10 Minute Craft: DIY Writing Journal

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I wanted to quickly share a quick DIY Writing Journal.  You only need a couple of items to get started.  Here we go...

 - Writing Journal - similar one here
 - Alphabet Stickers - I used Meri Meri Alphabet Gold Glitter Stickers, you can find them here
 - Ruler
 - Pencil


Select the your word and just start from the middle, that seems to work best for me.  Using the ruler will make it a little easier for you.  If you need to draw a line to keep the letters level, draw it really light so its easy to erase.

That's it.  Here's your 10 minute craft.  Love these.  See you soon.

Running Recap - Feb 7th - Feb 20th

Last week I felt so worn out.  I fell asleep at 8:30PM each night and I could not figure of why.  My eyes would just start closing...I could not control it.  I thought I was maybe not feeling well.

As I'm looking at my stats from last week, I worked out or ran everyday...whoa!  There was so much stress at work I guess I felt like working out would make me feel better.  No wonder I'm sore, and tired and sooooo hungry.  While I love bootcamp, I had a hard 5 mile run on Saturday.  I'm going to keep a schedule and stick to it and make changes for any training.  I also decided no more working out on Fridays - Friday is now for relaxing and a standing date night with my husband.
I am, however so proud of myself.  But working out too much can cause injury, so I need to be a little careful.  I hope you are having a great Monday.

2016 3M Half Marathon Recap

The day's leading up to the race I found myself a little nervous - well, ok, a lot nervous.  Even the night before I went outside to look at the full moon and just BE.  It was nice.

The morning of the alarm went off at my usual time.  I ate of couple of crackers with peanut butter on them and a banana.  I rode with the a friend who played jazz music in the car and that made me feel really peaceful.  Had a short wait at the porta-potty line.  And we head to the starting line.  Saw so many friends!


We start.  I didn't want music.  That's ok.  The sunrise is amazing.  And thousands of bright colored shirts and jackets going up only one of two hills in the race.  I love seeing the sun rise on runs but sharing this with thousands more was something special.

Here were my thoughts, mile by mile.

Mile one.  This is just a regular run with my running partner.  I think I'm getting a little excited. Wow. The first mile went really fast.

Mile two.  Wow! Nuun is a sponsor - look at all of the Nuun cups on the ground.  So happy I'm not picking up that mess!

Mile three.  Not bad...ugh the sun is so bright, these sunglasses are not helping me one bit. That was fast.

Miles four - six.  Ok, I'm getting tired.  I want to pace a little better.  Too fast?  Not sure.  You can do this. There is a lady I've been along side the entire time.  She says hello.  Awwww that's sweet.  We chat about we think we might cross the finish line together.

Mile seven.  I feel really good - I just want to go, but afraid of using all my energy.  I see a sign, I want to read it because it has Donald Trump's face on the front, but I can't because the best sign is right behind it - THIS IS EASIER THAN BURPIES!  This is so true!!! Keep on pace, great job.

Mile eight.  Wow!  Beef team.  They are loud.  Love seeing them on this course.  Whaaaaat?!?!?  I see my bootcamp instructor and other other running friends.  Huge hugs...so comforting.  I wanted to stay there with them.  ok, let's walk a little.  Wait, what, did I feel something in my leg?  NO way, right??

Mile nine.   There goes my runner partner, she's much faster than I am.  It's now just me and my music. We are on our own.  But it's ok, I still have the lady I've never met.  She is still with me.

Mile ten.  Take a picture.  Do not leave this spot until you get this picture. Ok, got it.  I wanted to kick that sign right in the face. Keep going.  Wait - I do feel something in my leg.  Just keep going. You've come this far, can't stop now.  This time last year I cried two times by this point, so far no tears. That's good.  {Last year I started to cramp at mile 10 and had to walk the rest of the race, so I have a love hate relationship with mile 10.}

Mile eleven.  I'm going to push.  Don't think about how your legs feel.  It's fine, just keep going.  It's fine, just keep going.  I should make this into a song...

Mile twelve.  Really!  Mile 12.  Ok, each time I stop to walk I feel the cramp in my leg.  Running helps, keep running.  Last mile.  You got this.  Turn on music...really loud.  Thanks Bruno, love this song.

Mile thirteen.  MILE 13...whooohooo!  Yes, I can see the finish line. There is my husband.  So glad to see him and he can take my water bottle. I'm almost there...few more steps and DONE.  Arms up...head down. I'm tired.  Yay, there's my running partner.  She's so supportive. There goes those cramps.

Running Recap - Jan 17th - Feb 6th

In the last weeks since I've last posted I've run two races - a half marathon and 10K!  I have race recaps scheduled on the blog this week.  Can't wait to share.  I'm thinking of signing up for more races - I will keep you posted. I do, however need to work on getting a little faster.  My bootcamp instructor and running partner are sharing a few tips and we are working to help me reach to my goals.  By the way, they are both amazing marathoners.

Here are the updates:

Since I've started to recored my steps, I can completely tell when I work from home.  My steps for the day are a lot lower.  I sit the entire time when working from home. When I'm in the office, I'm running around most of the day, I also park at the back of the parking lot...it's about 200 steps to my desk from the car each way.  On days when I run, my steps are amazing.  Do any of you have other clever ways to get in more steps each day?

Small Business Spotlight: Miss Tiina + Coupon Code

Miss Tiina Illustration + Design
Digital Planners + calendars + clipart + stamps +more

I have purchased several items from Miss Tiina for personal use.  I love her use of color and her style is just my style.  This year I needed a way to keep up with everything blogging.  While I do keep a separate Lifestyle Planner, I usually don't add any of my blogging items into that planner.  So, Miss Tiina to the rescue.  

She offers lots of awesome planner options in her shop.  Click here to take a look.  You are able to purchase her entire planner or parts of the planner.  I ordered the Everyday Planner Pages.  I didn't think I would use the rest of the planner.  I love the Bi-Weekly Pages.  I also purchased the To Do Lists Pages and I think the Project Pages will come in handy for blog projects that will require a little more research and planning.  

She often runs specials so don't forget to follow her blog.  She is offering a amazing discount code now.  Use tisascreations to save 50% OFF all etsy orders! Valid thur Feb 2016!
Please note, this is a non-sponsored post. All photos belong to the MissTiina site and tisa's creations
I hope you take some time to check out her site.

Humorous Notepads

I'm so excited, we've partnered with Jane again to bring you a special price on our notepads!  Almost 40% off!

These are great!
  • oh crap, I forgot NOTEPAD! 
  • crap to do NOTEPAD!
So funny - so true. I forget things all the time. These are perfect for friends, moms, office workers or anyone else you can think of...
Includes 1 (ONE) notepad.
50 sheets per pad
Measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches