Fitness Friday – Tacoma Marathon 2013

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Back in the fall of 2009, I was walking downtown and lost my car keys. So I retraced my steps to try and find them. After a 2, maybe 3 hour search, I threw in the towel and called to my neighbor Girly Girl to pick me up.

As I was talking to Girly Girl on the car ride home,  I realized I had just walked 12 miles and thought, hey, I bet I could walk a marathon.  So as soon as I got home, I went online and searched for the soonest marathon I could find. I quickly paid the fee before I chickened out and set my eyes on the Seattle Marathon. The fact that the marathon was only 90 days away, didn’t deter me one bit. I mean really, how hard could walking 26.2 miles be anyway, I had just walked 12 trying to find my freakin’ car keys. Right?

To make a long story short – My training consisted of fast walking {but not in a freaky sort of way} and slightly jogging around town and on the treadmill up until the marathon. My husband and parents thought I was crazy, but I ended up finishing in 5 hours 25 minutes. Not a great time, but also not a bad one for an idiot who thought all she had to do was throw on any old pair of shoes and “Just Do It.”

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So yesterday I found myself in the local running store getting fitted for a pair of shoes. When I had done the 2009 Seattle Marathon, I walked in a pair of old shoes that were not made for running or walking any sort of long distance. They were everyday shoes, and I was too cheap to buy new ones.

If you have never been fitted for a pair of athletic shoes by someone who actually knows what they are selling, you should . Because yesterday, I found out that I have been wearing the WRONG SIZE SHOE.

Apparently our feet continue growing and widen as we get older. WHO NEW? I suppose the tip off should have been my feet hurt anytime I wear a pair of shoes for a long period of time, but nah, who would of thought I was wearing the wrong shoe size? I mean, I’ve been the same size since I’ve been like 12. If anything, aren’t we suppose to shrink as we get older?

Holy Crack!

tacoma marathon 2013

If you think I am a runner, or some sort of Sporty Spice, you are totally wrong. I dislike running immensely and cannot run 1/4 a mile without stopping. Remember that 5k Turkey Trot I did on Thanksgiving? It took me like 38 minutes to finish. So ya, running is not my specialty.

I need to get into shape for the 2013 growing season and this is how I am going to do it. Hauling wheel barrows full of dirt and weeding takes muscle power and endurance, and I can’t think of a better way to get into shape than walking around town for the next 4 months to get fit.

Plus, setting goals, and marking them off a list as I finish them {hello OCD}. is one of my favorite things to do on the planet. So I’m in it to win it. Well, not WIN it, but cross the finish line in the same amount of time {or better} than last time.

tacoma marathon elevation map 2013

And look, this course is almost all downhill, so how bad could it possibly be?

~Mavis

A word of caution – Get medical advise before starting any sort of strenuous exercise. Know your limits.

 

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Mornings with Mavis – Le Creuset Pie Birds, Free Museum Admission, Pom Wonderful, Birki’s Sandals + More

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Repeat after me – Today is going to be a great day!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back.

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How To Make Homemade Bread
35 Slow Cooker Soups & Stews: Recipes To Warm You Up!
More Than Water: Tasty Low-Fat Beverages, with and without alcohol
Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland << Still available!

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Samsung Series 9 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook  for $699.99 shipped.

Le Creuset pie birds

Amazon has Le Creuset pie birds on sale for $4.95 each and they have several colors available.


Amazon has Baker’s Secret 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, {Set of 2}on sale for only $5.31

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Zulily is having a rad sale on Asics running shoes and clothing today. The clothing deals are super hot, so if you are a workout mama, head on over their and get some loot.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

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Tanga is having a sweet sale on Birki’s Clogs & Sandles.  

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There are 2 new coupons available: $.75/1 Welch’s Grape Juice & $2.00 off {1} 48oz Pom Wonderful Juice. I found these under the beverage category  Go HERE to Print.

If you are a Bank of America account holder and have a Bank of America debit or credit card, {Alaska Airlines Credit Card?} you can score FREE ADMISSION to more than 150 museums this weekend!

All you have to do is show your photo ID and your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch card to get a free ticket!

This is a great way to inject a little culture into your life. Last year we went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum for free! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Go HERE for a full list of participating museums.
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If you are a Jamba Juice Fan you’ll be happy to know there are 3 new coupons for $2 {16} ounce smoothies. Go HERE to print.

