when I used my phone, It was in a sleeve on my arm and I could never look at it to see my pace, time, distance.   It would tell me after each mile but that's it.   Now it's right there staring at me at all times.  

I also got one of these:


It hurts so good...

I also did Jillian's 30 day shred and I am no longer hurting from it.   About time.  

In other news, Katelyn has off of school all week.   The girls have been fighting non-stop and I might possibly go crazy by the end of the week.    If my posts get more and more random throughout the week, you know why.   If you have a heart, come save me.  

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday afternoon run....and WRIGHT SOCK WINNERS!

I know most of you are probably only reading this to check if you won some awesome socks...but first I'm going to make you look at some pictures of me that aren't very easy to look at.  

I went for my run and left the house about 3pm.   My run started off great.   It was easy, the weather was about 21 degrees with a bit of wind.   The wind wasn't so bad until about mile 2 when I hit the Trestle Trail.   Holy wind.   I nearly blew off the darn thing.   I should have learned from doing the Paul's Pantry 5k there a few months back.   I made it across and had planned on going about another half mile so I could get to 7 miles total for my run but I decided to just turn back around and let the other side of my face get beat by the wind.   My face was pretty much frozen in this picture.  

You can see the Trestle Trail in the background...goes right over a big lake.

It only got worse once I was off the trail.   I no longer had the wind nearly blowing me away but the snow picked up a lot and I was running straight into it.   I could barely keep my eyes open and people were looking at me like I was crazy.   I had a love/hate relationship with this run.   I loved that I was doing it and not giving up.   I didn't like the snow straight up in my face and how the wind and snow really affected my pace.    At the same time the snow was beautiful and I enjoyed running in daylight again where I was able to listen to some music when I wanted to.   I haven't had music on a run in a very long time and it was sort of refreshing to have again.  

After my run, this is what i looked like.   That is snow flying in front of my face...not snot.  I look pretty disgusting in this picture.


Anyway I completed 6 miles.   I'm glad I did it. 

NOW the winners of the Wright Socks.   Everyone needs to email me their name, mailing address and shoe size so I can forward the info to the company.    They will be sending the socks directly to you.   I am going to be more strict on the email to claim your prize.   I will give you more time since the holiday weekend is here.   To claim them, I must hear back from you by 12/27/11 at 8pm.   If  I don't, I will have random.org select another winner instead.  

1.  Jenn @ running with the girls
2.  Carrie @ Prevail, Persist, Endure
3.  Jen @ From FAT to FINISH LINE

4.  Amylee @ Run My Guts Out
5.  Courtney @ Third Time's A Charm
6.  Jenn @  http://www.jennsadventures.com/
7.  Kim  @  Living Domestically
8.  Sarah  (Comment #27)
9.  M. Adams (Comment #47)
10.  Janice Brown (Comment #61)
11.  Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner
12.  Jill R. (Comment #101)
13.  Suz and Allen @ Cows and Lasers and Everything In Between
14.  Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen
15.  Ali Mc @ Running /w Spatulas
16.  Karien @ Running the Race
17.  Trish @ Begin Again and Again and Again...
18.  Kiley @ DAILY VITAMIN F
19.  Amy @ Juice Boxes and Crayolas
20.  Penny @ Pink Hat Runner


Dang that took a while!   I wish EVERYONE could win but I have more giveaways lined up for the near future!  

Sweet People and Sweet Abs!

First and foremost, I got one Christmas card in the mail today.   It might have possibly been the best card I received this entire season.   The reason?  It had gifts inside.   If you have checked my facebook, you already know that Kara at Chickbands sent me and my girls each a Chickband.   How seriously sweet is she?!


Secondly, I have been working out a TON.  I mean a lot more than I ever have in my life.   It's all in an effort to stay in the top three of the HBBC to be completely honest.   The plus side to it is this:  I don't have to worry about gaining weight through the holidays.   It goes hand in hand I guess.    I am also eating much healthier than I have in years.   To be completely honest with you, I used to be very food conscious before I met Mike.   My mom misses it because I lived at home and made healthy dinners and had her buy healthy food.   I miss having my mom buy any food I told her to. 

Anyway I'm starting to see some changes to my body that I so proudly showed off to a couple girls at work last night.  First off, I am getting major muscles in my legs that I have never seen before.   My favorite is the one in front of my shin.   I think it's the Tibialis anterior but I could be wrong.  

