My New Love of Running & a Little Something for You

Today was finally a day off from my regular job but meant it was time to put on my housekeeper hat.  We are still in the process of organizing and unpacking due to our insane schedules.  This morning called for a nice big mug of coffee so I got the french press out and made some yummy coffee.

Which I enjoyed with a breakfast burrito; I was feeling a little savory tonight.

After hours of sorting through boxes I finally made lunch which was inspire by tabbouli.  My lunch consisted of parsley, cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, forbidden rice and a hemp balsamic dressing.  It as amazing, period.

After lunch it was right back to work and I finally sorted through my growing collection of magazines removing any recipes, workouts or other articles that I plan to refer back to at a later date. I will put these in 3-ring binders specific to the category and when it was all said and done I ended up a pile of magazines to recycle.

All of the cleaning and organizing made me work up an appetite so I snacked on a Dr.Zevia and a Pumpkin-N-Spice trail mix bar.  The Dr. Zevia was pretty good but not my favorite Zevia and the trail mix bar was a little sugary for my taste.

On to the next part of my “day off” a beautiful run right in my own “backyard”.  Part of my Couch to 5K program, which I am on day 2 of week 2.  I am loving it and it was the perfect day to run.

Well this weekend the ladies and I are headed out for a girls weekend and in honor of our girls weekend a girlie giveaway.  I received a sample package of Annmarie organic and natural pure skin care products. I love the little sample set that I was sent but disappointed that some of the items include honey which in my vegan world, well, isn’t vegan. I gave away the samples that included honey and have tried most of the others.

My two favorite have been the neroli toning mist and the coconut body & facial oil.  These make your skin so soft and it smells so good when you are putting it on; it is like you are having your own private facial/massage at home.  

Annmaire also sent me an additional sample packet for one of you lucky readers to win. I know that there are a few non-vegan items in the package I am still doing the giveaway; if you are a no honey vegan then I suggest just giving the honey products to a friend to try.

To enter this giveaway please leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing to do is with your girlfriends or male-friends. Entries will be accepted until 5pm Sunday August 8th.

Winner: Angie Bishop

Disclaimer: Annmarie provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


  1. Every time I see your tiki mug it makes me smile 🙂 I love it! Also, I’m so glad you are liking the C25k! It made me the athlete I am (becoming) today.

    Sadly, I live faarrrr away from most of my IRL girlfriends, but going to the hamam or to vegan brunch tops my list. *sigh*

  2. If I had some free time with friends I would love to go for a run 🙂 A walk is nice too and I love coffee and trying to cut back so coffee out would be a real treat!

  3. Jennifer

    My best friend and I go to the farmers’ market together, sample our way through, and stagger out with our arms full of awesome produce. Afterwards, we cook together…or just eat berries. Good times!

  4. Beth

    Nice mug!

    My favorite thing to do with the gals is sit around with some glasses of wine or a pitcher of margaritas and talk about GUYS.

  5. Your chickpea/ rice salad looks delicious. I love balsamic, though I’ve never paired it with chickpeas. My favorite thing to do with friends is to have a leisurely dinner with plenty of conversation beyond the small-talk. If it’s a smaller group or just one friend, it’s nice to have a walk afterward.

  6. Thrift shopping! It’s often hilarious for us, because you never know what odd stuff you’ll find. Lucky for me, my friends and I never quibble over the same items! Whew!

  7. Emma

    Since I live so far away from my friends our time together is spent putting on some records and catching up over a glass of wine! With Toronto friends, pedicures and heading out in a community to do window browsing always works 🙂

Leave a Reply