Friday, September 19, 2014

Five Random Things Friday

Happy Friday!  As usual, I'm linking up with the HeatherKatie, and Clare for Five Things Friday! Check out their great blogs for the fun linkups!!  As always, thank you ladies for hosting! 

Random 5 today:
#1-Last Friday, I was featured on Dawn's Friday Five post on her blog-My Pink Musings.  Each week she features a runner from across the country and has each person answer the below questions.  You can check out my responses to her five questions here.

1. Why do I run?
2. What piece of gear would you not want to be without?
3. Favorite running shoes?
4. Music or no music?
5. Advice for new runners?

What would you answer to the Friday Five?  Pick one, two, or all and let me know in the comments!!

#2-Check out these awesome new Pinterest boards from Girls Gone Sporty.  There is one for fitness and one for food.  Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors get to share their recipes and sure to follow so you can check them out too!!

#3-Fitnessista published her ebook on blogging this week!!  I downloaded my copy yesterday.  I can't wait to dive in and really get into it.  I have skimmed through and there is so much great information.

From Gina herself:

This eBook is for:
• Those who have been blogging consistently for a while, but find themselves at a crossroads for the “next step” with their blog.
• Those who want to figure out how to share their unique voice, story and knowledge (in any field!) to help others.
• Those who are interested in monetizing their blog, networking, and creating partnerships.
This eBook is NOT for:
• Those who don’t have a blog and have no interest in starting one.
• Those who enjoy blogging occasionally for fun, and want to keep the professional aspect out of blogging (which is totally cool).

If you want to get your copy of “Build Up Your Blog,” it’s only $9 right now, and it can be found here!

#4-I know I mentioned this earlier in the week, but I am really excited about my Girls on the Run team.  We had our second practice on Thursday and it was just as fun!!  I'm still working to learn all of their names, but their enthusiasm and spirit is totally inspiring!!

#5-speaking of girls on the run, I've been enjoying our beautiful start to fall weather by running. 60-70 degrees is ideal for me to run in shorts and a tank. I'm loving it!!

Any favorites this week??

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SBC-Thankful Thursday

I started this blog last November, so the very first posts were all about what I am thankful for.  I look back at those posts, and I am thankful that I have come so far and learned so much!!  Today's September Blogging Challenge post is Thankful Thursday.  If you haven't heard about the September Blogging Challenge, head over to Girl Meets Life to check it out.  It's not too late to join in on some of the fun!


So what am I thankful for?  I feel like I have so many things to be thankful!  

I'm thankful for my wonderful and growing family.  
I feel so blessed to have such a great family.  We are all so close and really would do anything for each other...which is how every family should be!   I just happen to be biased with my own. :)

My brother is getting married in December and we absolutely love his fiance.  I'm so excited for their wedding!  

This year, I am getting married (in less than 6 weeks!!) to an amazing man.  He makes me so happy and I can't wait to continue our life together!!

This is one of my favorite pictures from our family vacation last year in Mexico.  It is all of the family and their soon to be spouses.

I'm thankful for my fur kid.  He's the best!  Again-I'm totally biased, but I love the giant lug!

He used to be so tiny!
I am also gaining a whole new side of the family.  They are wonderful-by the way!  I'm a very lucky girl to have amazing soon to be in-laws.  

I can't forget the rest of the family too!!  Last Thanksgiving, I convinced my family to do a 5K.  Everyone was involved.  Some of us ran, some cheered, but everyone had a good time!

I'm thankful for the positive influences in my life.
I love that I have a life grounded in faith and that my faith is supported by those around me.  


I love that I have positive communities such as Sweat Pink, Girls Gone Sporty, and Girls on the Run in my life.  They are such great organizations that promote positivity and striving to reach any goals!  I love the encouragement and inspiration that I receive on social media, at practice and just from the sports community as a whole!

I'm thankful for an amazing group of friends.
I have a fantastic group of friends.  We meet every Thursday for happy hour, we play sports together, run races together, text, email, call...just really keep in touch.  It is nice to have people in your life that you can have fun with, travel with, and count on to be up for any adventure!!

Thrift Shop Party last year...
I'm also thankful for some ridiculous things.
Slowly but surely working on the blog and improving the look, practicality, and purpose.
Trader Joe's-so many great products!!!  I love all of the staples that I buy and finding new treasures when I go.
I am thankful for wine.  I mean-you guys already knew that was coming!!!
I'm thankful for The Knot app.  I would be a mess without it and the wedding would be so disorganized!!
I'm thankful for StitchFix.  Eventually I will get some style.  I really think StitchFix will help!!

I could go on for days about things that I am thankful for.  I want to hear some of yours...What are you thankful for?

Linking up with .spoons. for some Thinking Out Loud today! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Tuesday was a busy day. After work, I headed to Girls on the Run practice.

It was our first practice so we met all of the girls and spent most of the hour and a half getting to know each other. These girls are so great!! So much energy and enthusiasm. They were genuinely disappointed that we didn't run much this practice. We promised that we would get to it during our next practice! 

I squeezed in a 3 mile run after practice. It was too nice outside to resist!! After my quick run, I headed home to make dinner. I love spaghetti squash and I am so happy it is back in season!!

I started with onion, bell pepper, and herbs from my garden. Sautéed in a pan with some garlic infused olive oil. 

I cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. It's so easy. Pierce it all over and throw it in the microwave for 10 minutes or until fully cooked (soft all over). I usually rotate mine half way so that it doesn't sit on one side the whole time. Then I cut it in half and remove the seeds. Shred and set aside. 

I added some jar spaghetti sauce because it's easy and I'm lazy!

And some meatballs that I bought at the store in the frozen section. I used regular Italian meatballs, but you could substitute turkey meatballs to make it even healthier!!

Anyways, throw all together and top with a little Parmesan. Easy, peasy week night dinner!!

It was delicious and really filling!!

Do you have a good spaghetti squash recipe?? Please share!! :)

Just for fun, I'll leave you with this: