Janji Running Apparel Review- Run for Another (With a Discount Code!)

I remember the first time I saw the Janji brand (based in Brookline, MA) — I was working a booth for ZOOMA Cape Cod, and they were set up right across the way. After hearing the story of this socially conscious brand, I fell in love. Their motto – Run for Another- reflects their mission to provide clean water for those that need it most.

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“Janji” means “promise” in Malay, and the companies promise is to help alleviate the water crisis in many countries. There are over 700 million people in the world who do not have access to clean water. Each time you purchase a Janji piece, a portion of the proceeds goes to providing clean water for those in developing countries through various non-profit organizations like Water.org.

Janji works to provide clean water in the following countries (which have accompanying apparel lines): Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, and some locations in the United States.

There are so many great looking running shirts, shorts, and accessories in the Janji collection— all reflecting the vibrant colors of the nations for which they help to provide water. I chose to review the women’s Ethiopia Ombre shirt because I fell in love with colors and the fact that the purchase of each shirt provides a year of clean drinking water to a person in Ethiopia.

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Janji has generously provided me with a discount to share with my readers– you can use the code “Jessica Morrison” for 20% off any order, and use “jmorrison” for 30% off Women’s Ethiopia Ombre Shirt. You even get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45. So go shopping for new running gear and help provide others with clean drinking water– it’s a WIN-WIN. :-)

30 Something Mother Runner received a Women’s Ethiopia Ombre Shirt to facilitate this review. All writing and opinions are 100% my own. 

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ZOOMA Cape Cod 2015 Training Kickoff

ZOOMA Ambassador 2015

ZOOMA Cape Cod 2015 is just a few months away and time to start training if you haven’t already! I have been doing my long runs, but ready to take my half marathon training and kick it into high gear. :-) ZOOMA is hosting a training kick-off hosted by my awesome friend and fellow blogger Nancy. It will be on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Marathon Sports in Yarmouth (484 Station Avenue). The group run will start at 6:15 p.m.

In addition to running with some cool peeps, there will be a registration discount code (you can always use JESSICAM15 for 10% off your race entry) and raffle prizes. If you would like to attend the training kick-off, please click HERE to RSVP, so they know how many people to expect. :-)

30 Something Mother Runner is a ZOOMA Cape Cod 2015 Ambassador. 

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Quick and Easy Dips for Your Next Cookout!

 

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It’s finally BBQ season!:-)  I love having people over for cookouts, dinners, cocktail, parties, etc., so I always have a good rotation of appetizers at the ready. Chips and dip is one of my favorites, because it’s so easy to prepare and popular among guests.

Rather than just putting out your standard chips and ranch dip, I like to make it a little different, Instead of plain old potato chips, I use cracked pepper and sea salt (we love Kettle chips), bruschetta trips, pita chips, or a multi-grain chip like Late July Sea Salt Seashore multigrain chips (local Cape Cod company!). I love that Late July snacks are organic and are Non-GMO project certified!

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I use plain yogurt (usually Greek) in place of sour cream in my dips and baking (Stonyfield of course!). It’s a great way to make your dip healthier and give it a little more protein at the same time! I guarantee nobody will miss the sour cream. 😉

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Here are some of my favorite quick and easy dips (from Pinterest) to inspire you for your next cookout:

30 Something Mother Runner is a Stonyfield Blogger, and as such received coupons for Stonyfield yogurt and one package of Late July snacks. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

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Running in Humidity – How to Deal With It!

Helpful Hints for Running in Humid WeatherI am going to preface this post by saying that “I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WARMTH.” After this winter, I vowed that I would not utter a negative word about the warmer weather when it finally arrived. The super warm weather has not arrived, but the humidity has!

It’s amazing what a difference the humidity level can have on an average run, let alone a race! 😉 I put a list of helpful tips together for running in humidity that is arriving for most of us:

  • Don’t overdress! I can’t tell you how many times I see people out running in the heat and humidity, and they are WAY overdressed for the temperatures. Always dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer. There’s a great what-to-wear tool that Runner’s World put together HERE.
  • Hydrate– Make sure you are well-hydrated before your run. While it’s great to take water along with you, it’s even more important to make sure you are hydrated before you head out.
  • Slow Your Pace If Needed— LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! I put this in caps because it’s so important for so many different reasons. If you are feeling sluggish or overheated, take a walk break or slow your pace. It’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down. If you don’t listen, you will find yourself in a lot of trouble. Run by feel, not by pace or time.
  • Head Indoors— Sometimes it’s just too hot and humid, and you need to head indoors for a workout. I know it’s not most people’s favorite, but you gotta do what you gotta do! Here are  some great treadmill workouts.
  • Exercise in the Early Morning or Evening Hours— If the humidity is high and the temps are high as well, try heading out for your run in the early morning hours or in the evening after the sun has set. When the humidity is very high, lower temps can make it much more bearable.
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The Last Day of School is Finally Here!

