A Weekend At Devil’s Lake

This past weekend we took our first family camping trip.   On Saturday morning, we packed up our car and headed to Devil’s Lake for a weekend of tent camping, hiking, and beach fun. On our way up, we made a little pit stop.
IMG_2696Wollersheim is one of my favorite wineries around. As many times as I’ve been to this place, I have yet to take a tour (on our Fall to-do list!)-I’ve only enjoyed the tastings. They offer a free tasting and then you can choose to upgrade to either a white wine tasting or red wine tasting for $3 bucks if you choose. We did our tastings: I chose white and hubs chose red & we shared :-) Madelyn was behaving exceptionally well-I think the homemade grape juice and crayons were keeping her occupied.IMG_2716After our tasting, we took a little walk around the grounds, explored the cave, and then sat and enjoyed some wine, cheese, and summer sausage (only in Wisconsin).
 
 IMG_2717When our time at Wollersheim was up, we headed up to Devil’s Lake to set up camp. It was quite the challenge trying to help hubs with the tent while trying to entertain Madelyn. Enter Goldfish crackers for the win.
IMG_2723That first day camping with a toddler was a little trying. It definitely wasn’t the relaxing camping trips we were used to. We brought stuff for her to do, but she wanted to help build fires and climb on things instead. By the end of the evening, I looked over at hubs and half-jokingly said, “Do you want to go home tomorrow?” Things got a little better once we settled down to roast marshmallows and had Madelyn eat her first s’more.
IMG_2758On Sunday, our teeny, tiny alarm clock woke us up at 6am. Hubs got the campfire going and I cooked breakfast over the fire. I premade an egg scramble at home on Friday night: eggs, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, goat cheese and milk. It worked out perfectly and tasted really good. 
IMG_2767After we were done eating and cleaning up, we ventured down to Devil’s Lake beach area and did a hike around the lake. I carried this not so little bundle on my back for the entire 4 mile hike. 
IMG_2772The terrain on this particular trail is pretty easy. There were a few spots where I had to brace myself and climb up a little, but we made it. Madelyn passed out about half-way through and then woke up about 20 minutes later. We ended our hike at the beach, ate some lunch and played in the sand and water for awhile. Later, we came back to our campsite, took showers and ate an early dinner. To avoid a repeat of antsy toddler syndrome, we headed into “The Dells” and walked around, saw some funny t-shirts, and ate ice cream cones. For the last year Madelyn has been dairy-free. Turns out the issue was actually her adenoids, so we started slowly introducing dairy back into her diet. So far so good and this past weekend she experienced her first ice cream cone. Strawberry for the win.   
IMG_2789On Monday morning we woke up a little later (6:30ish) to a yellow sky, tall blowing trees, and a torrential downpour. My first initial thought is we have to get the hell out of here! I drove Madelyn to the bathroom to change her and get her cleaned up while Larry started gather our belongings up. When I returned, I left Madelyn in the car while I tried to help Larry get stuff together. The rain was coming down even harder and the wind was picking up. I was a nervous wreck and wasn’t much help at all because all I could think about is a tree falling on our car with Madelyn in it. It was like he read my mind as that thought came into my head because a few seconds later he suggested we just leave everything, head into the dells for breakfast and come back when the weather lets up. So we headed to Paul Bunyon’s (in our pajamas) and ate a delicious breakfast of homemade donuts, coffee, eggs and sausage. It definitely hit the spot! I’m so glad we left when we did because on our way into town we saw trees and powerlines down. The storm was pretty bad. It let up a little bit by the time we got back, but we had to put everything away in the rain. Our tent is set up in our backyard drying out as we speak. Overall, it was a great trip and it was nice to create memories and start traditions with Madelyn. We’re soaking up every last bit of summer we can over here!   
 
The Friday before we left, I went on what was apparently a super-sweaty run. Just a quick 4 miles (the heat and humidity got the best of me) and when I looked down at my phone the colors were all distorted. I took it out of my armband case and the screen went blank. I turned it off, took the cover off and removed the battery. I tried the phone in rice trick and by Saturday morning, my screen was on but the touchscreen part of it was not working. The vacation gods forced me to unplug for the weekend (with the exception of 1 Instagram pic) which I am thankful for-it forced me to use our fancy camera. I’m not happy about having to pay for a brand-new phone (we canceled phone insurance a few months ago) but I am happy to have my iPhone back. The galaxy is a good phone but it just wasn’t for me. I also purchased a Lifeproof waterproof case to go with it, you know for all those extra-sweaty runs! ;-)
 
I’ll be back tomorrow with a healthy, camp-friendly meal!!
 