I am also getting abdominal muscle lines.   Nothing to ever show on this blog, but they are slowly growing and becoming something I am personally proud of.    Yay for small achievements! 

My love handles are still there.   They will be there when I am 98 lbs @ 5 ft. 9 in.  Of course I could never weight 98 lbs. but I'm just giving you an idea that those are never going to be gone.  

I also haven't showered yet today.   It's after 2:00 PM and I am still planning to run so I am not showering until after my run.  I just didn't feel like showering twice today.   Call me dirty.   I like it. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker!

I can't take credit for this one.    It's amazing and easy and so very delicious.   I found it a while ago over at Sweet Treats and More.   I knew it would eventually make it into our rotation and I'm so glad it did!   I used the left over chicken today on my salad and it was just amazing.   My sister had a sandwich and after finishing, raved about how good the chicken was.   Winning.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New HeadSweats Winner!

I waited almost an entire week before picking a new winner.   I still haven't heard from the original winner and it pains me to leave them out on such an awesome prize but I do need it to move on to a person that will love it!   

The new winner is:


She actually lives REALLY close to me and once she's up to running full time again I hope to run with her!   Maybe we will be sporting matching hats!

Kim, please email me to claim your prize!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Me....at my best...

This all started back when Kari over at Running Ricig mentioned how another blogger had met her in person for the first time and had said her voice was lower than she had imagined.   I emailed her about how I am now on a mission to set the "tone" of my blog for my readers by uploading a video of myself so that people can actually hear my voice and know what I sound like.   I told her that my voice is probably also lower than others think it would be and I also sound like a yooper since I am in Wisconsin and all.  

Here's the best video of me.   I'm so awesomely kind to Mike in it.   




 In the video you meet me, Katelyn, my mom (she will hate that youtube paused her in the still shot), my dad and my sister Jill.

I also want to let you know that Mike's pretty infamous for taking terrible videos of everyone.   Close ups of zits, or our mouths or something really unflattering to those on the other side of the camera.    I figured that was probably what he was doing and on top of it, I am not one that is used to being on the camera so for me to have the camera pointed at me for nearly 5 minutes (felt like 10 in my head) is hard.   I tried to keep it cool and thought that if I ignored him, he would get bored and quit.  Apparently not.  

To prove my point a little bit.   I wrote on my sisters wall that I would be uploading a video on my blog of her eating and this is what she wrote. 


So I hope you forgive me for my un-Christmas like attitude.   I also hope that you can now picture the tone in which this blog is written.   If I lose followers after today, I understand.  

Here is a challenge:   Upload your own video.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wright Socks Review and Giveaway!


Okay I'll admit it.   I'm new to running.   I am still considered a newbie by most and I'm okay with that.   I have learned so much in my short 6 months of running and still have so much more to learn.   That being said, I have learned a thing or two about socks.   Most importantly, they are important when it comes to running.   For the longest time I was wearing any sock to run in.   El Cheapo from Walmart was just fine for me.  My feet would get hot and sweaty and gross but I thought that was normal. 

Enter WrightSock.   I was sent a few different pairs to try.   I am a changed woman.   I love these socks so much that I actually will save them to run in them more than once.   Gross maybe, but my feet don't really get that sweaty in these and it's so cold out to help out in that area that I'm able to get away with it. 



One more example of how much I love these socks.   The night before the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot I had to work and didn't lay out an outfit to wear the next morning.   At 6:00 AM I was up and ready except I couldn't find any matching pairs of my WrightSocks.   I sat in my dark room for 10 minutes digging through the clean laundry basket trying to find a pair.   Finally I did and I was off to the Turkey Trot in my WrightSocks

A little bit of info from their website to give you the technical talk on these awesome socks.

1. Moisture Management: Dri-WRIGHT™ inner layer wicks moisture off the skin better than any other fabric. The Result... your feet stay dry.
2. Temperature Regulation: Staying dry means staying cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The Result... your feet are more comfortable.
3. Friction Reduction: Interaction between the inner and outer sock layers absorbs friction that is normally transferred to the skin. The Result... skin shear is eliminated.
In competition, your feet are subjected to extreme stress. As your body heats up, your feet get wet, hot and chafed. The combination of moisture, heat and friction often leads to painful blisters and discomfort that keeps you from performing at your peak. How can you eliminate this problem? WRIGHTSOCK™ Double Layer Socks are the answer!

