How to Keep Mom Sun Safe this Summer with Coolibar

As the mother of 3 boys who could rival Casper the friendly ghost with their skin tone, I am well versed in slathering on the sun block and keeping them protected from too much sun. Even though I am super vigilant with them, I can sometimes get lax with my own sun safety, and I’m not okay with it.

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If you’ve hung around this blog for long enough, you will know that I lost my stepfather to an almost five-year long battle with melanoma. I know all too well the dangers of melanoma, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I don’t spend time sun bathing, but I love to run outside and take the kids to the beach, so I have to be careful with my own skin. This spring, Coolibar approached me about trying out some of their sun safe clothing, and I’m in love with their functional, yet super stylish, clothing to keep you sun safe.

I had the opportunity to try out the ZnO Oceanside Tunic Dress (I chose the Moroccan Coral color which is gorgeous!) beach cover up and and the SmartStraw Monaco Sun Hat (wide-brimmed hats are hot for this season by the way!). I fell in love with the print on my beach cover-up, and it’s so cute that I have actually worn it as a dress too. It comes in several bright colors, and it embodies the boho vibe that is the rage for this summer and fall!

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Coolibar is a company based in Minneapolis that has helped bring Australia’s sun protective technologies for clothing here to the U.S. I love that they guarantee the SPF 50+ protection of their clothing for the life of the garment. Coolibar also gives back to sun safety causes in a number of different ways through Coolibar Cares.

They work with SunAWARE to help disseminate educational information on the dangers of skin cancer and how to prevent it. Coolibar also supports a number of non-profit groups like AIM at Melanoma, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, and the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation.

For more information on Coolibar and to check out their AWESOME products, click HERE.

30 Something Mother Runner received the ZnO Oceanside Tunic Dress and the SmartStraw Monaco Sun Hat for the purpose of this review. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

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A Disney Planes Birthday

We hosted my oldest son’s 7th birthday this past weekend, and he chose to have a Disney Planes birthday party. Thank goodness for a little advance planning, because three birthday parties in the span of 5 weeks can get a little crazy!

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Since we had the party after lunch and before dinner, we served snacks and cupcakes. I like to let the kids indulge, while also providing a healthy snack option. For this party, we had a layered Mexican dip with mango salsa, pita chips and artichoke dip, Dusty’s Dippers, and Pumper’s Popcorn.

My mother provided the delicious layered dip, and it was unbelievably yummy! For Dusty’s Dippers, I cut up carrot and celery sticks and put a dollop of ranch dip in the bottom of a plastic cup. Place the veggie sticks in the cup and you have a healthy appetizer that’s easy for the kids to carry around without making a mess! The grown ups enjoyed having a healthier option too. :-)

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For Pumper’s Popcorn (Pumper is the fire truck from Planes: Fire and Rescue), I bought teal colored snack bags from Michael’s and used orange and white washi tape to dress them up a bit. I filled them with popcorn and stapled them shut for another easy snacking option. The kids could take them out to the back yard easily- WIN! I just used the Cape Cod Sea Salt popcorn to keep it easy.

For all of the tent cards with the snack names on them, I just used a rectangle shape from the Cricut library on my Cricut Explore. For the print, I used the Waltograph font.

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When it came to the dessert, James chose chocolate cupcakes with my go to buttercream frosting (simple vanilla flavor on this one!). I created Cloud Cupcakes by tinting the icing a sky blue and using mini marshmallows for clouds. I purchased these Planes cupcake rings from Amazon and set them above the clouds. They were super easy and a HUGE hit!

My husband created some obstacles for a mini Wings Around the Globe rally in our backyard, to keep the boys’ running! He did a great job! :-) All in all, the Disney Planes birthday party was a success (at least James said so! ;-)).

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Favorite Things Friday ~ Summer Cocktail Edition

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I’m not gong to lie–it’s been a little stressful around here lately with 3 birthday parties, sports, end of school activities, etc. Sometimes a nice cold glass of Chardonnay or a crisp summer cocktail is just what the doctor ordered. :-) In honor of the recent Memorial Day and unofficial start of summer, here is a list of my favorite summer cocktails. Get inspired for cocktail hour tonight!

  • G&T— A gin and tonic is the quintessential summer cocktail. Mention a G&T, and I can instantly see myself lounging on the porch enjoying a cold one. :-) The key to the perfect gin and tonic is a high quality gin. My favorite is Hendricks, but Bombay Sapphire is fine too.
  • Planters Punch— This cocktail was popular in the 70s (a favorite of my mom’s when she was younger). When I was in my twenties, I tried it out for the first time and LOVED it! You make it in a tall glass and you can even add a cute little umbrella and cherry on top! You will find Planters Punch made different ways in different parts of the country and by different bar tenders, but I love this recipe.
  • 007— A refreshing mix of Stolichnaya orange vodka (0), orange juice (o) and 7Up (7), this is great drink to have with a summer brunch (especially if you had a rough night!) or lunch.
  • Sangria— Sangria is a mix of red (or white) wine, brandy, orange liqueur, club soda, and fresh fruit like oranges and apples. It’s best made and served in a pitcher. Like a soup or stew, it tastes even better if you let it sit overnight to let the flavors really mix together.
  • Margarita– Frozen or on the rocks, salt or no salt, a good marg can be perfect on a hot summer day. Homemade sour mix is always best, and make sure to use a 100% agave tequila (Sauza Hornitos is a great moderately priced option) Cue the Jimmy Buffett tunes, and you’ll be feeling fine in no time…

What’s your go-to summer cocktail?

