Under Construction!

Good morning everyone! Today is a short post, but I just wanted to let everyone know that blog is currently under a major makeover today! I’m still in the process of importing previous posts onto the new layout and getting everything sqaured away! I’m hoping everything will be completed by the end of this week, but appreciate everyone’s patience! See you soon, and on a fancy new blog!

July Stridebox Review!

Hello and happy Tuesday! My July edition of Stridebox arrived in the mail yesterday! If you are unfamiliar with Stridebox, it is essentially a monthly subscription where runner enthusiasts receive sample sizes of pre and post run snacks, and few little running accessories. Feel free to learn more by checking out their website, or my past reviews. Let’s see what I got this month!

This month’s box included:

  • Mediterra – Sesame Energy Bar – Pistachio Honey
  • Hüma – Chia Energy Gel – Lemonade
  • Purps – Vita Drink – Purple Berry
  • Dermasport- Skincare for Athletes – Varety Pack
  • Rock Tape – Kinesiology Tape and Application Guide
  • Salba Chia – Boost – Whole Chia Seeds
  • GU Tab – Watermelon
  • Youth Infusion – Tangerine
  • Water Bottle

Most pumped about trying:

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My adorable new water bottle! The print on this bottle reads “Life is better when you’re running”, and I wholeheartedly agree. It holds about 17 oz, and car cup holder friendly, making it perfect as a hydration tag-a-long for when you’re out and about. Stridebox sent me a water bottle last summer that I still love and use today, so keep it coming you guys!

I am wary about trying:

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Energy gels taste like space food to me, and they never go down smooth. I can semi handle the GU packets, but the flavor HAS to be salted watermelon. That being said, a lemonade flavored energy gel with chia seed bits doesn’t sound to appetizing to me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It appears to be gluten free and vegan friendly, which I appreciate, but on a long run I don’t care if the ingredients are jet fuel and radioactive waste, as long as it gets me through to the end.

Obsessed with the name:

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This name is ridiculous, but the drink is delicious! I tried it out this morning, and it tastes just like Grape Kool-Aid! Grape Kool-Aid was my jam as a kid, but my family hated it so we rarely ever had it. We also rarely ever had Kool-Aid because I adamant that we skip the sugar so the drink could be extra sour (I was a difficult roommate as a child). This drink is the creation of surfer dude Kelly Slater, who I think is bffs with Jack Johnson so that’s cool. The drink mix is a concoction of vitamins, minerals, and natural fruits, and I’m definitely Amazon-ing (an official verb) this to look for more!

  • Mainly just sold on the packaging:

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Chia seeds are chia seeds. I don’t think you can upgrade them in any such way. I am big supporter of throwing chia seeds into anything and everything for a tasteless boost of fatty acids or Omega-3, and I am also big supporter of the Chia Pet, so really this is the most versatile product of all time. I feel like I am about to go into a whole schpeal on how great Chia Pets were, but let me go ahead and stop myself and get back to the point. I just loved the cute single serve packaging. I popped it into my breakfast smoothie this morning, and it did it’s normal chia seed job!

All in all I really like this box! I am so excited about the water bottle (my water bottle collection is out of control), as well as all of my new run snacks. Are any of you subscribed to a runners themed or health themed box? Let’s discuss!

Brews, Booze and Running.

Hello and happy Monday! On a scale of 1 to 10, how ready are you for another work week? I don’t think I am even registering on the scale today. My pattern of crappy sleep returned this weekend, thus making waking up this Monday morning ultra difficult. Let’s hope my sleep schedule regulates itself by tonight, because I 100% do not want to deal with being exhausted all week! Waking up at 4 am and watching International House Hunters aside, let’s recap this weekend, shall we?

  • Friday

Grapevine Brewery

Friday night Jake and I ventured to the opening of Grapevine Brewery in downtown Grapevine! The place was wall to wall with people, but while it was crazy crowded, the general vibe of the evening seemed to be chill and fun. On tap for the evening was Lakefire (rye pale ale), Monarch (American wheat), Sir Williams (English brown ale), and Night Watch (oatmeal stout), as well as few other seasonal selections, but I couldn’t quite catch the names from where we were standing (sorry!). I opted for Lakefire, while Jake tried out the Monarch.

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Both were great, and Jake and I decided we will definitely be back for more! We’ ll probably wait a week or two for the crowds to simmer so we can really enjoy the place. Thankfully due to it’s location we could easily pop in and hang out after a dinner on Main Street, so I foresee a lot of beer in my future this summer…

  • Saturday

Saturday morning my Dad and I ran the Sweat for Sangria Foodie 5k in Southlake, and it was so much fun! It was hosted by Social Running, a casual group of runners in the DFW area, and they were super friendly and put on a really organized and fun run for us all! The run started in Southlake Town Center, through a nearby neighborhood, and ended at Campania Pizza, where at the finish we were treated to sangria, pizza and caesar salads! I opted for just a glass on sangria, and it proved to be the best post race treat of all time.

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After getting mildly day drunk and cleaning up, we headed up to my grandparent’s place to help with some yard work. Oh, and be “we”, I mean my Dad and Jake, and I played with the dogs the whole time. Once we were home I immediately got started on another Blue Apron meal! Saturday’s course included cornmeal crusted catfish, cucumber tomato salad, and remoulade creamy potatoes!

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Excuse the fine china I used, but everything was delicious! I am becoming quite the fan of this Blue Apron service, let me tell ya. I’m hoping to make the remainder of the meals tonight and tomorrow, so be on the lookout for those!

  • Sunday

Sunday morning my Dad ran the Too Hot to Handle 5k in Dallas, but I’m an idiot and didn’t take any photos to document the event. You’ll just have to take my word for it that it happened! The race was quite literally Too Hot to Handle, as I found myself to basically be a wrung out dishrag by the end of the race. After heading home and cleaning up, I made my to the grocery store, and then to NTB for my idiot car to be checked out since the bulb light came on earlier that weekend. Turns out all bulbs are working just fine, it’s just my car who thought it would be fun to go in while I waited for over in hour in a waiting room with a TV set to the all consuming hell that is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Thanks car!!!

And that was my super 5k filled and ridiculous Saturday and Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I shall catch you all tomorrow. Hopefully with another Blue Apron review!

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Friday Finds

Hello and happy Friday! After what has felt like a molasses paced week, we have finally made it to Friday! The only downside is that after taking an intense Pilates and yoga mix of classes this week, my arms are so sore that I can’t raise them over my head. Let’s hope this weekend doesn’t call for any high fiving, waving, or a 90’s throwback dance party where I am called to “raise the roof”. Thankfully all activities I have planned for this weekend involve very little arm movement. Tonight Jake and I are going to the opening of the Grapevine Craft Brewery that is opening in, well, Grapevine! Tonight they’ll be having live music, food trucks, and of course, beer. I’m really excited to try their selection, and watch Jake geek out over beer. I don’t know anything about beer except that there is alcohol in it, so maybe I’ll learn something tonight. Who knows?! Tomorrow and Sunday I have two different races lined up. Saturday I’ll be running the Sweat for Sangria 5k in Southlake, where after the race we’ll be treated to sangria and pizza! It’s a social run, so I’m thinking it will be a smaller group of people, which I normally prefer for 5ks (less tripping over people)! Then on Sunday I am running the Too Hot to Handle 5k  in Dallas! This will be my third year running this race and I am super pumped because this race normally gives out tank tops rather than t-shirts. A weird thing to be pumped about, but hey it doesn’t take much for me. Expect to see some race recaps on those come Monday, but in the mean time, let’s review some Friday Finds!

  • Breakfast Smoothies

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You may recall a couple months ago when I posted about my holy grail breakfast staple, but this week I changed things up a bit. After getting a little tired of eggs every morning, I thought I’d switch it up to a smoothie! I swap out the fruit every now and then, but here’s what I’ve been sticking to this week:

  • 1 whole banana (sliced)
  • 1 cup of strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of  unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed meal
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Don’t let the flax seed meal and chia seeds throw you off! When blended it all tastes very “breakfast-y” and delicious! I’m also crediting the flax seed meal for keep me full until lunch time. I haven’t heard a growl from my stomach from the hours of 6 am to when I normally take lunch at 11 am!

  • Cucumber Noodle Spaghetti

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Wow this is a food heavy Friday Finds this week! Last night I thought I’d get a little creative with my dinner and get my fair share of vegetables in, and whipped up some cucumber noodle spaghetti! It was super simple and I was able to multi-task the cooking with preparing my lunch for today. Here’s what I used:

  • One whole cucumber, sliced thinly as possibly. If you have a mandolin slicer, use that because you are fancy and it works better.
  • Favorite pasta sauce
  • Chopped garlic
  • A sprig of arugula as a garnish to make it look like I’ve done this before.

I cooked the noodles, sauce, and garlic on a saucepan at medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. I wanted to make the cucumber noodles as a soft as possible so I could achieve the fork twirl effect I would normally get with pasta spaghetti, and it worked! I super recommend this if haven’t tried it out already. It was so much fun to make, and is a carb friendly option to regular spaghetti!

  • New hairbrush

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Normally I don’t care much about hairbrushes, they all do the same thing for me, but good lord did I need a new one. I’ve been rocking my Wet Brush for nearly two years now, and while I love it, it is prone to getting fuzz and other junk in it (which is not coming from my hair, leading me to believe my cats use it when I’m not around), and it is near impossible to get out. That being said, I parused Amazon the other day for a new brush, and stumbled upon the Oval Wood Bristle Brush by Bass Brushes. It is made from 100% bamboo (sorry pandas), and the wooden bristles are supposed to help stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth. That last part may be a bunch of black magic nonsense, but I will say the bristles feel a lot like a head massage, so I am loving it!

  • Cold Brew Coffee

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Okay this one isn’t so much a “find” as it is a “I super want to try this!” I read that Starbucks recently released cold brew coffee on their menus, and after reading up on the taste and benefits of cold brew coffee, I really want to try it! What makes cold brew different from regular coffee? Well according this article from the Washington Post:

…the cold-brew process swaps piping hot water for room-temperature water, and requires grounds to steep for up to 24 hours.

What results is a batch of coffee — which can be served iced or heated — that’s much less bitter than coffee brewed the traditional way. According to a study conducted by Intertek in 2005, cold-brewed coffee contains about 65 percent less acidity than coffee brewed in hot water, making it a viable alternative for sensitive stomachs.

I have normally had to be careful with coffee in the past due to it upsetting my stomach, so this sounds like the perfect match for me! I’m hoping to swing by Starbucks tomorrow morning and give this a go, but I also read that the brewery Jake and I are visiting tonight makes their own as well! If I can get my hands on some tonight, and try out Starbucks this weekend, I’ll be sure to fill you all in on a compare and contrast! Have any of you tried cold brew coffee? Was it good? Did it ruin your life?

That’s it for this week! Also, you may have noticed I didn’t have a book to review this week’s post. I am taking my time on Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance” because I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchmen’ this coming week! You can for sure expect a review on that one! Well, I’m off to go try some craft beer and food truck tacos. I hope you all have an awesome weekend and I’ll catch up with you Monday!