WRIGHTSOCK™ Double Layer construction coupled with the most technically advanced fibers, delivers the blister protection that you need. WRIGHTSOCK™ Double Layer provides year round comfort and performance with no blisters- guaranteed.

1. Patented 3rd attachment keeps socks aligned.

2. The outer layer is constructed of fibers specific to the activity.

3. The inner layer is always a smooth, undyed, hydrophobic surface against the foot. PATENTED!

4. Friction and shearing forces, created by rigorous activity, are absorbed by the interaction between the inner and outer layers of the sock instead of being passed on to the outer layers of the skin. The result is less blistering.

5. Color coded toe seams for easy size matching.


Ready to win an pair of WRIGHTSOCKS for yourself?!   Ready to be hooked??   Here's what to do:

-Become a public follower of Sweet and Savory By Sarah (or let me know if you already are).

-Like Sweet and Savory by Sarah on Facebook.

-Like WRIGHTSOCK on facebook.

-Tell me if you wear any socks for working out or if you are brand specific. 

-Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or your Blog.   Leave a comment for each. 


The best news?   WRIGHTSOCK is awesome enough that they are going to give away TWENTY pairs of socks to TWENTY winners.   They are making sure several of you will be able to try these socks out.   They are smart and know you will be hooked :) 

Please leave a separate comment for each item to complete for it to be counted.   Contest will be open until 12/23/11 at 8:00 PM CST.    Winners will be selected by Random.org.  


  





































































Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chocolate Walnut Toffee


It's that time of year to over eat on chocolates and cookies and I'm here to help you out.   I have never made toffee before because the temperature thing seemed complicated.   When I saw this recipe that didn't call for a candy thermometer, I knew I had to give it a try.   I am glad I did.   It's really so easy and very delicious.   Your ass will thank me. 

Headsweats Winner!

  

Congratulations to EricaH over at 


You are the winner of the Headsweats hat of your choice!

Please email me within 48 hours to claim your prize!


If I do not hear from Erica within 48 hours a new winner will be selected.  
 
I will also have a recipe posted later today and it's really easy and yummy so everyone wins today.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

9th Wedding Anniversary and Pictures from our wedding.

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary.   That makes us sound very old but in reality we just got married very young.   Young as in 6 months after graduation.   Young as in not even 19 year old.   Young as in WTF were we thinking?! 

It all worked out for us in the long run but I don't think I'd suggest it to many other people ;)  I think it takes a lot more work and possibly luck that you will both grow into people that can actually live happily together.  

The story as to why we got married so young is really simple.    He left for the Army in August of 2002.   We missed each other so very much so I wanted to move by him in Oklahoma.   The only way that would work is if we got married.   Turns out that he was deployed to Iraq 3 months later and I was back to Wisconsin for another 9 months waiting for him some more.    Then back to Oklahoma I went.  

Here are some pictures of our wedding.   Enjoy!










Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Need some help...and Chicken Legs

When you ask your 4 year old to take a picture of you, expect nothing better than this!   This was the 3rd and best picture she was able to get.   I still love her though.   The reason for the picture is because I got those shorts and I am in love with them.   They are the Northface GTD shorts.   You can get them here.   They feel like air and fit so well.   I am in love.  

So this picture brought up two things in my mind.   I have chicken legs.   I didn't realize they were this bad until I saw this picture.   Second thing...do you see the muscle in that thigh?!  Hell yeah!  I wish it were a clearer picture. 

Don't look at my face.   I had no makeup on.   My hair wasn't done.   I wasn't showered and I woke up not too shortly before this.   Maybe it's good the picture isn't very clear....

Now if you've seen my facebook, I need your help.   Tell me your favorite place to vacation within the continental USA.   I would like it to be warm and some what relaxing with things to do if we get bored.   Our girls will not be with us.   We are also able to fly for this.   It would probably be October-November time frame of next year.  

Ready....Set...Comment! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cosmetic Surgery

Last Friday, Katelyn had some cosmetic surgery.   It made me a bit sad to have her go through it but we knew it was a matter of time before she would ask us for it.  

When she was born, she was born with a small skin tag on her left ear.   It was more noticeable as a baby  because she didn't have hair to cover it.   As she grew older, so did her hair.   Her hair covered it very well but eventually the dreaded days came when kids started to notice it.   We explained to her that is was just like a birth mark.   She was born with it and many people are born with other birth marks as well and it wasn't anything to be ashamed of.    Needless to say,  she still asked us to have it removed.  

Refusing to smile.   Too nervous.