How are you enjoying these last few days of summer? BBQs, baseball games and weddings over here this weekend! 

Weekend Happenings

Happy Tuesday!  I got an extended weekend this week…I’m home sick today :-/  Being sick on a nice, sunny day is the absolute worst.  But I’m taking advantage of having an empty, quiet house by relaxing and catching up on some reading.

This past Sunday, Madelyn and I met my sister and her friend at Colectivo for Maker Market.  We browsed some local vendors and I picked up some handmade soap from Cloud Nine Soap Co.

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This is my first experience with handmade soap and I loved it.  It left my skin feeling super soft and clean.  Added bonus, the soap had a very mild, but pleasant smell to it.  I’m going to definitely check out more of their products next time I come across their stand at a market.

After the market, we headed to Home Depot to get some things for our yard.  I got some hanging flower baskets and hubs got grass seed and straw.  Hopefully, we seeded correctly and we will have grass by this summer!  Our yard has come a LONG way and I’m excited to see it when it’s all finished.  IMG_2624Although we spent a lot of time in the yard this weekend, we also found some time to play at the park!

parkThis little monkey LOVES the park!!  This was the first time that I’ve taken her by myself and I never realized how much she loves to climb!!  She’s pretty brave too :-) We played for awhile and she fell asleep in her stroller on the walk home.  She’s at such a fun age-this summer will be filled with lots of adventures :-)

I’m off to eat some breakfast, drink some juice and hopefully kick this cold!

Kinda like Christmas

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty jam packed over here: birthdays, baseball games and the discovery of a new to me running store…10 minutes from my house {DANGER!}

PROAfter work on Friday, I headed over to Performance Running Outfitters (PRO) to get fitted for running shoes.  Last time I got fitted for shoes was shortly after Madelyn was born.  I kept buying the same pair when the previous ones wore out.  This time, I wanted to talk to a professional because, since training for the marathon, my left calf and heel seem to get really tight after my runs.  The lady who helped me had me do a few exercises and then got me on the treadmill to video record my feet while I ran.  I have neutral pronation, my foot rolls in very slightly as it lands on the ground.  My running form has gotten tremendously better since the last time I got fitted for shoes so the shoes I was running in had much more stability than I actually need anymore.

After running in a few pair of shoes, I decided to go with the Saucony Guide 7…and a pair of Newtons.  I’ve been eyeing up Newton’s since my mom’s friend told me about how much she loved running in hers during the Get Lucky 1/2 Marathon.  I initially went to PRO with every intention on just getting the Newton’s, but because they’re more of a natural running shoe, there’s an adjustment period with them so I needed another shoe to rotate out.  Lucky for me PRO gives a 10% military discount and they also honor Newton’s 20% military discount.  After looking at their website a little bit more, I later found out that the woman who helped me, Jessica, was actually the owner of the store.  She was so nice and down to earth.  I’ll definitely be back for all of my running gear :-)

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Another awesome benefit of shopping at PRO?  For every $200 you spend, you get $25 back to use on your next purchase. I went back the next day and bought this $70 Brooks running jacket for $17.  It was marked down on clearance and I had my $25 to spend.  WIN!

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On Saturday morning, I headed out the door to break in my new Saucony’s.  I did 6 miles, out and back and my legs felt great!  A little sore, but nothing like what I’ve been experiencing.

first6milesI had my route mapped out and kept an eye on my pace the whole time.  That was the first time I focused on my pace as opposed to the distance, and I think it worked out well for me :-)

After I was done running, I had a bunch of errands to get to(including heading back to the running store!) for someone’s birthday!! Larry turned 30 this weekend and we were having a little party at our house to celebrate him.  I purchased cupcakes from Miss Cupcake and a dozen vegan cupcakes from Classy Girl cupcakes.  I picked out the “manliest” cupcakes I could find: Beer Nuts, Stout, and Maple Bacon.  The vegan cupcakes were banana with chocolate-Madelyn LOVED them and all weekend I kept hearing a little voice saying, “cupcake, cupcake!”

cupcakesHubs knew about his party, so I surprised him with an awesome gift…Cubs VS Red Sox in BOSTON!!! We’ll be heading to Beantown at the end of June and I can’t wait!  We haven’t boarded a plane for a trip since our honeymoon three years ago.  He was really excited as well.

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After the party, we headed out to the bars for a little bit and then woke up in the morning to get to the Brewers/Cubs game.

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Note the water in Larry’s hand :-) We just can’t hang like we used to…nor do I want to :-)

It was a great weekend with awesome friends and family.  30 looks good on him if I must say so myself ;-)

I’m excited to break in my Newtons.  I think I’ll take those for a little spin on the treadmill tomorrow!