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Like Propel on Facebook and get a FREE Propel on the go stick HERE.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Readers Digest Magazine for only $3.99 a year when you use code 8109 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/4/2013 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Want to win a Honda Accord and a trip to Disneyland? Head on over HERE to chance to win an all-new 2013 Honda Accord, plus a 2 night vacation package for four to Disneyland Resort including one night in the Disneyland Dream Suite.*

Alright, I’m off to go make some toast.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Downton Abbey Is Back!

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Season 3 Trailer

Darling, our butler Hans informed us the much anticipated third season of Downton Abbey starts this Sunday, January 6th, on PBS {check your local listings for times}.  If you have not watched this series before, I highly recommend you STOP EVERYTHING and catch up on seasons one and two immediately.   Amazon Prime members can catch up on the series for free {non-members can watch it for $1.99 an episode}.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about {because you live in a cave}, the show depicts an English aristocratic family and their servants in the early 1900′s.  The characters are delightfully flawed, and the attention to historical detail is awesome.

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If you are a fan, what’s your vote, will Matthew and Mary live happily ever after? Will Mary’s meddling sister Edith get in the way? Will they finally hire someone to plant a few flowers in the front of the castle so we have something more to look at than a gravel driveway when guests arrive?

Ahhhh I can’t wait!

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe

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meyer lemon cake recipe

If you get your hands on some Meyer Lemons, I highly recommend this Meyer lemon pudding cake recipe. I found the recipe printed on the back of the lemon box, and to tell you the truth I was a little nervous to try it at first. Would it be good enough? Did I really want to use 3 lemons to make a recipe I had never tried before? Well, it was a tough choice, but I’m sure glad I did. This luscious lemon dessert was Da Bomb!

Ingredients

2 Meyer Lemons
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3 large Eggs, separated
1 cup Milk at room temperature {I used 2%}
4 tablespoons Butter, melted and cooled

meyer lemon cakeDirections

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and butter a 8×8 baking dish.

Finely grate 2 teaspoons zest and then squeeze 1/3 cup juice from lemons; set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together yolks, milk, butter, lemon zest and juice; add to flour mixture; whisk to combine.

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir 1/3 egg whites into batter to lighten; gently fold in remaining egg whites {batter will be thin}.

Pour into your prepared baking dish; bake until golden, 34-40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Recipe Credit

Looking for more recipes using lemons? Check out Luscious Lemon Desserts By Lori Longbotham. Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Unique Chicken Coops

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Modern Coop{photo credit}

Thinking about getting some chickens this year? I hear all the cool people are doing it these days. Here are a few coops I think are pretty awesome.

I think the 3rd picture is my favorite. It looks like a little playground for chickens. Weeee!

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Hobbit Hole Chicken Coop{photo credit}

Car Coop{photo credit}

Egg Coop{photo credit}

If you have a garden and are thinking about getting some chickens, you might want to read Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly YardBy Jessi Bloom.  Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship, and the book is full of chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

Yee-Haw! Now we’re farming!

~Mavis

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Is My Chicken a Rooster?

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silver laced wyandotte rooster

Okay everyone, I’m pretty sure Pablo is a rooster, but after 16 weeks he still has not made any crowing sounds or behaved in an ungentlemanly like manner. Picasso follows Pablo everywhere and all the other hens love him/her.

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Picasso is on the left and Picasso on the right.

We made a quick video this morning so those of you with rooster knowledge can weigh in. We’ve never had a rooster before, but I’m pretty sure Pablo is a roo, even if he hasn’t made noise. Is it possible to have a nice rooster that doesn’t crow? Have we spoiled him that much?

Let us know what you think.

~Mavis

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Mavis Goes to Costco

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Shut.The.Front.Door.

I think being delusional is one of my best traits. Like when I walked in to Costco yesterday {on a full stomach} and proceeded to shop like a typical housewife living in suburbia. Knowing full well what my grocery budget goals are for 2013, I happily filled my cart with things my family loves.

Monkey Boy about fell over when I grabbed a $5.85 case of peanut butter crackers, and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird’s eyes grew wide as I dropped 96 slices of her favorite Kraft American cheese in our cart.

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I swooped up a 10 pound bag of carrots, and a 20 pound sack of giant russet potatoes.

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I bought the trendy stuff like organic Quinoa, Chobani yogurt, and Dubliner Irish cheese.

And you know what? It felt good. It felt good to be able to walk into a store, and buy exactly what I wanted, and to walk out without any buyers remorse.

And you want to  know why? Because good, quality food, costs money.

Don’t believe me? Just ask yourself when was the last time you saw a coupon for Meyer lemons, delicious apple chicken sausages or your favorite jasmine rice?