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Photo Credit: Clarke Morrison

It seemed like it would never come, but the last day of school has finally arrived in the Morrison household. While my five year-old finished preschool earlier this month, my first grader had to go to school until today due to the extra 5 days added for snow. :-(

I packed my last school lunch yesterday, since today is a half day – woot woot! No more lunch packing duties until after Labor Day! We are gearing up for a fun-packed summer with a focus on maximizing beach days and not adhering to much of a schedule. I feel like things have been so scheduled out during the school year that I am looking forward to not having much to do…I think it’s a very welcome change.

A few weeks ago, I asked my seven year-old if he wanted to sign up for any sports camps, and he just said to me “No, I really don’t want to do anything except go to the beach and relax.” Well, said son! :-) Sounds like a plan I can get on board with. Aside from lots of beach days, we will be taking some day trips to places like Water Country and Six Flags. It’s actually nice to be able to live in a place that many come to visit for summer vacation– we don’t have to go anywhere!

I am sure that the next two months will fly by, but right now, I look forward to savoring each and every day without the morning rush of school days. Then again, ask me next week, and I might say something different! 😉

What are your plans for summer?

 

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Weekend Long Runs and Time for Water Country (with a Discount)!

I had a beautiful long run this weekend with my running partner. We met early in the morning and ran up to Falmouth Heights and then back along the water. It was such a gorgeous morning, and it was nice to kick off ZOOMA Cape Cod training! If you still haven’t registered yet, do so before it sells out– you can use the code “JESSICAM15” for 10% off either race distance (there’s a 10k and a half marathon).

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The week after July 4th, the family and I will be headed back to Water Country for our second year in a row! I am crossing my fingers for good weather this year–it was so nice and sunny last year! Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Water Country covers 26 acres, with New England’s largest wave pool (700,000 gallons) and so many fun water activities for the whole family!

One of our favorites last year was the 1/4 mile float on Adventure River. There’s also a great area for smaller kids, where they can ride their first water slide on Ollie Octopus and splash around in the Tahiti Tree House. We had one of the pool suite cabanas last year near the Pirate Lagoon, but there are now cabanas near the Giant Wave Pool too.

You can make reservations by clicking HERE. New for this year are electronic lockers, a refurbished Tahiti Tree House, and new additions to the menu at Water Country’s various eating establishments. 

Water Country has provided bloggers with a special discount code for our readers. Just click HERE to save $3 on general admission (discounted price is $35.99 per person) until September 7.

30 Something Mother Runner received 4 complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing the above information with my readers. All writing and opinions are 100% my own. 

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Loving My Wendell August Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet

I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

A few weeks ago, I received a Wendell August Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet from Wendell August, and I’m in LOVE! I fell in love with the design, but also the fact that it is made of upcycled excess aluminum metal pieces. Designed by Emily Hendrie, the inside of the cuff bracelet incorporates Wendell August’s popular hydrangea pattern.

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The bracelet is 6 1/2 inches long and can be monogrammed if desired. I chose to use my married monogram, and I love how it turned out (see pics!). I wear it often, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on it! :-)

The Wendell August brand has been around since 1925 and are American-made (yet another reason to love them!). Perusing the site, you will find a variety of gifts for any occasion as well as beautiful jewelry pieces. Each item is unique and hand-crafted by artisans in their Pennsylvania workshop. If you have an upcoming wedding, graduation, anniversary, or just need a hostess gift, I would encourage you to check out their huge selection of one-of-a-kind gifts!

You can find more information on Wendell August and their products on their website, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram profiles.

I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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A Day Trip to Nantucket

Last Friday we headed out on a whirlwind day trip to Nantucket . We left out of Hyannis on the Steamship Authority high speed ferry, so it was a short 1 hour trip! Originally we had decided to leave on the 8:15 a.m. boat, but thankfully logic prevailed and I switched the reservation to the 11:00 a.m. boat.

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Credit: Clarke Morrison

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Credit: Clarke Morrison

We left on a Friday, so we missed out on parking right next to the ferry, but we were just a short shuttle ride away from the Yarmouth Road lot. You get to board first when you have a bike or a stroller, so we were the first on, and the kids couldn’t have been more excited! :-) If you live in the Northeast corridor, the comparison between the regular Steamship Authority boat to Nantucket and their high speed ferry is kind of like the Amtrak regional to NYC and the Acela.