I was sad about it mostly because that's how she was given to me.   Her skin tag had a story as well.   One that I didn't learn until after she was born and her pediatrician asked me one simple questions. "Did all of her ultrasounds come back normal?" 

I paused and told her that they had.   Then I mentioned that at the 20 week ultrasound they had seen a spot of possible fluid in one of her organs  (either kidney or liver, I can't remember anymore!) and that they weren't sure if it was just a reflection so I should have it checked again at a later date.   We weren't worried and when they did another ultrasound at 28 weeks everything looked perfect so we assumed it was just a reflection.  

The pediatrician got a sly smile and said that is exactly what she was wondering.   According to her, they are finding that fetus's that have this come up in their 20 week ultrasound often have a skin tag somewhere around their face as a result.   

How weird.   Just so weird.  

Holding ice on it before the numbing shot.   Also watching Toy Story 3.


Anyway the skin tag is now gone.   She's still embarrassed because she has stitches now and will not be getting them out until next Tuesday.   The procedure went really really well and she didn't even know he was taking it off when he was.  


Is it bad that the entire time I was there, I was tempted to ask the doctor how much new boobs would cost me?  I really honestly wanted to but I could only image Katelyn's jaw would have dropped and she would have been humiliated that I just talked about boobs with a guy we don't know.  

Monday Miles 12/12/11

I might have multiple posts today.  I have some posts that I have going on in my head but I am not sure I'll have the time to get them all out.    I wanted to do Monday Miles this week for a few different reasons.   First is because I ran the most miles this week than I ever have in a one week period.  I logged in so many miles mostly because of the HBBC challenge going on.   I am fighting hard to stay in the top three and sometimes I feel like I'm working way too hard for being only a builder.   I have some issues with how people are inputting their info as well.  

One of which, I noticed at least one person puts in their points for the entire week at the beginning of the week anticipating what they will do that week with the schedule they have put together.   This simply isn't fair.   I don't think they ever go back to change it when they don't meet those goals.   

The second one is when they only add their points at the very end of the week or even a day after the week has ended.   How do we know who we are even competing against if you're not regularly adding your points as you go.    It also brings up the honesty in your points because it seems the ones that do this, sky rocket to the top with little or few posts stating they are working out and doing anything to get these points.   These are some major points they are laying down and I'd love to see how they are getting these just as much as anyone else that is competing in HBBC.  


With that, Amanda is doing an amazing job running this.   I don't know how she does it to be completely honest.   I am a stay at home mom during the day and I still wouldn't have the time to organize this amazing challenge.  

I feel so much better the past two weeks.   I feel like it's thanks to all the fruits and veggies that I have been consuming thanks to HBBC as well.  

One other amazing thing happened this week.   It was pretty damn cold in Wisconsin this week and I did make a half attempt to run outside on Tuesday but gave up after 1.5 miles because I was too cold.   My throat and longs hurt even though I was breathing through a scarf so I went home and finished up on the treadmill.   I sort of fell in love with that thing.   I thought it would never happen but it was there at any time of the day.  I managed to run twice a day a few times this week because I could run while Kenzie and Aubri played.   It was sort of amazing!   Then I would run again at night.   

My Miles are going to be a bit off and not exactly match the HBBC challenge because I run my week Monday to Sunday, but you get the idea.  

Monday 12-5

     - 3 miles on the treadmill in the AM
     - 3.5 miles on the treadmill in the PM

Tuesday 12-6 
 
     - 1.5 miles outside in the AM
     - 2 miles on the treadmill also in the AM

Wednesday 12-7

     - 4 miles on the treadmill in the AM
     - 2.5 miles on the treadmill in the PM

Thursday 12-8

     - 5.25 miles on the treadmill in the PM....longest run on the treadmill ever for me.  

Friday 12-9

    - No Running

Saturday 12-10
  
     - No Running

Sunday 12-11

     - 5 mile run outside in the PM
     - 1.25 mile walk back home

Total Miles: 28 miles!!!!


My other points come from eating all my fruits and veggies (having a smoothie in the AM really helps this) and then doing tons and tons of arm, ab and leg workouts.   Also I have stretched before and after each run.   This is something I was sooo lazy about prior to HBBC as well. 

How did your workout week go? 

Has HBBC been motivating you to put out more physical activity than you normally do? 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Apple Sauce Snack Cake

Today Kenzie had her end of semester concert at school.  It made me so happy to see her up there because if you recall, this was her last spring.


