A Trip to the Library

When I was little I wanted to be sisters with Ramona and Beezus.  I dreamt of finding my own abandoned box car and living in it.  I wished I had a bridge in my back yard that went to a cool place like Terabithia.  I thought Wayside School was the coolest school ever (not when it was falling down though).  Hopefully you recognize at least one of these book references.  I grew up loving books so much.  My dad would come home from work and read to me every night.  We read every single Beverly Clearly book and much much more.  One of the gifts I want to make sure I give my daughter is the imagination that goes along with reading to her.

Today was a big day.  I told her that when she was 4 she could get her own library card.  Not that she needs one, but I remember when I got my first library card and I was right around age 4.  I even remember the librarians names, Mrs. Diller.  Kind of weird I remember that, but apparently it was a really big deal to me.

Today my daughter (in the jogging stroller) and I walked to our local library, which is only a little over a mile from our home.  We went to the desk and got her an official, super cool, very first library card.  I wanted to take a picture of her with it, but she was in a goofball mood and this was the only pose she would give me.

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I told her she could pick whichever books she wanted and that she did.  17 hard bounds glorious books.  Note to self: when pushing a 39 lb child in a 25 lb jogging stroller up hill to get home, 17 hardbound books weighing a billion pounds was not the smartest idea. haha

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We made it home though.  We brought home Animalia.  This was always one of my favorites as a child.  The illustrations in this book are amazing.

We also picked Olivia and the Fairy Princesses.  We are big time Olivia fans.  She is a cute, spunky and feisty little pig who doesn’t like to conform.

My daughter picked The Berenstain Bears Out West (I Can Read Book 1).  Always fun.

A new one that we hadn’t read before, but now that I have I love it, Miss Lina’s Ballerinas.

That is just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope people still use and love libraries.  We are in such a digital age, but there is something so magical about looking at illustrations on actual paper and reading the book. :)

Do you still read actual paper books?

One of my Refrigerator Staples- Lemon Cucumber Water

Hello my name is Emelia and back in the day I was a big time soda drinker, I admit it.  I love water, but sometimes I need something with a little flavor.  I keep a pitcher in my fridge that is my secret weapon.

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Every 2 days I cut up one lemon and one cucumber and put it in the pitcher.  I then fill it with water.  For me the key is that it sits in the fridge getting nice and flavorful and really cold.  As I drink the water I refill water into it to keep it full.  I sometimes even drink it out of a wine glass to make me feel real fancy ;)

It is super easy to do, delicious to drink and can help cut cravings for beverages that aren’t very good for us.  (Even my 4 year old loves the water)

What is your drink staple in your fridge?

PJ’s Organics Review and Giveaway

I was provided product to review, but I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are always my own.

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Most of you know I try pretty hard to make sure the food I am feeding my family is organic.  I was sent information about PJ’s Organics frozen burritos and was very intrigued.

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I was happy to learn that PJ’s Organics food is:
HUMANELY RAISED
ORGANIC
NON-GMO

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PJ’s Organics offer 9 different breakfast and classic frozen burrito options.

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My personal favorite was the Chicken and Cheese with Green Chile.  It was really good with a little bit of spice.

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PJ’s Organics is the only line of USDA Organic frozen burritos available on the market.  If you live in Northern California you are also in luck because starting April 21st, PJ’s Organics will be running a promotion in Northern California Costco stores with reduced prices from the usual $3.49 to just $2.70.

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To learn more about PJ”s Organics and look for locations they are sold you can visit their website here.

I have a giveaway!  2 lucky readers will win 5 coupons, each good for one burrito.  That means two of you get to stock your freezers with 5 burritos.

 

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Remember there will be 2 winners :)

New Balance On Sale At Zulily

I’m a Zulily affiliate, so I like to skim through the sales and share ones that I think you guys would like and today started the New Balance sale.  Womens, men AND kids.  I saw tons of shoes, clothes and even GPS watches all deeply discounted.  Here is the link: New Balance on sale at zulily

I spy a hot pink GPS watch that I can’t stop thinking about.

Oops I did it again… I registered for the Dopey Challenge

Ok, not so much oops, I loved every minute of the Inaugural Dopey Challenge and I am SO excited to run the Dopey Challenge again.

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Is it January yet?  haha

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I am an annual passholder, so I was able to register early starting today. Here is more information on registration.

