Mavis and the Tacoma St. Patrick’s Day 10k Race

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tacoma st patricks day race run

My {camera shy} friend and I headed out early this morning to run/walk/jog {mostly walk} the Tacoma St. Patrick’s Day 10k race. There was a time limit of 1 hour 20 minutes, and without any training {except gardening} our only goal was to finish it before they started to tear down the road signs the the officers directing traffic went home.

dog in tutu

There were people with dogs, strollers, kids, and my favorite, senior citizens.

tacoma st patricks day 10 k race

After about 200 yards we spotted an elderly woman {in her 80′s?} and I said to my friend, let’s try and beat grandma. And so for the next 6.2 miles we tried to keep grandma in sight.

1 mile race marker

At the mile 1 marker we were pretty surprised at our time. In order to finish the race within the allowed time frame we had to come in under a 13 minute pace.

10:11? Not bad, not bad at all. Sure, there was a big downhill, and the people at the Boston marathon run their miles in less than half that, but hey, I think for a couple of moms with no time to train, we were doing pretty good.

2 mile race marker

Shut the front door!

elf on a shelf

I think I forgot to mention Ernesto came along for the ride as well. Even though St. Patrick’s Days is more for leprechauns, we didn’t want him to feel left out so we brought him along. I tried to keep his elf costume dry by shoving him in my sports bra. By the smile on his face, I think he liked it.

mile 3 race marker

Sweet diggety!

mile 4 race marker

Around this time I told my friend we totally should have signed up for the half marathon. She just laughed.mile 5 race marker

Still hanging in there.

finish line

If you’ve never been passed by a senior citizen at the finish line before, it’s pretty awesome.

I think our time was somewhere around 1 hour 11 minutes {we were towards the back of the line when the race started} so I’m guessing we finished with an 11:30 pace or so. Not super fantastic, but hey, we had fun, and we FINISHED! What more could we ask for?

st patricks day water guy race

Water guy.

free banana

Free banana.tacoma st patricks day run 2013

Training… we don’t need no stinkin’ training!

Life is short. Go out there and have some fun!

~ Mavis

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“No-Poo” – How to Wash Your Hair without Shampoo

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 diy shampoo and conditioner

Okay everyone, I need a little advise.

I’ve gotten a few emails over th past few months about people who have gone shampoo-free and are loving it. My first thought was that my hair would be a greasy, stinky mess–fit only for squirrels and raccoon  but after reading a little more about it, I admit,  I like the idea of being more self-reliant.  I also like the idea of being more natural with my approach.  But, I am a little skeptical.  I mean, we are talking about turning our back on a pretty widely accepted norm.

For those of you who think I am nuts {which you are right, but for entirely different reasons than not shampooing}, the no-poo revolution is basically a revolt against using chemical detergents to clean your hair.  It offers a safe, effective, and CHEAP way to clean your mane.

I haven’t tried it yet personally, but all you need is two simple ingredients:  baking soda and vinegar {white or apple cider}.

How to wash your without shampoo:

To shampoo, rub about a tablespoon of baking soda into wet hair and on your scalp.  Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse.  To condition, mix a tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of water into a squirt bottle {most of the options show a picnic type mustard bottle, but I am sure a water bottle would work too}.  Squirt mixture onto hair, again, let sit for a couple of minutes and rinse.  Voila, done.

So, before I jump onto the no-poo bandwagon, I have to ask, does your hair smell like a tossed salad?

Is there a transition period? Or will I wonder why I ever bothered with store-bought shampoo and conditioner in the first place?

Would YOU ever go shampoo-free?

Mavis wants to know!

 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Mini Farming Self-Sufficiency

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

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Recipes

 

zinnia seeds

Tips and Tricks

fresh produce

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Running Shorts, Zaycon, Coupons, David & Goliath Kids T-shirts

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Happy Saturday! I’m headed out the door to go pick up my friend so we can crawl across the finish line this morning at the Tacoma St. Patrick’s Day 10k race. We are not racing for time {clearly!} but we do want to finish before they take down all the timing equipment. Ha! Then it’s off to the SeattleTilth Plant sale.