She gets so nervous to be in front of all these adults.   She gets the "I'm going to puke" look on her face and I just cringe imagining if that were to happen.   Here she is today...

Notice anything wrong with this picture?  I didn't notice it until I published this post...

Most of the kids smile and wave to their parents but Kenzie just stands there with the same look the whole time.   Today, unlike the past two concerts she has done, she did do the hand motions with all of the songs and sang all of the songs as well.   My little girl is slowly coming out of her shell.   Not to quickly though Kenzie.   I like you just the way you are.  



I was in charge of making something like coffee cake for the concert and these looked just about right.   They aren't a coffee cake but they are not overly sweet and are light and moist and pretty darn delicious.   I think others might agree.  There wasn't a single one left after the concert.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Headsweats Review and Giveaway!


Now that it's winter time a hat is an essential part of my running attire.   You simply can not go without one if you plan on running longer than half a mile.   I was very excited when Headsweats said they would let me pick out any hat from their website to try out and review.   I instantly knew that I needed a winter hat because I live in Wisconsin and honestly this hat will be worn for EVERY outdoor run for the next 4 months at least.   I needed it to be comfortable and this hat is awesome.    It's not too small that I have to worry about it sliding around while on my run.   It stays put and goes down far enough to cover the entire top half of my head. 



Notice the earrings, I wasn't going for a run after this picture.   You get the idea though!   The hat is very warm and very comfortable though and it has been with me every run since I received it.  

Another great part about this hat is that it actually has a hole in the back to put your pony tail through!


They also make visors, running hats, custom hats, Beanies etc. so even if you're in a warmer part of the country than me they have lots of awesome hats for you.  



Would you like to win a hat of your choice from Headsweats?  Any hat?!  Headsweats has been awesome enough to send one of my followers any hat of their choice from their website

Here is how to enter:

*You must live in the continental US

-Become a follower of Sweet and Savory By Sarah (let me know if you already are)

-Tell me which Headsweats hat you would choose if you won.  

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness....or Creepy? And Winner!

This past weekend we got some interesting mail.  Here is a picture of it....minus our address....since I'm so famous that I'm sure to get some creepers if I give it out. 


If you notice, there is no name or signature to this post card.   I sat looking at it for a while.   Looked to make sure it was sent to the right house.   Make sure that I'm not missing some hidden message.   There wasn't anything to give me a clue of who sent it.  

To me, it looks like an older child did it with the circles for the dot of the I's.   It also looks as though a parent was there to help out finishing up the post card as the penmanship does change both in the message and the address part of the post card.  

We may never know who sent this post card but Mike gloated for a bit since he is the one that does most of the yard work and tries hard to keep up with it even when we have busy lives.   I also felt a bit proud that someone noticed our small little house and thought it was nice looking!  

Was this a random act of kindness?   Or a random act of creepiness?   When I told people about it, I got both reactions.   My mom was sure someone was trying to find me.   I'm sorry Mom but I've been found.   They have my address.  Other people thought it was nice that someone took the time to do it.   Others found it just weird.    We liked it...and I think that's all that matters.  

Do you ever do random acts of kindness?   'tis the season. 

A week or so ago I bought the coffee for the person behind me at Starbucks.   I've done it a few times and each time the cashier looks at me oddly and asks "Do you know them?"   Then I tell them I do not and they always ask "So why are you doing it?"   In my honest opinion, they shouldn't be asking me that.   They should get it enough that they know exactly why I'm doing it without further explanation.  My response is easy though "Because I can."

I honestly just hope to make their day.   It might work.   It might not.  I can just hope that it continues and when they can pay it forward they take the opportunity to do so.  

Do you do random acts of kindness?

Do you think the post card is creepy or kind? 

Oh and the Winner of the Go Girl Sports V-Neck is:

Megan @Fit Crafty English Teacher

Please email me to claim your prize! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Race for the Light 5k Recap

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On Saturday I did the Race for the light 5k.   It has a start time of 4:30 PM and goes through a park that is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights.   Normally you can drive through the park and pay to see the lights but they shut it down so that the runners can go through and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as they run.   I love this 5k.  

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Right off the start it was different though.   When people were lining up to start, no one was going toward the front except a few of the elite runners.   It was very open and so I just went there.   I figured that way I wouldn't have to zig-zag around a bunch of people and I could start off good.   I was wrong.   Before we knew it, they blew the horn and we were off.   The elite runners started so fast that I felt weird instantly falling behind that I started way too fast.   I felt like puking in the first quarter mile...haha.  I slowed it down and was passed by quite a few runners at that point.   Since I started at the front, it was bound to happen.   

