Friday, January 23, 2015

My First Run of 2015

I FINALLY busted out my running shoes and went on my first run of 2015!  I went out with a great runner friend of mine, The Sweaty Yeti.  We just did a nice and easy 3 miles.  I let him lead the pace since he had done some weights and squats the day before and his legs were feeling it.  But it was SO good to get out and just run off some emotions and shoot the breeze with a friend!

Have you been out yet this year? How are you feeling?  Have you set any running goals yet?

Love, Lacey

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A rough time

I'm sorry I have been MIA lately (I feel like I have said that a lot lately). But our family has had a very sad loss and I think we are all feeling a bit (insert an emotion here because I can't even describe what I'm feeling).

My sweet nephew went home to be with Jesus almost two weeks ago.  We had the blessing of going to the hospital and saying our goodbyes.  But how do you say goodbye to someone knowing you won't see them again this side of heaven? Holding that sweet boy and talking to him about heaven and how much we love him was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Then last week we walked through the funeral.  They really shouldn't have to make caskets that small.  I kept looking at my brother-in-law & sister-in-law and wondering how you survive something like this.  Praise God that He sent another sweet son for them just a month before but we also grieve for that sweet boy who will never know his brother.

We have found some good things to come from this and I'm sure we will continue to feel blessed through this loss but it is still pain non the less.  We are not sad for him.  He is running, jumping, dancing, talking, eating & being a happy 5 year old in heaven. We are sad for us.  Those left here not being able to see his ALWAYS smiling face. I'm sad for Mr. S who loved watching Spongebob with his cousin.  I am thankful that he taught my kids so much about disabilities and what it means to love someone no matter what.

God is good even through this loss and very rough time. We continue to pray our way through this and pray daily for my brother-in-law & sister-in-law. Thank you God for the 5 1/2 years we had with this sweet boy.

Love, Lacey

Friday, January 9, 2015

January RunnerBox 2015

I'm so excited to be sharing a new subscription box with you!  If you follow me on Instagram (which you should! LoveLacey365) you will have already seen the box and know how excited I am about sharing this with you! While I loved Ipsy it was time to part ways but I wanted to keep bringing you something exciting! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE getting things in the mail so I didn't want that to end.  I was introduced to RunnerBox awhile ago and actually got to meet 2 of the ladies that run this company at the Wine'n'Dine Expo.  SUPER sweet ladies with LOTS of info and have done their research.  I was a big fan from the beginning but meeting them and other conversations I have had with one of the girls have put me over the top to subscribe to this box.  

So what is RunnerBox?  It is a bimonthly (every other month) subscription box.  They have different boxes you can choose from also.  They have a runnerbox, a cyclebox, and a tribox.  They also have the option to gift a box!  The box I chose is $20 but I think you will find it is WELL worth the money! They also include coupon codes for all the products if you want to order more!  If you are interested HERE is the link! Let's dive in and you can judge for yourself!

So first things first!  The packaging is really clean looking.  It's not flashy or anything but I really liked it.  It's really minimal and just nice.  So the box has a nice quote in the lid and then you open the nice lime green tissue paper and it was jammed packed with goodies!!

There were so many things in this box I had to do collage pictures otherwise we would be here all day! Up first is the Honey pattie in the Chocolate mint flavor.  I was excited for this because I love York peppermint patties and this seemed similar.  But you know what?  It was BETTER!!!  It was mint flavored honey on the inside and dark chocolate on the outside.  I died and went to heaven! Next was a really awesome runnerbox buff, some CongniTea that I have been wanting to try for awhile so I was SUPER excited about this and then something that made me stop . . . Pickle Ade.  Yes you read that right PICKLE Ade.  Apparently a lot of sports people drink pickle juice to keep from having muscle cramps and aid in recovery.  I must have missed that memo but I am happy to try it since I have been a pickle-holic for the longest time. I'm going to save it for a good long run and then chug it down! 

Next up is a Honey Stinger in the gingersnap flavor.  Excitingly this was the only thing in the box not gluten free!  So I will be sharing this with someone else but it was SO good to have so many yummy things that I could eat!  The Detour Smart bar in blueberry looks good and so does the Skout bar! I think both of these will make their way to my purse for my "emergency" snacks!  There was also a cold wrap & performance towel to aid in recovery.  And last but not least they included some delicious Nuun all day hydration.  These are like Gatorade but without the sugar and junk.  I LOVE nuun!  It's must easier on my tummy and does a great job of re-hydrating and just generally making you feel better!  They also included some Gu and two  instaboost.  I'm unfamiliar with instaboost but apparently it's nutritional crystals that you eat without water.  I'm excited to try these.  I'm envisioning poprocks. LOL

So what did you think?  I'm BEYOND excited to try all these things out!  And I can't wait for the next box!

