Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pretty as a Picture

A friend whom I met through my local chapter of Moms RUN This town, Jessica, is a photographer in the Columbus area.  A few weeks ago, she asked if she could borrow my youngest daughter, Aleena, for a photo shoot.

Jessica wanted to try out a snow angel idea with a little girl and my sweet Aleena looks pretty angelic.  Jessica has three sons, so should couldn't exactly do snow angel pictures with them.  Sure, I said, Aleena loves having her pictures taken and, seriously, she would make a sweet, sweet angel.

Aleena and I met Jessica at a local metropark at 5pm so she could capture my little angel in the sunset light.  I was a little concerned about how little time we'd have with the light, but I should never have doubted Jessica.  Our appointment lasted about 15 minutes.

The pictures are amazing.

If you're in the Columbus area, I highly recommend Jessica Kranz Photography for any of your photography needs.  She is efficient, had a great eye and you will have amazing photos.

Jessica offered me pictures of Aleena in exchange for being able to use said pictures for advertisements.  Jessica did not ask me to blog about her business, I offered after I saw the pictures.  All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Time to Rock the Taper and a Giveaway

Whew!  The past couple of months have been busy, busy, busy!

Right after recovering from the St. Jude Marathon, I started training for the Green Jewel 50K.

I've been focusing on decluttering my house during my spare time, so when I'm not mothering or wife-ing or running or eating, I'm decluttering.  I've lovingly named my efforts Operation Get Rid of Shit.  It's going well...ish.  Two steps forward and one step back, but I'm making headway.  The crap in my house is a collection 12 years in the making.  It's not going to go away in a short amount of time.

Life has been pretty exhausting and I'm thrilled to say that we've reached taper!  I keep telling Randy that this will be my one and only 50K.  He doesn't believe me because I said the same thing about the marathon.  Yes, but I mean it this time!

Here are some of the fun times I've had while running in some the most miserable weather I've ever had to train in:


Hill repeats in the snow.  At 4:30am.

5 miles in "feels like" -22 degrees.

One run in "feels like" -22 degrees creates an entire load of laundry.

15 freaking miles on a treadmill because it was too cold to run outside for that long.
Even with the less-than-ideal weather, we're still smiling, for the most part.

With all of this running, I needed to put in another order of Island Boost.  Having run over 350 miles since St. Jude in December and needing to fuel every 5 miles or so on my long runs, I've consumed a lot of Island Boost.  When I ordered, Laura, the founder of Island Boost, sent me extras and I'm passing them on to you!

Three winners will receive a six pack of Island Boost, two of each flavor: Blueberry Pomegranate, Passion and (my fave) Chocolate.

Island Boost 6 Pack
Which flavor are you most excited to try?

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