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear to go shopping for?  Nothing beats a good pair of shoes and a supportive sports bra!

Clean house, Happy House

Happy Monday Friends!  Did everyone enjoy a long weekend?  I feel like weekends are never long enough.  I had Friday off of work.  Instead of doing something fun and enjoying the day, Madelyn went to daycare and I went to a quick workout class and then home to clean.  It’s much easier to do a deep cleaning when there isn’t a toddler running around destroying everything in her path.  After 5+ hours of cleaning, I promised myself that I would never spend a Friday off of work cleaning again.  Enter the long awaited chore chart.  cleanhousehappyhouse

I’m surprised this wasn’t done sooner.  But it is here and I’m really hoping that it works, because spending your whole day cleaning is zero fun.

Also done this weekend?  My longest run since the Chicago Marathon.  After the marathon, I look a very long, much needed break from running.  It was nice to casually get back into it and run for fun not because I had to.  I had been keeping it around 3 or 4 miles each run, mostly because that’s all I could muster for the treadmill.  But on Saturday, I was feeling really good and I just kept going.

5miler5 miles done.  Now to increase my mileage and get ready for a half marathon in March.

Here’s what’s on the workout and dinner schedule this week:

Monday: Barre & leftovers from date night in (Recipe coming this week!)

Tuesday: Easy 3 miles/pasta with italian sausage, veggies and sauce

Wednesday: Barre/roasted chicken and butternut squash

Thursday: Run 3.5 + core / Fish tacos and beans

Friday: Much needed rest day! No set dinner plans.

I’m off to go get dinner prepared for Madelyn and then to get studying for my NASM test.  I hope everyone has a good week!

What’s the one household chore you hate the most?  Mine would be cleaning the shower!  Luckily, I came across a very helpful pin that will hopefully make it less painless.

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Happy Sunday!!  Who’s ready for a Packers/Bears Showdown hashtag fighttothedeath?  We are!  Unfortunately though, we live in a house divided and someone is going to be very sad at the end of the game…hopefully it’s hubs :-) I can’t wait to watch the return of Aaron Rodgers and cheer on my Packers!

So last night, 6 of my girlfriends and I celebrated our 18th Girls Christmas together.  I was talking to someone at work about this and they were amazed.  “How is that even possible? You’re not old enough!”  Well we’ve been doing this since we were in 6th grade, so yes it is possible :-)  Normally, we get together at someone’s house sit around and eat, drink and gossip.  This year I volunteered to host and decided to mix things up a bit.

There’s a place in the village of Tosa called Artè that I’ve been wanting to try out and thought it would be so fun to go to for girls night.  The concept behind Artè is that you “drink until it looks good”.  Painting & drinking-a winning combination :-)

We started out at my house with tons of appetizers and Christmas Sangria.  Afterward, we headed out to our painting class.  This place is so cool.  When you first walk in they have a separate part where you can just go and paint a little canvas and sit with some drinks (a fun place for a date night!).  In the back area of the bar is where they have the class.  The instructor takes you step by step to create your canvas work of art.

arte1 arte2 arte3It was a lot easier than I had anticipated and was really happy with the way that it turned out.  I had so much fun with my girls and I see a fun little date night in mine and Larry’s future :-)

With the New Year coming up, I’m trying to get back on track with healthy eating.  These past few weeks have been so tough with the holidays!  Tina over at Carrots N Cake has started an 8 week Get Healthy Stay Healthy.  Each week, she posts a new challenge to follow for the week.  This week’s challenge is to keep a food journal.  This is a big one for me since I feel like I have a good base as far as working out goes.  The food part is always the hardest for me when it comes to losing/maintaining weight.  I’ve always found that if I keep track (whether is just writing it down, counting calories/weight watchers points) of what I’m eating, I have better control over my weight and I make more conscientious choices.  So today, I started tracking what I’m eating over at MyFitnessPal (my username is MLC1102 if you want to join me!).

Sunday: Rest day/Game day…no dinner plans
Monday: Barre Bee & Run 3.5 miles + Chili
Tuesday: Last Blast of 2013 Bootcamp Style workout +NYE soiree at my sister’s house
Wednesday: Barre Bee (gotta start the new year off right!) + Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday: Run +Gym workout with my mom :-) + Fish/veggies
Friday: Barre Bee & Run

Lil’ Champ + Erin Condren Giveaway Winner

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Ours was very good, but first things first.  We have a winner for the Erin Condren $25 gift card.  Lucky #6:

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Which is CLopez84, who says: I make lists per day and cross them off as I do them, I also sometimes add them to my inotes. Also, I do grocery shopping with preset recipes in my mind so I can meal prep and no food goes to waste.