I am NOT sponsored or affiliated with RunnerBox in anyway.  I just really do love this subscription.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Huff Recap 2014

Have you missed me?!  Geez life got crazy with the holidays and I honestly couldn't find 5 min to myself.

But I'm BACK!!!!!  And I'm going to give you a quick recap of The Huff that I ran in mid-December and then show you a really cool monthly subscription box for runners!!

So remember when I signed up for a 10 mile trail race in the middle of winter?  You can read about it here!  Well  . . . .

I DID IT!!!!  I ran 10 (it was actually 11) miles on trails in the winter!  The course wasn't so bad.  Lots of hills for Indiana but no water, not a lot of mud, and no snow. 

This is one of my favorite pictures from the race.  That's me on the right laughing.  The guy on the left is my friend "The Yeti".  I call him the sweaty Yeti.  He is so funny and kept me entertained for the first 6 miles.

Here are Kellie, The Yeti, & I before the race.  There was no time after the race for a picture as we were all frozen. But we finished and I might just be in love with trails!! I will DEFINITELY be doing this race again!

Love, Lacey

Friday, December 5, 2014

Run Disney Day 2

If you haven't read day 1.5 I will link it HERE.

Day 2 started as perfectly as day 1 had ended.  Kellie and I had bought gf muffins on the boardwalk the night before so we saved them for breakfast!  They also had pretty good coffee in the room.  So hot coffee and an AMAZING gf  blueberry muffin while laying in bed was just perfect!! The best part was the news kept saying that a cold front was moving in and it would be dropping to 60!  They acted like a blizzard was coming.  I still put on shorts for the day!

The BEST muffin ever!!

Friday (day 2) was packet pick up so off to the Expo we went.  We found these awesome champagne cut outs to grab a quick picture with! When we saw these again on race day they line was CRAZY long.  I'm so glad we got this picture when we did!

This the half of the expo!  It was crazy how many people were there!  Lots and lots of venders! 

They had Jeff Galloway come in and speak.  We listened for a little bit.  He is really interesting, inspiring, & generally positive!  Gotta love that in a coach of any kind!

When we left the expo this was our view!  Seriously?!?! Palm trees & blue skies!  Does it get any better?

After the expo we thought it would be fun to explore some of the other resorts on Disney.  That is one of the nice things about staying at a Disney resort.  You can visit any other resort and see what they have.  If you don't know each resort has it's own theme and there for different restaurants & gift shops. The first resort we went to was the Polynesian! This was a Hawaiian themed resort.  It was so cute! We decided that if we came back this would be a good one to stay at!  I know my mom would love it!  My parents went to Hawaii on their honeymoon and speaking highly of it often!

This was where we were really heading in the resort!  The Pineapple Lanai!  This is where you can get dole whip! Dole whip is some sort of magical pineapple concoction that Disney whips up and makes people addicted.  You can get it alone or mixed with vanilla ice cream. I'm also heard a rumor that in the actual Animal Kingdom park they mix it with rum.  YUM!!  It really is a great treat and I can see why people love it! On a hot day it would be the perfect way to cool down!

Next up we hit up the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  This place was really beautiful.  It was built like a HUGE log cabin. With the most beautiful fireplaces and rocking chairs.  You felt right at home the moment you walked in! Everything was very rustic.  If you have ever visited the cabins in Pigeon Forge Tennessee then you will understand what this looked like but on a much bigger scale!

And just outside was this bison bush.

Of course by this time we were both ready to relax.  So back to the resort for our afternoon drink (with no leaf!)  and to rest for a bit before we headed to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Christmas Party!

Love, Lacey

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Run Disney Day 1.5

In case you missed the first part of day 1 you can read about it HERE.  So let's move on to the second half of that day!