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4 early mornings, 4 theme parks, 6 medals, 48.6 miles and an infinite amount of memories.  I am especially excited about this little beauty, the 10th anniversary Goofy Challenge medal.  Before the Dopey Challenge existed I ran the Goofy Challenge twice, so this will be my 4th Goofy medal.

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Here is link to the Disney Parks Blog post on the new Goofy and Wine and Dine medals.

Who else will I be seeing at Walt Disney World Marathon weekend in January?

INKnBURN Leaf Tank Review

I am a huge fan of INKnBURN which is why I’m also an ambassador for them.  All of the clothes are top quality and made in the USA.  One of my all time favorites is the Leaf Tank.

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Earth Day is fast approaching and I thought it would be fitting to share this awesome design since it embodies the spirit of nature.

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I wore the INKnBURN Leaf Tank for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  If any of you have seen the first Tinker Bell movie when she makes her dress out of a leaf, this shirt immediately reminded me of that.

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The fabric is very soft and breathable.  I love the cut of the INKnBURN singlet tanks.  The length is perfect for me.  If you prefer a tshirt style tech shirt INKnBURN also has the Leaf Tech Shirt.

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I have a discount code to be able to provide 15% off to first time customers.  For the code to work you just need to set up an account on the INKnBURN website.  The code is emeliatoldme.  This is not a sponsored post, nor do I get paid from INKnBURN.  I really truly love their product which is why I choose to wear and share INKnBURN clothes.

Do you have any favorite Earth Day attire?

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

My family and I are huge frozen yogurt fans.  I now make it at home so I have control about what goes in it.  Many store bought frozen yogurts are packed with sugar.  Making it at home is simple and all you need is just 3 ingredients.

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I use my Vitamix and combine the following:
1 cup fruit
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
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Be sure not to over blend though because it will cause it to melt.  If the fruit is frozen you need less ice than if the fruit is fresh.  As you blend it should stiffen up quickly.  If it seems to thin then you should add more ice to make it the consistency of frozen yogurt and not a smoothie.

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For this batch I used frozen mixed berries, but fresh fruits such as bananas, berries and apples are delicious.  Apple frozen yogurt is one of my favorites.  Remove the skin and use different varieties of apples for the best flavor.  I use plain nonfat yogurt which makes the frozen yogurt quite tart.  If you want it to be sweeter you can use vanilla or flavored yogurt.  If you just want to sweeten it try agave nectar or honey.  It is a simple dessert and a much healthier choice for you family. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade frozen yogurt?

Operation Baby Hummingbird Update

I wanted to update everyone on how the baby hummingbirds are doing.  Here is my original post on saving the baby hummingbird that fell out of the nest if you didn’t read it.

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Both of them are still in the nest and seem to be doing great.  They are flapping their wings more and more.  The cutest part though is how they rotate in the nest to keep their faces in the sun.  They are like tiny little sundials.  Everyday they are getting more feathers.  I am amazed at how fast this process is.  I wonder how old hummingbirds are when their beaks become very long?  They are definitely growing though.  I’m still crossing my fingers for these two little amazing creatures.  My daughter named them Cinderella and Aurora. Lol

Lucy Activewear On Sale

I love Lucy…the activewear brand.  The clothes are well made and very comfortable.  FYI Lucy activewear is on sale on Zulily for the next couple days.  The earlier you shop the more selection you have.  I like to share my favorite sales from Zulily with you, so there you go :)

Here is the link to the sale: lucy on sale at zulily

Race Calendar

Ok kids, it is time for me to actually write down my race calendar to A.) Be accountable for what I am running and B.) Find my free weekends so I can look for some more races ;)

April 27, 2014- Big Sur 9 Miler

May 4, 2014- OC Half Marathon

May 25, 2014- Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon

June 1, 2014- Diva Half Marathon San Francisco (haven’t registered yet, but will most likely be running this)

June 28, 2014- The San Jose Giant 5 Miler

June 29, 2014- Sharks Fitness Faceoff 5k

July 27, 2014- San Francisco Half Marathon

August 29, 2014- Disneyland 5k

August 30, 2014- Disneyland 10k

August 31, 2014- Disneyland Half Marathon

Sept. 7, 2014- The Giant Race Half Marathon San Francisco

Oct. 12, 2014- Chicago Marathon

Oct. 26, 2014- Marine Corps Marathon (Washington DC)

Nov. 15, 2014- runDisney Avengers 5k

Nov. 16, 2014- runDisney Avengers Half Marathon

Nov. 30, 2014- Space Coast Half Marathon

I feel like I’m missing one?  Will I be seeing any of you at any of these fabulous races?