Have a great day whatever your plans are, and thanks for stopping by this morning.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

 ~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…
101 Soup, Salad & Sandwich Recipes $1.99 Awesome Reviews!!
How To Grow More Vegetables FREE
Weekend Homesteader: April $0.99
50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew FREE
Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys $2.51
Caveman Family Favorites FREE
Happy Hens: A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

Amazon currently has the Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator on sale for $30.24 shipped! I like to use mine to make homemade apple chips!

David & Goliath Kids

Totsy has David & Goliath Kids T-shirts for $9 each! This is a smokin’ hot deal!

boc born shoe sale

Zulily just added more stock to their popular Boc by Born shoe sale. These deals are hot, hot, hot and if you have never worn Born shoes before they are super comfortable.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

kids garden tools

Looking for some garden tools for the little ones? Amazon currently has the Toysmith Kid’s 3-Piece Garden Tool Set on sale for $6.31 and the tools have awesome reviews.

Marmot Zoom Soft-Shell Jacket

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Marmot Zoom Soft-Shell Jacket for $72.93 shipped. The regular price on this jacket is $150, so that’s more than half off!

tinyprints 10 free cards

For one week only you can get 10 FREE Graduation Announcements or Invitations from Tiny Prints. Check out their 300 designs and make sure to use the code GRAD2013 at checkout to get the cards for free. You only have to pay for shipping, which starts at $4.50

reebok shorts and tanks

Reebok has some great deals in their clearance section. Running shorts and tanks as low as $19.99 shipped!

zaycon-foods-chicken-across-america

There are only a few days left to place your order for Zaycon boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.79/lb. It’s a great way to stock up on chicken. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $71.60. I know 40 pounds sounds like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but this is a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor {I’ve done that before with my neighbor Girly Girl}.

Go HERE to get your Zaycon Chicken

magazine deals discounts couponsDiscount Mags is having a HUGE St.Patrick’s Day Sale with 36 magazine on sale starting at $4.99 for a 1 year subscription. Some of my favorite magazines –> Urban Farm, Garden & Gun, House Beautiful and Saveur are includedThis deal will expire tonight 3/16/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

watsons gardening classes

Watsons Garden Center in Puyallup is having a Vegetable Gardening 102 class today at 10 am and 1 pm if you are interested. They have an awesome garden center with oodles and oodles of plants.

Today only Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the woman’s New Balance 580 running shoe on sale. This shoe retails for $69.99 and is available today for only $24.99.

$1.00 off (1) package of Campbell's Go Soup$0.55 off any ONE (1) package of Armour Pepperoni
$0.50 off 1 LAND O LAKES Half Stick Butter
$2.00 off any Yes to item

There are new coupons available for Campbell’s Soup, Armour Pepperoni, Land O Lakes Butter and Say Yes products.

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1 Year Subscription to Urban Farm Magazine Only $4.99!

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It’s Baaaaack!

DiscountMagsis having a St. Patrick’s Day sale with 36 magazine starting at $4.99 for a 1 year subscription. My favorite deal is Urban Farm Magazine for only $4.99 a year. I love this magazine! Learn how to grow you own food in the space you have!

Urban Farm Magazine is guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

Go HERE to order Urban Farm Magazine.

*This special rate will be live through midnight 3/17/2013 (EST). You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a wonderful magazine at an amazing price.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Alone in the Wilderness

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I have watched Alone in the Wilderness on PBS at least 20 times {no joke}.

It is soooo well-made, I just can’t get enough of it.  I always get a little giddy when I see it’s going to be on.  It is about a man, Dick Proenekke, who decides at age 51 to see if he can, well, live “alone in the wilderness” of Alaska. Dick films his adventures himself, and keep in mind, it is done in the 1980′s, so it is a little gritty at times, but he is smart, well-spoken, and resourceful.  Every time I watch it, a little piece of me wishes I could go off of the grid and live off the land myself.

alone in the wilderness book

If you can’t find it on your local PBS station, Alone in the Wilderness is available on Amazon in both book and video format.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix + Apple Pie Recipe

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DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix

I made an apple pie this morning with all those yummy granny smith apples I found in the reclaimed food boxes this week. I used  my favorite recipe for DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix and I thought I’d share it with you. This recipe makes enough for 2 apple pies and let me tell you Bob, someone should really invent smellavision, because this combination of spices is awesome!

