Cowtown Half Marathon

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Sometimes I get really fabulous ideas and usually, they involve entry fees and training, as my +1 has quickly learned. :) I decided that since I turn 40 this year, I wanted to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. Only there was a small problem...I didn't have a qualifying time. It used to be that you could just sign up and do the race, but not anymore. Now, you have to have a qualifying run and for me that meant I needed a half-marathon under 2 hours and 25 minutes. So what did I do? I … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing Gear

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Last month I spent a weekend snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had so many people ask me questions about preparing for my trip, that I thought I would dedicate a post to it. It may seem kind of simple at first but depending on the length of the hike, the conditions and of course, YOUR conditioning, you want to be prepared. Snowshoes First and foremost, you need snowshoes. You can rent them, borrow them from a friend or venture out to your local outdoor store and purchase a … [Read more...]

A Simple Start to a Healthier Me

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I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #LoveHealthyMe #wwsponsored Reality kicked in a few weeks ago and it kicked me hard. In fact, I was kicked and sucker punched and I didn't like it one bit. No one likes to hear the news that your friend has died from a massive heart … [Read more...]

Natural Beauty Begins with Good Skin Care Products

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #WalgreensBeauty shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. I am a skin care junkie. Sitting in my bathroom I have thousands of dollars with of skin care products that are meant to prevent, protect or correct my skin. Luckily for me, I work in dermatology so I get my products comp'd (such a beautiful word) or deeply discounted.I know not everyone has the … [Read more...]

Online Yoga Classes with MyYogaWorks

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. There is a small part of me (OK, a large part of me) that hates to admit when I'm wrong, especially when it comes to acknowledging and accepting the limitations of my body. For the past 2-3 months I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis and as much as I'd like to deny it, it's only getting worse. … [Read more...]

Tracking my Steps with FitBit Flex and Moto X

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a Moto X™ phone and Fitbit Flex to facilitate my review. What to see something scary? Track the number of steps you take when you work from home. It's embarrassing but it's also eye-opening. When I realized how little I was moving during the day, I made it my personal challenge to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. From less than 5,000 (I won't embarrass myself and tell you the actual … [Read more...]

The Key to Clear Communication: The Bean

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Etymotic (The Bean). I received a product to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Today is a bittersweet day. After 9 years of marriage, my divorce is final. I'm over shedding tears. That happened a long time ago. Now, my focus is moving onto the next chapter in my life. When I look back on our relationship, one struggle we had was communication. When I say he didn't hear what I had … [Read more...]

Heal Chapped Lips with Aquaphor

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Disclosure: Thank you to Aquaphor for sponsoring this post and helping me heal my chapped lips!  Regardless, opinions are 100% mine and yours may differ. I knew fall was just around the corner when I started biting my lips. Yes my friends, I am one of those people who is constantly chewing on their lips. My lips are always horrendously dry so when they start to peel, I start to bite. It's a disgusting habit and one that I'm not proud of but I guess it's better than other habits I could have. … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Run On with Answers at Walgreens

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Some people consider me a runner, heck there are days that I even consider myself a runner, but lately I've been doing more walking because my hip has been flaring up. The logical, rational part of me says I need to go to a doctor and figure out what's going on but then the emotional side of me knows the answer. I'll probably be told to take up yoga or something else that doesn't put pressure on my joints. I'm not the yoga type. Breathing deeply does not calm me. What calms me is lacing up my … [Read more...]

5 Sun Safety Tips

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat where I shared my sun safety tips. I received product samples and promotional item as a thank you for participating. My daughter has known from a very young age that if she wanted to play outside, she had to apply sunscreen. Working in a dermatology office I know first hand what extensive sun exposure can do to your skin. I've told you before why you should wear sunscreen year round and today, I'm going to tell you … [Read more...]