After boarding the ferry, we picked a nice table with bench seating, so we could all sit together. We hit up the snack bar for some eats. I love that they had a lot of healthy options like fruit cups, yogurt, hummus and pretzels, etc. :-) They also have wine and mixed drinks if you are feeling a little frazzled after making the ferry! 😉

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Credit: Clarke Morrison

We arrived in Nantucket shortly after noon and decided to walk and shop for a bit before heading to lunch down by the water at the Tavern at Harbor Square. It was a warm and sunny day, so it was actually nice to dine on the upper level–there was more of a breeze.

Clarke decided to take the boys to the playground at Children’s Beach, (where he got to meet up with a college friend who lives on the island!) while my mother, my aunt, and I got to go shopping! :-) We spent about an hour and a half perusing the many stores of downtown Nantucket. There are so many cute shops in downtown Nantucket, but be prepared to bring some major cash, because items are pricey!

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Credit: Clarke Morrison

When we had finished shopping, we headed over for some homemade ice cream from the Juice Bar. If you are in downtown Nantucket, their ice cream is AWESOME. Bring cash because they don’t take debit cards. They also make phenomenal smoothies!

We did some souvenir shopping at Four Winds and then headed back on the 6:00 p.m. ferry– enjoying a cocktail on the ride! It was a beautiful day to travel over and we had a great ride on the fast ferry! I would definitely recommend it for your trip over. For more information on schedules, reservations, and fares, click HERE.

30 Something Mother Runner received 5 complimentary tickets on the Steamship Authority fast ferry to Nantucket. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

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Family Friendly Local Race This Weekend – Falmouth Flag Day 5K

If you are looking for a great family-friendly race in the Falmouth area, check out the Falmouth Flag Day 5K! The race will take place Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m., starting at the Falmouth Heights ball field. The weather looks perfect! :-)

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Online registration for the 5th Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K Walk/Run Friday, June 12. Visit www.FalmouthFlagDay5K.org. Paper registration will be available at Marathon Sports in Mashpee Commons, 11 Greene Street on Saturday, June 13 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There you will receive a 20 percent discount coupon for anything in the store.

OR, you can sign up on race morning from 8:30 to 9:30 in the British Beer Company, 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth Heights 02540.

This is a true family fun event, with medals for all finishers 17-and-under, free tickets to Falmouth’s beautiful Carousel of Light, age-group prizes, kids sprint races before the 5K at 8:45, food and beverages.

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My Most “REAL” Race Experience

In honor of the Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove campaign, I am sharing my most “REAL” race experience. I chose to share about a race that didn’t go as planned, because sometimes in life that happens. You pick yourself up and move on, and you don’t let it hold you back. Just like #REALwomenmove, we also have some “real” experiences. When I started this blog, it was important to me to share the good, the bad, and the ugly about my running (and the rest of my life!). So here’s my “real” race story…

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Flash back to 3 years ago, when I decided once again to run the Falmouth Road Race. It was a rainy morning–the rain had been falling most of the morning leading up to the 10 a.m. race start. I wore a trash bag to keep myself from getting soaking wet while walking to the shuttle buses and standing in the corral for the start.

The start time was delayed about a half hour to pump water off one of the roads on the course–that’s how much water had fallen! It was crazy! Shortly before the start the rain stopped, but it was still ridiculously humid. I started off feeling okay for the first mile or two. The first tip off that it was going to be a tougher race was seeing one of the elites already walking off the course after the first mile.

I powered through the first few miles somewhat uneventfully, but with each step I felt worse. I hit the stretch of the course along Surf Drive, and the sun came out. Now all of the stagnant humid air got hotter, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. My face started to flush hardcore. I usually get pretty sweaty when I run, but it was unbearable how hot I felt. I looked to my right and saw one of the Kenyan masters runners jogging slowly next to me.

It was probably unfortunate that my house is very close to the 4 mile mark on the race course. I moved myself to the left hand side of the road and started to walk to cool down. I looked at my phone to check the temperature and found that it was 92% humidity!

I may have been able to power through another few miles, but instead I chose to listen to my body— it was screaming at me to stop. I found out later that a number of people had to be taken to the medical tent for heat stroke and one runner was actually found unconscious along the course with a very high temp!

While that year’s Falmouth Road Race wasn’t what I had hoped for, it was a learning experience and it helped me feel better about listening to my body. Finishing the race wasn’t worth my health. In my book, running is a lot of peaks and valleys and it’s just as much about the crappy experiences as it is the PRs and memorable races.

The subpar experiences can teach you a lot about yourself and what you need to focus on to improve. We all have #REAL race experiences that we might rather forget, but that’s a runner’s life and it makes the standout races that much sweeter!

The moral of the story is, keep it real mother runners. #REALwomenmove.

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