Here is the recipe:

DIY Apple Pie Spice Ingredients

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until well-combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

how to make apple pie recipe

Here is my favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:

Ingredients for filling

6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 tablespoon apple pie spice mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
1 egg {for egg wash}

Ingredients for the Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup vegetable shorting {I used Crisco}
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold water

Directions 

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees

Combine pie crust ingredients together, divide in half, roll into a ball, use the palm of your hand to flatten crust to about 1 inch. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Roll out 1 crust and line a pie plate with it.

Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat.  Pour filling into crust lined pie plate and add second {flattened} crust. Crimp edges of pie crust together and brush with egg wash.

Pace on a lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until juices are bubbling.

Cool. Serve with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream or whipping cream.

Looking for a cool pie plate? Amazon has these ones in stock and ready to ship.

If you haven’t tried my recipe for Apple Pie Jam, you really need to. It’s freakin’ awesome if I do say so myself.

Have  a great weekend everyone!

~Mavis

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Lucy the Puggle Dog – Growth Spurts

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puggle puppy tan

Earlier this week Lucy the Puggle dog was chowing down constantly and couldn’t seem to get her fill of dog food. I’ve been feeding her a combination of soft and dry Blue Buffalo dog food, so there wasn’t any sort of change food wise. But she just could not stop eating, and I didn’t understand why.

And then, all the sudden she slowed way down and ate practically nothing for 2 days. Instead of eating, she slept. And slept and slept and slept.

lucy the puggle dog

She even stopped chewing on my pant legs she was so tired.

puggle puppy

And then yesterday it was raining, so I reached for her dog coat. And then it hit me. The coat fit. When I had first bought it a few weeks ago it was so small it wouldn’t even stay on her. But now, the coat was nice and snug. Ahhh, she’s just going through a growth spurt. I get it. This is totally normal.

growth spurts in puggle puppies

So then I started to wonder. When do dogs actually stop growing? Is every bred different, or are their some general guidelines? And I have one more question. What do you think about the microchip thing? Does YOUR dog wear a collar or did you have a chip implanted in them?

Lucy’s next vet visit isn’t for a few more weeks, but I wanted to know what you thought about the issue.  I’d be grateful for any advise.

~Mavis

 

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Fitness Friday – 7 Weeks to go Until the Tacoma City Marathon

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asics running shoes

Have you ever planned on doing something only to put it off until the last possible minute?

Nah, I’m sure you are totally perfect, and totally follow through with every crazy thing you set your mind to do. Right?

Oh.My.Word.

Remember how I said I was going to run/walk/jog the Tacoma City Marathon on May, 5th 2013? Sure I signed up, and Jen from Clif Bar even sent me a giant care package of clif bars so I’d have some fuel for all my training. Well guess what?

clif bar team package

I kind of ate {most} of the Clif Bars, but kind of sort of forgot {?} about the whole training part.

Okay, so many I didn’t exactly forget about the training part. Maybe it’s been nagging at me every single day since I signed up. Maybe, just maybe with every single bite of one of those magical Clif Bars I totally felt guilty I was sitting at home on my keester eating instead of outdoors exercising.

Perhaps I woke up every morning with the intentions of exercising, but after a long day of blogging, gardening, cooking, and taking care of pets,  maybe I sort of ran out of TIME TO EXERCISE.

Yes, I know, it’s the oldest excuse in the book.

Seriously it is.

So what am I going to do about it? What is my plan B?

tacoma st. patricks day run

So a few days ago I did the only thing I could think of {besides actually exercising}.

I called my friend and casually said, “Hey, you want  do the Tacoma St. Patrick’s day run with me on Saturday?”

How far is it?

Well, there is a 1/2 marathon, 10K, and a 5 K.

I’ll do the 5k.