News Flash: Good food sells itself. It doesn’t need a coupon or a big ad campaign to get you to buy it. You don’t buy it because it’s on sale, or you have a coupon. You buy it because you like it, and it makes you feel good when you eat it.

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Ahhh yes. Change is in the air. Can you feel it?

~Mavis

P.S. Peanut butter crackers are not considered good, quality, food. Buy hey, they will last Monkey Boy longer than a bag of Doritos.

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Mornings with Mavis – Born Shoes, $2 MP3 Credit, Kitchen Scale, Free Kindle Books and More

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Mornings with Mavis

Well Good Morning! Today is going to be a great day.

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning.

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Free Kindle Books -

The Lemon Book – Natural Recipes and Preparations
Good Eating’s Seasonal Salads: Fresh and Creative Recipes for Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall
The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life
23 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Lunch Recipes 
Compost, Leafmould and Wormeries – a Guide to Home Composting
The Fast Track Guide to Speaking in Public

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

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Amazon currently has the Ozeri Pronto Digital Kitchen and Food Scale on sale for $14.95. The reviews on this scale are awesome.

staub cookware deals

Are you a Staub Snob? Because One Kings Lane is having a rockin’ sale for Staub cookware.

New One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.  With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

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Amazon is offering a FREE $2 MP3 credit when you answer a quick question and share it with friends and family on Facebook.  Head over HERE to get your  FREE Amazon $2 mp3 credit.

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Do you have some apologizing to do after the holidays? This Knock Knock Nifty Notes Apology Pad should come in handy. Amazon currently has it in stock for $4.50. have you seen their stuff before? It’s pretty funny.

Boc Born Shoe sale deals

Zulily is has some great Born shoes on sale. If you have ever worn Born shoes before you know how incredibly cozy these are. I just ordered the born loafers. Yummalicious! I think they’ll go great with dark jeans.

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Kids Carhartt is also on sale!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

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REI Outlet currently has the Men’s White Sierra Paradise Cove Wind Jacket  on sale for only $19.93.

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There are also a few Paradise Cove jackets left for woman as well. Go HERE to take a look. Don’t forget, REI offers FREE in store Shipping!

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This Sunday there will be 6 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. Holy Cow! Head on over HERE to see what coupons will be available.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine for only $3.99 a year when you use code 7853 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/3/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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If you drink Nescafe, here are a few printable coupons for you.

Save $2.00 off when you buy any TWO NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE 7oz canisters and larger
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Alright, I’m off to go make some Malt O Meal.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Easy Side Dish Recipes – Roasted Green Beans

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Finished Green Beans

Looking for a simple way to use up some of those frozen vegetables from the garden?  I highly recommend roasting them. Instead of potentially mushy and flavorless veggies, you get a crispy and delicious side dish–perfect with any meal.  {I’ve used this method on a ton of different frozen veggies, and they’ve all turned out delightful}.

Ingredients

Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Coat a pan with olive oil {NO Silpat this time, can you believe it?}.  This is not the time to be stingy with the oil, you want a good 2-3 tbsp.  Toss frozen green beans on the pan, sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.   I like to take the more is more approach with the seasoning amounts, but let’s just call it a season to taste approach.  Use a spatula to turn the green beans on the pan.  This will coat them with olive oil and mix in the seasonings.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, to desired level of crispiness.  Turn once while baking.

I know the recipe sounds ridiculously simple, but if you haven’t prepared veggies this way before, you should give it a try.

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Looking for more awesome recipes using REAL FOOD? Check out Tender by Nigel Slater. It’s a comprehensive, deeply personal, and visually stunning guide to growing and cooking vegetables from Britain’s foremost food writer, with more than 400 recipes and extensive gardening notes. Go HERE for Tender.

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Easy Kitchen Tips – How to Make Fluffier Rice and Prevent Stickiness

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Rice

I love rice.  It’s fairly cheap and makes a great filler to any meal.  So, when I stumbled upon this little nugget of wisdom, I thought I’d better give it a try:  add one teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water when cooking rice.  (It’s supposed to keep rice fluffy and prevent sticking.)

I added it right to the water in my rice cooker.  I wasn’t using a full quart of water, so I cut the recipe in half, using 2 cups of water and a 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice.    The results?  Perfect fluffy rice, with zero trace of a lemon taste!  Who knew?

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Want to make life even easier?  Amazon currently has my favorite Amora Rice Cooker in stock and ready to ship. Just add water, lemon juice, and rice and walk away–no babysitting a boiling pot {and no burnt popcorn smell if you happen to forget about the pot–which, I have, of course, never done!  Ha!}.

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