When we got to the Caribbean Beach Resort at Disney we decided to try to check in early.  We had been told if our room wasn't ready that we could at least change & go to the pool. But again we got blessed and our room was ready!  She also let us get a late check out since the race was a late one and we thought we would sleep in. The wonderful lady at the front desk also informed us that our room had been upgraded and asked if that was ok:?  Um YES!!  She said "Oh you have been upgraded to a pirate room" WHAT?!?!?!  She also told us that our room was on the second floor and there were no elevators.  OH WELL!!  We got a pirate room.  I'm pretty sure we floated up the stairs we were so excited!

So here it is!  This is a pirate room!  This is my bed!  It's a pirate ship!! The lights on the mast turn on for reading or whatever. It was so neat! We joked several times about 2 girls having a pirate room.

On the end of my bed were some towels in the shape of MICKEY!

This curtain was separating the bedroom area from the sink/bathroom area.  Such a cool room!

This barrel was actually a refrigerator!  WHAT?!

After we checked into our room we decided to go relax by the pool.  We both wanted to rest but it seemed like a waste of a beautiful day to spend it indoors.  Sleeping by the pool was a great way to spend the afternoon!

We found some fruity drinks, a gorgeous beach, and some comfy chairs by the pool. This is the life! After the pool we had dinner reservations so we got ready and headed out! 

Our table wasn't quite ready and I owed Kellie some money and she told me I could buy her a drink so we headed to the bar.  These drinks had light up ice cubes in them.  How could we not order them? Mine was even set to blink different colors.  My drink also had another leaf in it!  I thought it might be a theme to put a leaf in my drink?!

I have to give a quick shout out to the head chef at The Wave on the Contemporary Resort at Disney.  I'm sorry I don't remember his name but he came to our table to help us order since we are both gluten free. He told us a little about each dish and what would be best and then told us that he had gluten free rolls for us.  The rolls came our WARM and with sea salt butter.  We almost cried they were so DELICIOUS!! 

Next came dinner! I had steak with green beans and mushrooms.  It was AMAZING!!

Kellie had pork chops with polenta and I can't remember what the green was? She said it was DELICIOUS!  

After dinner I grabbed a to go coffee and we walked around the Boardwalk.  We had so much fun.  We even took a keepsake picture for our mom.  I will have to take a picture and share that with you because it was really funny.  After the boardwalk we headed back to our pirate beds for a good nights sleep!!

Love, Lacey

Monday, December 1, 2014

Run Disney Day 1

Hey there!  It's been almost a month ago I went to Florida to run Disney but I'm FINALLY getting around to telling you (and showing you) all about our adventure!!  So here we go . . .  WARNING!!!!!  This will be picture overload!!

As you may or may not know, I am NOT a morning person.  And when I say I'm not a morning person I mean when I wake up don't try to talk, don't make jokes, and do NOT touch me!  I get up early with the kids each morning but everyone knows if I haven't had coffee don't talk!  So a 2 am wake up call was just RUDE!! I was worried I would sleep through the alarm so I set a couple.  Turns out I barely slept so it wasn't a big deal. Kellie picked me up at 2:30 and off we went!

We got to the airport in plenty of time so we decided to grab some breakfast that I ate entirely too quickly to take a picture !  Don't worry though there are so many food pictures in Disney you will be tired of them.  But here is a nice picture of my backpack I carried on!  It held so much stuff I loved it! Pink and Camo that pretty much sums me up in general!

I hit up the Copper Moon Coffee Co to grab something with an insane amount of caffeine in it and off we flew!  Thank goodness for my mom's Nook to keep me company!

Here we are!!  And yes we did wear our ears through the airport and onto the plane!

We were super blessed and got an upgrade on our rental car!  Say hello to the 2015 Chrysler 200S.  OH MY GOODNESS this was a gorgeous car!  Reminded me a lot of my old Camaro.  Nice and sporty and made cruising around Florida so much fun! I think we only used the air conditioning a hand full of times because I just wanted to cruise around with the windows down!

We stopped at the local running store because that is what runners do! They were really friendly and we each bought a few things there!

The best part was the Track Shack knew where there was a SONIC!!  I have a Cherry Limeade obsession and they closed all of our sonics at home so it's now my vacation treat!  OH it tasted amazing!! #sonicselfie

After Sonic we headed for our resort.  I can't tell you how exciting it is to see this sign.  I almost cried!  It had been a VERY long day already and it was only noon! The weather was gorgeous!  In fact Kellie and I changed clothes in the car at the Track Shack because jeans were just NOT acceptable in that sort of weather.  Blue skies and palm trees what more could you want?! 

Love, Lacey