Things We Love: Fall In Full Swing

Boo!  Just like that the end of October has snuck up on us and the holiday season is soon to be in full effect.  If I had to pick a favorite holiday, it would have to be Thanksgiving so while I hate to see all things pumpkin spice take a backseat to all things Thanksgiving… it’s all good because… pumpkin pie!  Thanksgiving is also a time that we can reflect on all the people and things that we are grateful for.  The items that are in this month’s blog post are sure to fill your heart with gratitude.

Let’s begin in the RUN department.  Very soon, we will be setting the clocks back (November 5th, BTW) and welcoming the dark with as much love… and light… as we can.  Each September, I follow my husband to Interbike for two reasons.  First, if you recall, it is the Birthday Month and all birthdays require a long weekend of poolside mojitos.  The second reason that I go would be for all the samples, freebies, and meeting all the people whose voices bombard my living room during conference calls.  Because cyclists require lots of the same nutrition and some of the same gear as runners, I pretend that this is a run expo without people completely nerding out on running.   This year, I stumbled upon the Nite Ize booth that had a light for any activity you could imagine.  There were lights for your dog, your home, camping – you name it… but most importantly, there were many for keeping one safe during workouts in the dark.  I’m a child of the 80’s and if you were too, you may remember the slap bracelets that were ALL. THE. RAGE.  Now… put a flashing light in that bracelet and you get some childhood nostalgia and a pretty cool way to alert drivers that you are getting your fit on.  Here’s the beauty, the SLAPLIT, which I picked up at the show.  Even more exciting…  I even picked up an extra for one lucky reader.  Stay tuned… the SIB crew will put the light up on Instagram and one lucky individual will be sporting a new light.  Check out the Nite Ize site to order, or if you are in Santa Cruz, West Marine has them in stock.


Next on the list would be this amazing Orange Mud Wrap.  I’ve had one of these for a long time and it’s makes the most appearances once the temps drop and the seasons change.  Going for a run and sloshing through some puddles makes for some great run fun… until you get back to the car and realize what a mess you are.  Don’t fear…. with the Orange Mud towel you can zip it up and put it over the seat and muddy legs ain’t nothing but a solved runner’s problem.  The other run scenario that comes around this time of year would be the wet sport bra woes.  We’ve all been there… you finish a run; your pals want to have coffee; one quick errand calls your name and then… the freeze session sets in because that wet bra is bone chilling.  Once again, the Orange Mud towel comes to the rescue because it also transforms into a private changing room.  Seriously… this thing is amazing.  You need to get one, and while you are at it… grab one for a friend and knock a holiday gift off the list. Of course you can likely find these at your local running store (#shoplocal), on the great big world of Amazon, or if you go straight to the Orange Mud site, you will get a prompt to save 10% if you put in your email.  (Side note… if you get a new Gmail account just for sale emails you can still reap the rewards, but not have to see these in your normal inbox everyday.  Try using “salesfor” in front of whatever name you like and you’re good to go!)

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Moving on… Let’s talk about some current favorite things in the LIFESTYLE department.  It seems like once Halloween comes and goes that the holiday season is in full effect.  My husband and I don’t have a single relative in California and we don’t have any children, yet I still feel the stress of the holiday season.  With that being said, the enormous task of doing it all with an extended family and little ones to mix into the holiday loop I can only imagine the stress.  To add to the stress, work parties, cocktail hours, Friendsgivings shrink the time bank even more.  But wait… the house still needs cleaned, the kids’ activities still exist and Amazon has yet to get Whole Foods to deliver groceries straight to your door.  Stop the insanity!!!!

Not that long ago, I was having a really hard time prioritizing things in my life.  It seemed like every little task was a mountain and I had much anxiety over making a decision for fear of making somebody else upset.  Fortunately for me, I stumbled over a little gem of a book in a friend’s car (That friend was none other than @trainwithmary BTW).  Sarah Knight’s The Life Changing Magic of Not Give a F*ck is seriously a book you need to grab ASAP.  The book will honestly CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.  (Warning: If you’re not down with the F-word I will caution that it’s in there quite a bit.  But…. Since many of you are runners, you can change it to the other F-word… Fartlek).  This book has 5 lessons that are guaranteed to help you move through the “Season of Joy” with just that… JOY!  Vogue had a really good clif notes version, but do yourself a favor and get the book.  In cases of emergency, feel free to have a downloaded copy of the “Should I give a F*ck” flowchart stashed in a purse, diaper bag, glove box, etc.


At the annual Las Vegas birthday extravaganza, there is the tradition of going on a little shopping trip to pick out the perfect birthday gift.  Not only did I find the perfect birthday gift, but also when passing through the malls in Vegas I stumbled into a Zara.  When I’m looking for a timeless piece, I’m happy to open the wallet and spend a significant amount.  If the item is going to be around for a while, it’s worth the investment.  However, trends come and go and this is where Zara gives you a big bang for the buck.  During this trip I stumbled across some pants that had a moto edge to them, and had the ability to be dressed up for a sexy date night or they could be incorporated into the everyday conundrums of life.  At $39.90 it was a no brainer to buy a pair in a few color ways.  Check out the three pairs purchased and look at the different ways to style them.  Side note:  If you are ever in a bind for how to put something together Fashion Stylist Google can lead the way… most often the stylist will lead to Pinterest, but hey… the holidays are coming up so your likely to find inspiration for more than just style.

The three pairs purchased…


How to Style: Day Look & Date Look


Last, but not least, if thoughts of bringing a new side dish to a holiday dinner seems exciting then this Butternut Squash Gratin will not disappoint.  P.S. Buy the pre-cut vegetables. You’re worth it!

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings!  Until next time… eat, drink and be grateful!




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Things We Love: First Taste of Fall

Do you have one of those friends who alwayScreen Shot 2017-09-13 at 10.33.13 AMs recommends the greatest new thing? We do and her name is Leslie. We want to share some of her favorites with you! Each month we will share with you her favorite items of the moment.

Leslie Haverstock is a special education teacher by day and a lover of all things running, fitness and fashion… all the time.  She has a super rad husband and the world’s greatest dog.  Leslie’s blog, Laps Lunges Leather, explores all these loves with a bit of humor, some tears, and fantastic tips and tidbits.

It’s not a secret, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but Fall is my very, very favorite season.  Maybe it’s because my birthday month is in the Fall, maybe it’s the change of the weather that makes boots and sweaters come out of the closet, maybe it’s ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE, maybe it’s the slower pace after the hustle and bustle of summer fun, and maybe it’s simply because I was born in the Midwest and Fall is just incredibly beautiful there.  Now that I’m living in California the seasons don’t change as much, but the calendar says it’s Fall so it’s time for all of the Fall Favorites. 

As the season change, it’s time to share some Fall Favorites of mine.  Honestly, this list could go on and on and on, but since the SIB team said I could be a regular on their blog, I was able to narrow my favorites down to two things… actually four because if you follow my blog at you would find that there are some big loves in my life which includes all things lifestyle and all things running (and some cross training since all runners need some fine tuning to keep us doing what we love).

In the category of LIFESTYLE you know that I can’t escape adding something pumpkin into the mix.  I always find myself in a rush and know the importance of a good breakfast or replenishing my body after a run.  With that being said, let me introduce you to the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.  Yep… it tastes like the real deal and it is simple and quick. Picture1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choosing)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder**
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T almond butter (you can leave this out, but it adds some good fat)**

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and drink up!  **If you don’t have vanilla protein powder, use ½ t vanilla extract.  **If your almond butter is unsweetened and you would like the shake a bit sweeter, add a splash of maple syrup, coconut sugar or Stevia (or whatever little packet you like).



The other sign that Fall has arrived would be Opi’s Black Cherry Chutney nail polish.  For real, this has been a staple in my life, and the life of many friends F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  I’ve had manicures from so many different salons and it’s a pretty sure bet that they have the color in stock.  It’s kind of hard to describe, but it’s a bit purple, a bit of shimmer, a bit of black red… I know that’s hard to imagine so check out the pictures.  Try it for your next manicure (comes in gel and regular polish)!


Now that we have you eating well and looking fine, it’s time to chat about my favorite RUN goodies this month.  I know that I just shared how much I love Fall, but there is one little thing that I’m not a fan.  What could I not love about Fall? The DARK!  With the days getting shorter, morning runs have brought out the headlamps, but Oiselle just upped their game with new reflective gear.  I seriously can’t get enough.  There are two items that are must haves in my closet.  Check out these beauties…

KC Knickers

These beauties come in a gorgeous blue and black. Not only is the new reflective print a winner, I like that there is a bit of compression and a bit of a higher waist.  The higher waist with the pocket plus compression makes stored items feel secure. 

Roga Shorts

If knickers aren’t your thing or your climate is warmer, check out the Roga Shorts.  They come in 3 different lengths with the Mac being the shortest and the Long, obviously being the long ones.  The ones shown are right in the middle.  The one thing I will warn about the Rogas is that the pockets aren’t in the greatest of places.  If you don’t carry much on a run, then these are the perfect shorts.  They are a top seller for a reason!

DISCOUNT ALERT… Using the code FIRSTFLIGHT will save you 10% on your Oiselle order.  You have to sign up for an account (don’t worry… they actually send emails you will want to read) and to use the discount you will need to be signed into the account.  Sorry… discount only applies to new accounts. 

And now… my final favorite thing for this month would be sunscreen.  Picture7Just because there is less sun in a day doesn’t mean our skin can go without coverage.  Running with sunscreen can be a real bummer when it runs into your eyes or makes you look like a ghost.  The one that has been my summer staple and will roll right into Fall would be Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber.  This stuff goes on light, doesn’t smell like a chemical sh*t storm (Did you see cucumber in the name?  Yeah… it’s smells so fresh), leaves your skin feeling soft and a bit dewy and… it’s 70% organic.  At $32 a bottle it’s okay to be a bit shaken, but I promise… a little goes a long, long way.

Honestly, I could pull out a hundred other favorite Fall Favorites, but we would be here all day.  So we’ll leave it here with Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, OPI nail polish, Oiselle’s reflective clothing, and Coola’s sunscreen.  Okay, okay… I’ll add one more… ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE!  What are your Fall Favorites?


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