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The rest of the race was sort of rough since I started out way too fast.   I felt pretty tired and kept thinking "This sucks.   I don't like this.  I hate being passed.   I suck."   To be completely honest with you, I have discovered I'm an angry runner.   I get mad running.   I am not thinking about daisies and puppies.   I am thinking about how much work running is and how much is sucks that I get bad stomach aches and I feel like I might shit myself.   I hate how my foot gets numb at some points while running.   I hate getting hot.   I hate being tired.  I hate when my lips get chapped.   You name it, I have a lot of hate while running.     Once I'm done though, I am thrilled and on cloud nine and that's why I do it.  

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 So anyway here are the numbers:

Finished in 29:37 @ a 9:32 pace. 

25th place out of 111 females in my age division (19-29) 
128th place out of 527 females

I am happy that I finally got my sub 30 5k :) 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

We had a wonderful weekend.   I worked a bit but we had Sunday open to do all the things we needed.   We started off by setting the alarm to 7:00 am.   We got up and got all pretty so we could go to church.   After church they had a brunch so we ate brunch and talked to some of the people from the Parish.  Once we were full we set off to get our Christmas tree.   It literally took us 2 minutes to get it.   We got out of the car and saw a nice tree.   We looked a little more and then the girls started to complain that they were cold (um, it's Wisconsin and 40 degrees) which is ridiculous so Mike and I looked at each other and declared it was the one.   The guy selling the trees even joked with us on how quickly we picked our tree.   It's the way we roll. 

Katelyn had a birthday party to go to so while she was at that I headed to Sam's Club with my mom and loaded up on fresh veggies and chicken for the week.   I am set to eat healthy.   I even bought a gigantic container of hummus so no excuses not to get those points for the HBBC challenge.  

Anyway here is our tree. 
All the ornaments, including the ones of my babies first Christmas :)
Do you see me?  My legs look nice. 
Tomorrow I will hopefully write up a recap of the Race for the Light 5k I did Saturday night.   It was a fun one but I had to go solo so no pictures AGAIN.   I swear I really do run. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta Review and Giveaway


 Being that I'm a busy mom on the go, I am constantly trying to find ways to feed my family a healthy meal that doesn't take a lot of time for me to prepare.   Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with pasta is a great way to make a healthy side or meal, full of vegetables, that takes only a few minutes in the microwave.  

The taste was pretty good.  I normally enjoy cooking things on my own so I  know exactly what I am eating but these are great for the lunch or dinner that you just hadn't planned.   It beats Taco Bell!   

Here is more info:


Making meal time easier than ever, Green Giant has introduced vegetables with pasta and savory sauces to their already convenient and tasty line-up of Valley Fresh Steamers frozen mixes.

New Valley Fresh Steamers Vegetables with Pasta varieties include:
  • Macaroni and Cheese Sauce with Broccoli - classic elbow pasta and broccoli in a mouth watering cheese sauce
  • Pasta and Vegetables with Alfredo Sauce – delicious corkscrew pasta with carrots and broccoli in a savory Alfredo sauce
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Swag Bucks.....perfect for Christmas time!


Have you heard about Swag Bucks?  If not, let me tell you about it!   It's a search engine that you use that gives you points.   Over time you turn your points in for awesome swag!   It's very simple and I have personally been using if for just about 2 years now.   Last year I saved all my Swag Bucks up and turned them in for Amazon.com gift cards.   By the end of the year I had $135.00 in extra Christmas money to use for my gifts!  

How it work:  You download their tool bar and it will be at the top of your window each time you open up Internet Explorer, FireFox Etc.   When you need to search something, you put it in the tool bar and it will sometimes give you points!   It's random so you can win any time.   You also get different point amounts for each time you search.   You can also search the web for codes to give you points but I don't do that.  I just use the toolbar personally.   If you "like" Swagbucks on facebook they often give you hints on codes and also sometimes give you codes that will appear right on your wall for you to enter and add more points to your bank.  

If you would like a referral, here is my referral link:  http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ssoccer27

I do get points if you sign up and actually use Swagbucks with that referral link.   

If you have any other questions please ask!   I really do love swagbucks.  It's simple, easy and very straight forward.