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#tbt VIII

Hello and welcome back to another edition of #tbt, where I dig up wacky photos of my childhood and attempt to make sense of the situation! Today’s photo takes place at a classic childhood event, field day! For any of you who may have been home-schooled, or went to the school from Matilda, field day was basically the Olympics for kids.Classic events included: potato sack races, tire flipping (was this a precursor to Crossfit??), tug-of-war, and relay races. Being it that I was horrifically underweight most of my childhood (often knocked down by small breezes or a sneeze), I contributed absolutely nothing to these athletic events. One would think that being small that maybe that I could at least run fast. Sadly, that was not case. It probably didn’t help that my diet at the time was sour straws and Capri Sun, but that is neither here nor there. Thankfully there is photographic evidence of me truly exemplifying the Coldplay lyric, “When you try your best but you don’t succeeeeeed”, during a relay race. Thanks to my mom, my last place finish will live on forever!

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OOTD:

  • Lululemon
  • Or jersey knit jorts and a t-shirt two sizes too big.

Hair:

  • Down and blowing in the wind probably with the hopes of looking effortless, but ending up with the beginnings of a bird’s nest by the end of the day.

Pose:

  • Wounded giraffe.

Makeup:

  • None, just the sign of crushing defeat wiped over my face.

Setting:

  • Local high school football field, when during the summer months, smells like melted Tupperware.

Little did I know that nearly 15 years later I would end up love running, but I am probably still running at the same pace I am in that photo…and that’s okay! Hopefully I still don’t look like I have utterly resigned to life and can no longer go on (I do). Did any of you participate in a field day or something like it as a kid, and if so did you have any ridiculous activities? I still can’t get over that my school was having a bunch of 6-8 years old kids lifting and pushing over tractor tires. We weren’t even treated to creatine shakes afterwards.

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Mallory’s Summer Bucket List – July!

Hello and happy Wednesday! It’s half way through the work week you guys. We’re almost there. This week seems to be trudging along pretty slowly, probably because of the (#blessed) three day weekend from the holiday. Can we implement four day work weeks in the office every week? Question of the day, would you prefer to have Friday or Monday off of every week? I would choose Friday for no other reason than I like how not crowded places (particularly the gym) is on Friday mornings. Last Friday I had off from work I was able to get in a doctor’s appointment, walk the dog, go to the gym, and grocery store all before 12 pm, and then I had the rest of the day to just chill out! Ah, what a foreign luxury.

Well speaking of nothing (I’m real good at segues), remember last summer’s Dumb Summer Bucket List? No? You’re new? Oh that’s okay. It was essentially a list of activities/goals I wanted to accomplish for summer of 2014. Some goals were achieved (new job, yoga wristband), while others were not (curse you fishtail braid!!!). Now that we are back in the swing of summer, I thought it would be fun to draw up a new list of goals! I’m thinking I can start making this a monthly thing? I figured if I put my goals out there then that holds me accountable and if I suck at it you guys can yell at me? Let’s do this July 2015!

  • Do the splits!
Me at the end of July.

Me at the end of July.

I mentioned this in last week’s Friday Finds, but I really want to be able to do the splits by the end of this month! With the exception of the 4th of July (didn’t feel like doing anything besides sleeping after all the festivities), I have practiced the recommended stretches for 10-15 minutes a day, and last night I attempted the side splits and I got really close! I’m hoping being able to do the splits will benefit me in my yoga practice as well, especially with tricky leg lift poses. If any of you are interested in the stretches I’ve been doing, check out this super handy pose list created by Blogilates/Cassey Ho!

  • Make a variety of running playlists
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Everything about this is embarrassing.

This one may sound dumb, but I am currently using one super long running playlist on my iTunes that hasn’t been update in months, and I am super bored with it. I’d like to have a different playlist for different kinds of runs. Angry run. Happy run. Gym run. Weekend run. I’ve got the runs run (jk jk jk). Currently I have a playlist of 80 songs, some of which include Christmas music (specifically the N’SYNC Christmas album. Side note remember that music video where they sing to fake homeless people? I miss the 90’s), so I think it’s time to change it up a bit. Got any suggestions??

  • Create a capsule wardrobe

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I’ve been mulling over this idea for a couple weeks now, but after reading Run Eat Repeat’s post on the subject yesterday, I really want to give this a go! A capsule wardrobe is basically cycling between 35-40 options in your existing wardrobe (shoes included). The goal is to cut out the pieces you no longer wear, and simplify your selection. It’s also a great opportunity to rummage through clothes for donations! I sorta kinda got started on this last weekend when I went through old t-shirts to donate, but I have yet to touch my work wardrobe. I’ll save that project for this weekend. Updates to follow if this will affect my Stitch Fix subscription. Spoiler alert, it won’t.

Okay I think three goals is a good starting off point. They seem doable, right? Let’s check back on these at the end of July and see if I bossed them all. Feel free to share any of your goals/bucket list items for the month in the comments!

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Myspace Survey: Love & Other Junk

I was feeling relatively uninspired when it came time to write today’s post, but once I remembered how much I had pretending it was 2006 and filling out Myspace surveys a few weeks ago, I figured it was time to do it again! Today’s survey is all things “love” related, so you know it’s going to be 100% absurd given that these questions were probably compiled by a group of  pre-teens in a passive aggressive attempt to get their crush to read their bulletin (remember bulletins!?!?). Let’s see how ridiculous this is…

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1) Single, Taken, or Crushing

  • Taken, but I like the term “crushing” because I just imagine someone Hulk smashing another person because they don’t know what to do with their feelings.

2) Are you happy with who you are?

  • Well this took a turn, but yes.

3) When you meet the right person, do you fall fast?

  • I once thought the “right person” was Taylor Hanson, and that escalated quickly! So, yes.

4) Have you ever had your heart broken?

  • When Taylor Hanson got married.

5) Do you believe that there are certain circumstances where cheating is ok?

  • Unless the third party is Jude Law, then no.

6) Would you ever take someone back if they cheated on you?

  • That depends. Did I get a horse or a castle as part of the apology? Or both?!?!!

7) Have you talked about marriage with another person?

  • I once told Jake that if we ever get married I would like Chipotle to cater our wedding, and that’s about the extent of the conversation.

8) Do you want children?

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9) How many?
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10) Would you consider adoption?

  • A cat? Yes.

11) If somebody liked you right now, what do you think is a cool way to let you know?

  • Morse code.

12) Do you enjoy playing hard to get?

  • If by hard to get you mean “never telling anyone your feelings because that’s gross”, then yes.

13) Be honest, do you play the “game” when you are dating?

  • Jake and I play the Life board game on his phone a lot when we go out to eat. Does that count?

14) Do you believe love at first sight exists?

  • I have never seen Jude Law in person, but yeah I guess.

15) Are you romantic?

  • I have made a few mix CDs in my day, so yes.

16) Do you believe that you can change someone?

  • If I have learned anything Divorce Court, no, no you cannot!

17) If you could get married anywhere, money not an object, where would it be?

  • At Chipotle, but the reception would be at Skatetown.

18) Do you have feelings for someone right now?

  • YEAH I GUESS.

19) Have you ever wished you could’ve had someone but you couldn’t?

  • Wasn’t that the point of high school, or?

20) Have you ever broken a heart?

  • That’s a laugh!

21) Would you ever fight somebody over your significant other?

  • Jake knows I have the upper body strength of two angel hair pasta, so hopefully he never puts me in the position to have someone in his honor.

22) What would you say about your last ex?

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Oh Myspace surveys, you always deliver! I’m pretty sure I took this same quiz in 2005, but answered it honestly like a moron. I recently tried to log in to my old Myspace, but they changed the format to the point where it’s impossible to retrieve any old photos or posts. Thanks a lot, Tom! It’s probably for the best though. The amount of second hand embarrassment and cringing I would experience from old selfies and ridiculous bulletins would be too much. Is there a photoshopped of myself and John Mayer out there? Yes, yes there is, but 17 year old Mallory was ALL about it and I’m sorry.

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