Saturday, August 16, 2014

12 Weeks and Counting as of Today Until Half Marathon

As of today I am at 12 weeks and counting for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 8th! I have found in the past when training sometimes I actually put on weight so the next 12 weeks I am really going to stay focused on loosing 1 pound a week so that I am 12 pounds less on race day. I am going to eat clean protein and lots of fruits and vegetables. I am going to try and eat my 5 small meals a day.

Over the next 12 weeks I am going to share with you my training schedule and a few of my meals. My meals are going to be the same most of the time with the main items being tilapia, salmon, steak, and chicken. My husband is joining me on the meal plan so it should work great since we are both eating the same items. We are going to try and keep the heavier carbs off the list at dinner time.

One of my go to breakfast items is the Greek yogurt which has higher protein and 20 oz. of water. I am trying to start eating oatmeal but I have to get used to the texture. I have never really been a big fan but I know the benefit is really good.

My goal is to get in two 3 mile runs along with one long run each week. I need to get in two days of weights and two yoga classes each week. I am also going kayaking every other Saturday.
Its also important during training to work out the knots and sore muscles so I make sure I have those worked on. I found the most amazing place that gives sports and deep tissue massages. It really does help!
This is also where I take my yoga classes and stretch classes. I can not believe how much the yoga and stretching is really helping. This was our class the other day from a picture the owner took, love it!
Here's to the next 12 weeks and what should be a great Half Marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Best Potato Salad Recipe

Would you believe I had never tried potato salad until I was almost 39 years old because it just never looked appetizing. The this past year I found a recipe that I modified and I love it. I made it simple but so good!

It went perfect with the grilled steak I made paired with fresh grilled corn. Here is how simple it is.

3 pounds of red potatoes
1 cup of mayo
1/4/ cup of buttermilk
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard

 Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel.

Allow the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard,  1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into quarters or halves, depending on their size. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. (As the salad sits, you may need to add more dressing)  You can serve this two different ways. I like right at dinner time when its still warm. You could also toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Its very good!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Perricone MD Kit

I love the product line from Perricone MD and this is part two of the series with the Science of Perricone MD 2014. I love having the opportunity to try new products without having to pay full price incase its not for me. I am very excited to give these new products a try. This set is from QVC and I would not call them samples because most are half the amount of a full size which I am very pleased with.

The kit includes:
1 fl oz Face Finishing Moisturizer
.25 fl oz Cold Plasma Eye
1 fl oz OVM
.05 fl oz Neuropeptide facial cream
1 fl oz Blue Plasma

I am really excited to try the Blue Plasma. The site states:

Who is it for: It was developed for the person who wants to address the visible signs of aging. Blue Plasma reinvents the action of more traditional peels or exfoliators, and was developed by Dr. Perricone as a gentle alternative to harsh exfoliators.

Why is it different: Through bio-specific technology, Blue Plasma performs three modes of action: bio-specific peeling attacks only dead skin cells; micro-purification purifies the skin; and hydro-fusion rebalances the skin's hydration with enriched water.

The OVM states:

Who is it for: Anyone experiencing the advanced signs of aging skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Why is it different: The eggshell membrane, the thin layer between the egg white and the eggshell, was designed by nature with the perfect matrix of compounds to nourish and protect the precious egg components. Dr. Perricone has combined eggshell membrane, vitamin A, and his unique carrier system to create a powerful bio-matrix technology.

Face Finishing Moisturizer:

What is it: A luxurious, rose-scented cream that helps to restore moisture, radiance, and firmness to the skin.

Who is it for: People of all skin types who seek a daily moisturizer that helps fight the signs of aging while providing healthy hydration.

Cold Plasma Eye:

What is it: A breakthrough eye product utilizing four patented technologies to comprehensively address the visible signs of aging skin--including lack of radiance and fine lines and wrinkles--on the eye area.

Who is it for: A must-have product for everyone. Cold Plasma Eye is considered one of Dr. Perricone's most powerful eye treatment products and was formulated to produce maximum results. It was developed for the person, regardless of age, who is serious about addressing the visible signs of aging skin around their eyes.

Neuropeptide Facial Cream:

What is it: A unique cream that helps improve the appearance of your skin's firmness while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Who is it for: All skin types. 82% of users reported an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, 70% reported their skin is firmer, and 85% reported their skin had a better glow.

