Halloween and Healdsburg Wine Country

Halloween is next week and the wine country has something special going on.  The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon presented by Destination Races.  If you are familiar with any of the DR races, you know they produce some amazing weekend events.  Come on out the weekend of Halloween and join us for a 5k or half marathon. Are you looking for a fun way to end your race season?  Do you like running in costume?  What a fun way to do a family activity, bring the kids.  Dress up in your favorite costume or not.  Come trick or treat adult style and sip wines from the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley, while getting your groove on to live music at the finish line. Destination Races is offering some spooktacular deals on registration. Save $15 on the half marathon with discount code …..HRCHB15  Save $5 on 5k registration with discount code…  Read More…

Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2015

Running has been a daily steady routine for me the past few months.  After my last half marathon this past summer, I knew I had to get prepared for my next one, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon here in San Francisco.  This is a race that has been on my run “wish list” for a few years now and I had hoped to be one of the lucky “golden ticket” winners to get chosen via the lottery.  As luck would have it, I had been invited to run this amazing race via Nike and Six:02.  The Nike Women’s Half has been popular for years and it has an enormous amount of runners from all over traveling to San Francisco to attend.  With an expectation of over 30,000 runner’s this year,  I have no doubt this will be an experience of a lifetime. Nike is changing things up a bit this…  Read More…

Nike Training and Running Thoughts

I am a week away from the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  My very first time running this popular and highly anticipated race.  I have run half marathons before, heck this will be my fifth one.  I have been training on and off for months, I have been taking Pure Barre classes religiously in order to help strengthen my core and legs.  So why on earth is the Nike so scary for me?  Is it because I will be spending an entire weekend attending activities and workouts prior to race day?  Is it because this race has an estimated 30,000 runners {not 3,000}?  Is it because I have no idea what to expect, as I have not headed to the city and checked out the route?  Is it because I know I am going to be taking on some major hills?  I can keep second guessing myself all week long and…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date October

Happy Fall finally and good Saturday morning to all of you.  We are here this morning to get together for our monthly coffee chat, or maybe a pumpkin spice latte chat.  Whatever your choice, welcome.  Be sure to head on over and visit my co-hosts Deborah and Coco. ♥ If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have three {3} half marathons in the next few weeks.  WHAT?  Yes, yes I do and now that I am reading this and saying it out loud in my head, I am thinking that I am totally off my rocker.  How did this happen?  When did I think I was going to take on so much running in such a short amount of time?  I’m not ready for all these, am I?  I have been really stepping up the Pure Barre classes, so I know I am feeling core strong,…  Read More…

Taking Your Vitamins the “Smarty Pants” Way

*I received product from Smarty Pants with my affiliation with Fit Approach.  My thoughts and review are my own. Eat right, drink plenty of water and take your vitamins.  How many times have we said that to our children or have heard it ourselves and been doing that for years?  Eating healthy and really making a point of adding the freshest of foods to our diet is so key to all things well being.  Our bodies, our mind, our moods, our skin, teeth, hair, nails.  Everyday just feeling good comes from taking care of ourselves and adding vitamins to a daily routine is something we can incorporate along with healthy diet. With Smarty Pants Vitamins, I am able to have a complete multi vitamin for adults. Full Multivitamin Eco-Friendly Omega 3’s Vitamins D3 & B12 With the travel pack, I can make taking my vitamins even easier.  They are already…  Read More…

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Halloween Fun

Destination Races has done it again, another amazing race weekend is approaching and right here in wine country.  The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon is this Halloween and what an awesome way to spend that morning.  Ditch the candy and let’s have some wine! You are not ready to run a half marathon?  No problem, register for the 5k and start at the Mazzocco Winery and finish the run at Trentadue Winery.  Have some fun and wear a costume, bring the kids.  What a great way to start their morning off.  You can trick or treat from winery to winery just beyond the finish line.  Enjoy running through a most beautiful wine region.  Fall is in the air and the colors are amazing right now.  The town of Healdsburg is a favorite of ours.  Small, quaint and full of wonderful shopping, wine tasting and amazing restaurants. Head on out for…  Read More…

Pure Barre and Running

By now most of us {I assume} has heard of Pure Barre.  The workout using the ballet bar, that cute little red ball, that looks similar to the red bounce ball we played with on the school yard {only smaller} and the stretching bands.  Yep, that’s the one.  Well I am a HUGE fan of Pure Barre and I have been incorporating the workout with my running for over a year now.  Wow, what a difference. Benefits of Pure Barre for running … {my version} Stamina Stronger core Arm strength while using when running Killer calf muscles Ankles {finally} Lean legs Toned Strong hamstrings, glutes and quads Toned inner thighs Great buttocks {that Pure Barre ledge} Running is not a new thing for me, I have actually been running for years.   I was running in my 20’s often and then again in my 30’s.  It wasn’t until the last almost…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date September

Good morning and happy Labor Day Weekend.  Welcome to another Ultimate Coffee Date and thank you so much for joining us.  Make sure to visit my co-hosts Deborah and Coco and be sure to link up your coffee related post. September is here yay, I am so ready for the Fall season.  As much as I love the summer, warm weather and swimming with the kids, I am so ready for some cool down.  We have been extremely hot here in Northern California and the fire season has been so scary.  I am just praying for a good winter and lots of rain.  We need water and I have some Coach rain boots that are dying to get out there and hit the puddles. If we were having coffee, I would share with you what some of my favorite Fall things were … Leaves Light breezy evenings The Fall moon…  Read More…

Zarbee’s Naturals at Target

*Disclosure … I received product and compensation for my thoughts on Zarbee’s Naturals. In case you missed it, I recently shared my thoughts on Zarbee’s Naturals.  With busy schedules and sometimes finding it difficult to remember to take our vitamins, we can have an easier time of it with Zarbee’s Naturals.  These are individual packets of vitamin supplements that you add to hot or cold water {depending on the blend}. Let’s recap … “Dr. Zak Zarbock, a physician and father, could not find effective chemical-free products to keep the entire family healthy, so he went on to create his own”.  Zarbee’s Naturals are all with handpicked natural ingredients.  Sweetened with honey and other naturals.  You can find a Zarbee’s product for just about any age and anyone.  They have a great children’s line also.  Perfect for back to school time and keeping our immune systems right. For the entire month…  Read More…

Happy Healthy and Fit Giveaway

September is here and to be honest, I am really ready for Fall.   We have been in the midst of a crazy heat wave, most of California seems to be on fire and we are in a severe drought situation.  I am so looking forward to the next season and some much needed rain and weather.   Fall can mean that most of us tend to get pretty comfortable with our routine and sometimes slack off a bit.  We cozy up, start making comfort food meals, wear more clothing and well to be honest, we just pretty much fall off the fitness wagon.  Right?  Come on, be honest.  I am raising my hand high right now, because I find myself easily falling into that routine. I don’t want the Fall season to be my “forget about fitness” season.  I plan on getting myself out there and continuing with my running and…  Read More…

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