Congrats! And please send me your information at healthytidbitsblog@gmail.com.

Our weekend was a good one.  Went to Barre Bee Fit and tried out a new class: barre-dio interval.  What a workout!

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I’ve now tried all three classes that the Milwaukee studio offers (barre bee, Interval Barre, and Barre-dio Interval) and I can’t really decided which one is my favorite. I’ve loved them all and have yet to take a “bad” class here.  The instructors have been wonderful and the workouts have been extremely effective.  I leave class with weak muscles and a “good sore”.  Next week I’m scheduled for my first back to back class: Barre-dio interval followed by barre…I hope that I don’t die!

Besides working out, we celebrated my BFF’s daughter’s first birthday and took Madelyn to see Santa and to get some baby bling:

babyblingShe was a champ for both!  No tears for Santa (more like, “who is this man??”) and very little tears for her ears.  The key to that was having a cookie on hand to give her.  She maybe cried for 10 seconds.  I wasn’t too worried since she handles shots like a champ.  High pain tolerance like her mama :-) I have been debating for a very long time whether or not to pierce her ears as a baby or wait until she’s old enough to decided.  Her ears were just so cute the way they were, I didn’t want to “damage” them.  Now that I finally bit the bullet and just went with it, I’m glad that I did.  She looks adorable in her little studs.

Here’s what’s on the menu & workout schedule for this week:

Monday: Barre + treadmill workout.  This Turkey Chili

Tuesday: Weights at the gym/Salmon with sweet potatoes & kale

Wednesday: Treadmill run + Barre.  Leftover Chicken Noodle soup.

Thursday: 1.5 mile run timed (PT test prep!) Dinner is tentative. Going to a Gluten-free cookie exchange.

Friday: Rest Day. Eat out/Dine in :-)

What’s on the menu for you this week? Any fun work outs or cookie exchanges?

Cold Weather Running

How is the weekend over already?  Normally, I have Mondays off, but with the Thanksgiving holiday and wanting to have off on Friday, I am adjusting my work schedule a little bit and having an extra long weekend :-)

This weekend was another packed one.  On Friday, I went out with my sister and our wedding photographer/friend.  We ate some good food and went and listened to a band at The Knick.  On Saturday, Larry and I participated in the ‘Stache Dash 5k in Hart Park.  We finished in 28:26.  The freezing cold weather was our motivator.
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Bloody Marys before the run…a little pre-race fueling ;-)

This race was the run that I think set the tone for the upcoming winter season.  I used to HATE running in the cold.  My lungs would burn, I could barely breathe…it was awful.  But last year after having Madelyn, something changed.  I don’t know if I was playing catch up from not being able to run while I was pregnant, but I started to run past November (usually a turkey trot would be the last outside run for me) and well into December and January.  Something about completing a run in the bitter cold is very empowering, once you get past the initial shock of cool air.

The most important thing about running comfortably in the winter is proper clothing.  The first thing you need is a base layer.
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My base layer is from the Champion line at Target.  Nothing fancy.  Just make sure that it’s moisture wicking/dry fit.  Whatever you do, avoid cotton.  Sweaty cotton=cold cotton and that’s no good.  The thumb holes really help to keep the shirt sleeves in place.

Next, you’ll need a mid-layer.
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I chose my Under Armour Wounded Warrior project hoodie.  I got this last year from hubs for Christmas.  I usually splurge a little more on quality mid-layers because they are also great to wear alone for Fall weather runs.

And because the weather was in the teens on Saturday, I wore a running jacket over my hoodie.
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This was another C9 Target purchase.  It’s waterproof and blocks the wind fairly well, but I do want to look for something a little thicker.  I saw a few women with running jackets this past Saturday that looked really warm.

Pants are another item worth investing in.  For this particular run, I wore my New Balance Windblocker tight.  In temperatures below 30, I wouldn’t wear any other pants.  They are amazing.  I also own a pair of lululemon fleece lined running tights, but these definitely take the cake when it comes to blocking wind and staying warm.

And of course you have your hat/ear warmers and techie gloves :-) I will admit, Saturday’s run was a tough one for me.  I was already toying with the idea of just calling it off on Friday.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the wind.  The start of the run was the worst, and once I got past that 1 mile mark things got a little better but a hot shower never felt so good.

After the race, I rewarded myself to a trip to the new Athleta at Bayshore to pick up something cute to wear for a fun, special event that I’m participating in on Tuesday :-) Check back for more details on that.

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So cold weather runningYay or nay?  Do you bundle up and hit the pavement or are you a treadmill runner in the winter?