I have tried a couple of these and I am already very impressed. This is a line that I will continue to use. I am very happy with the results.

Have you tried any of the products from this line?

Friday, July 18, 2014

50 Most Beautiful People Magazine Launch

I had the opportunity to attend the Access Magazine Party for the issue that celebrated the 50 Most Beautiful People in my city. The event was an all white party and so much fun! I am already planning the idea of a future Birthday party event with an all white theme!

Here is a look into the night.......................



Walking the red carpet for photos.

It was so much fun to see all of the white outfits. We loved people watching!

Such a fun night. Have you ever attended an all white party?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dr. Jart BB Cream Set Review

I made a special trip to Sephora last month on a mission to find a BB cream to try. I saw this set on display and felt it would be perfect to try and I am so glad I did! I have been using these as my primary foundation.

They are perfect for the summer months and they give the perfect amount of coverage. I do not wear a heavy foundation so these work great. The set was only $34.00 and you have the chance to try 4 different types from this brand.

This set contains:- 0.5 oz Renewalist BB Beauty Cream SPF 40
- 0.5 oz Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25
- 0.5 oz Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm SPF 25
- 0.5 oz Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45
What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Sulfates
- Phthalates 

I first heard about this brand when a friend starting using it and wearing it to the gym. I loved the fresh light look it gave her and was in hopes it would work for me. I was very happy with it and plan to repurchase the Black Label Detox first in the full size.

I am not sure how long this kit will be available but I would head to Sephora and pick it up!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kate Somerville and Check In- Hello!

I only want to share a product when it is something that I really love and here it is............ you must try ExfoliKate. You will see results after the first use. My face is so clean and smooth, you will love it.

Here is the description that Sephora gives for this product.

This signature formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results in one application. It effectively combats acne and blackheads, reduces discoloration, and polishes skin for a smooth complexion. Welcome to healthy skin, a healthy glow, and a healthy you.

What else you need to know:
This expert formula harnesses the power of fruit enzymes to clarify skin by removing dead cells and eliminating bacteria. It is ideal for all skin types, except sensitive skin. This product comes with a packette of Daily Deflector™ Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, a powerful anti-aging sunscreen.

This product is amazing and will stay as one of my must have items. I use it twice a week and look forward to using it every time.

Here is a little peak into our week with the 4th of July weekend.

We were able to run grab dinner at Bonefish before starting our holiday weekend break. Bonefish always does such a great job and dinner is so good.
Traffic was crazy everywhere we went. Lines and lines of traffic so patience was a must.

We headed out for a day of shopping and guess what we are shopping for..........................
Yes, we are looking at purchasing Kayaks for all of us. We plan to start going on a water adventure at least once a month. The good thing with a kayak is we can go 10 months out of the year. You can burn several hundred calories and your arms will look great! The views are amazing and its always an adventure.

Then we ended our weekend by seeing Magnificent. It was so good and I highly recommend it. I just feel in love with her character. On a side note every time I saw her I thought about the Mac red lipstick! A must see!
Happy 4th of July friends!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Graduation Day

This past year I took part in the most amazing program with my city as part of a Leadership Program for up and coming leaders in the city. I would highly recommend that you should look into a program like this in your city. I thought I knew everything about my city but was amazed how much new information I now have. This program is one that you have to have your new submitted by someone that would recommend you. Then you go for an interview and only 40 or so people will be selected. I felt honored to be one of them.

Here is a look at graduation day!

I had the opportunity to meet so many new people. The fun part of this is the program tries to pick people from different career fields. We had attorneys from different fields, a police office, a deputy, real estate, banking, construction, vice presidents, doctors, and so on. Just an amazing opportunity to meet so many different people.

This was the day of our graduation. I wanted to grab pictures from as many people from my group because they were just such fun people.

We are in our seats waiting to make our presentation on our project we were assigned.

This was the morning of the graduation as we were walking out the door!

Above was my group making our presentation before the class. I was very pleased with the job we did and the amazing job the other groups also did.

This was one of the other groups giving their presentation. Each group was given a topic to help better out city.  I just cant explain what an amazing experience this was and I walked away with so much more knowledge about my great City!


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