Maybe we should just do the 1/2 marathon? I mean, we’ve done half marathons before with only 2 weeks of training. How hard could it be? We just have to keep moving. Plus I still have some Panera Gift cards left from Christmas, we can go to lunch afterwards. It will be fun.

Are you on soccer mom crack again? I’m not doing no ***** half marathon this Saturday. You are out of your mind.

You’re no fun. How about the 10K then?

On the website it says NO WALKERS. I can’t even run a half mile, how am I suppose to run 6.2?

Look closer, it says there is a 13:00 pace time limit. We can do that. We can fast walk and move our arms a lot so it looks like we are running slowly. We can totally beat those stroller moms!

How much training have you done.

Umm, in the last 6 weeks? None.

You’re nuts.

Yes, but you are still talking to me, so clearly you are considering it.

Fine. Sign me up. But I’m not running.

Don’t worry, we will be fine. All we have to do is finish at a 13:00 minute per mile pace. We can totally do that.

I need caller id. {sound of the phone hanging up}.

tacoma st paddy's day run

I picked up our race packets last night. Wahoooo!

I know I’m totally crazy to think I can still pull this off, but I’m in it to win finish it, and you can’t finish if you don’t start. Right?

Peace Out,

~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 – Kindle Books, K-Cups, Glow In the Dark Stickers and Shoes, Shoes Shoes!

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Sweet diggety, it’s Friday! Are you excited or what? I don’t know about you, but I have my entire weekend out planned out. I’ll be playing all day saturday, and resting {hopefully} all day Sunday. We’ll see how it all pans out.

Be sure and check out the Homesteading Guide For The Garden Homesteader Kindle book. Amazon has it for $1.77 right now and I think it might be perfect for backyard gardener for preserving and saving money.

Peace Out Girl Scout, have a great day!

~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Homesteading Guide For The Garden Homesteader $1.77.
50 Superfoods Green Smoothie Recipes FREE
Vegetable Container Gardening FREE
The Coconut Oil Handbook $2.99
Chicken and Egg $3.99 {Super Awesome!}
Gardening Basics For Dummies $0.99
The Pursuit of Happiness FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

San-Francisco-Bay-Coffee-OneCup-for-Keurig-K-Cup-Brewers-Breakfast-Blend-80-Count_-Amazon.com_-Grocery-Gourmet-Food

Amazon currently has San Francisco Bay Coffee Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Breakfast Blend, 80-Count on sale for $26.12 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out. These work out to be only $0.33 each!

boc born shoe sale

Zulily has some rockin’ deals on Boc by Born Shoes.  I just snagged those black mules for wearing with jeans. These shoes are so unbelievable comfortable and the prices are awesome!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

stride rite shoe sale

Totsy has Stride Rite Shoes on sale for the kiddos with savings up to 50% off.

living social deals

Living Social has some great local and national deals. Here are my favorites:

Neverland Sales 1 pairs of pearl and crystal earrings $15
American Meadows start your own vegetable garden $25
Set of 3 Eco Designer Natural bags $18

lowes 10 coupon

Score a coupon good for $10 off a $50 purchase at Lowe’s or a FREE Tall Caramel or Hazel Macchiato at Starbucks. Go HERE and click the COUPON CODES tab to find the coupon!

glow in the dark stickers

Looking for a great Easter basket filler? Grab these Glow in the Dark Stickers for only $1.68 shipped on Amazon.

frye boot deals

6pm has Frye Boots, bags, and flats on sale with savings of up to 60%.Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

iron gym

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Iron Gym Total Body Fitness Kit for $24.99 shipped!

good housekeeping magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 2511 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/15/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.

  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Smart Source

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

$2.00 off 1 CARNATION Breakfast Essentials productFREE Uncle Ben's Rice Cup with 3 Ready Rice $0.75 off French's Dijon or Honey Dijon Mustard$1.00 off ANY TWO Danimals Squeezables Multipacks $1.00 off ANY TWO Danimals Crunchers™ Multipacks$0.75 off $5.00 in Weight Watchers products
$1.00 off any one EcoTools product
There are a lot of new printable coupons available this morning, be sure and check them out.

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