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Finding the Silver Lining

Silver LiningAlmost all of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way, shape or form. Last year, right around this time, the world lost a beautiful mother and light– Jen Sturtevant Meus. Jen was a new mother of twins when she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She was a warrior, and handled cancer like I can only wish I would if I was in the same situation.

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She was an advocate for women with breast cancer (especially metastatic breast cancer). She never wanted people to forget the women who wouldn’t survive their cancer, and were left to mange it on a daily basis. While there was no hope (at the time) for a cure, Jen made sure to remind everyone that it wasn’t a reason to give up.

She always found the positivity in life around her, especially with her beautiful boys, husband, and family. I think of Jen often and she was the inspiration for sharing this post on the Silver Lining Companion Guide. To me, she was the epitome of finding the silver lining.

Because more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S., Allstate is providing a free download of the Silver Lining Companion Guide for breast cancer patients and their families. The Silver Lining Guide is comprehensive and deals with a lot of the obviously difficult aspects of dealing with breast cancer (or any type of cancer for that matter).

Each chapter starts with Lifelines, highlighting the important talking points of the chapter. They are laid out in an informal way, much like talking to a friend. You will also find a section entitled Practical Matters, which has helpful information like Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Testing.

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I think one of the chapters that spoke to me the most was Chapter II (Children Always Know), which provides very insightful and helpful advice for talking about a cancer diagnosis with children. It’s always hard to know how much or how little to share with kids about a cancer diagnosis. This chapter handles the topic beautifully.

If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with breast cancer click HERE and download your free copy of the Silver Lining Guide (there is also a Spanish version). The guide will help empower you and your caregivers as you navigate life with breast cancer.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Stonyfield YoToddler and a Tommee Tippee Giveaway!

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As a Stonyfield YoGetter, our family gets to test out new products AND enjoy our time tested favorites. One of our favorites is YoToddler yogurt. All of my boys have enjoyed YoBaby, and now William is busy enjoying YoToddler yogurt. His favorite flavor is the Strawberry Banana, but he won’t turn down any flavor of Stonyfield! 😉 YoToddler is made with organic whole milk and has omega-3 DHA for growing brains– it’s also a great source of protein and calcium!

It’s been fun watching Will try new foods each day. I love that he’s as adventurous as his two older brothers when it comes to new foods and flavors. The other night he tried a Moroccan red lentil stew and couldn’t get enough of the lentils– they were the perfect finger food! Our third course was yogurt :-)

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Just like his older brothers (and every other kid!) he likes to clean the house when eating. I was excited to receive the Tommee Tippee Easi-Mat in my goodie box, because it actually stays put on the high chair tray! You can attach your Easy Scoop feeding bowls and you’re good to go. The Explora feeding spoons are awesome too– the perfect size for chubby toddler hands and a wide enough tip to keep the food on. :-)

You can enter to win your own Tommee Tippee toddler feeding essentials gift pack that includes bowls, spoons, the Easi-Mat, and insulated sippy cups by using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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30 Something Mother Runner is a Stonyfield YoGetter. 

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Stroller Running Dates

This is the week of stroller running dates. As you have probably surmised from my social media profiles and posts, the Shining Sea Bikeway is my favorite place in the world to run. On Monday I had a stroller running date with another mother runner who has a daughter that is 2 months younger than William.

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Love my BOB! :-)

 

It was so nice to have company for a change, since I have been running solo for a while. It’s so much fun when you find a great running partner in general, so it was a bonus to find a great stroller running partner! We run at the same pace, have kids around the same age, and really get along well– WINNING! :-) We are scheduled to hit the bike path again this Friday together, and I can’t wait!

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In other news, the sports craziness has hit our house hard. We are in the throes of lacrosse season, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the end of practices and games. My two older sons are practice twice a week, and my oldest has games on Sundays. I feel like we are always running around like chickens with their heads cut off! I’m looking forward to the end of school and activities and some SERIOUS beach time. :-)

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View from yesterday’s stroller run!

June is shaping up to be a busy month for us with company that I can’t wait to see including my best friend and her family, my favorite aunt, and my sister, brother-in-law and niece! I can’t wait! :-) Crossing my fingers I make it out of school and sports season in one piece…

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Baby’s First Birthday Brunch!

We had a small first birthday brunch for William a few weeks ago, and it was such a great way to celebrate year one! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE breakfast/brunch, so this gathering was a lot of fun for me to coordinate. Brunch is nice for weekends, because people can come by around 10:00-10:30ish and still have the rest of the day for all of the other assorted activities you get involved in with kids and the house! :-)

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Let’s face it, none of us sleep in any more anyway! With a brunch, all you have to do is get up in the morning, set out your food, plates, drinks, and start hosting. I like to make all of my food the day before if possible, and this party was no exception. I decided to serve a frittata with ham, gruyere, roasted red peppers, and onions. For my frittatas, I use the Pioneer Woman’s recipe as a base and just choose whatever fillings I want to have in it. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with ham and gruyere!

The frittata was the one savory dish: for sweets we had two different types of scones: blueberry and raisin. I bake scones a lot, because they are really easy to prepare. Most people are turned off by grating the butter for them, but I just use the food processor and it’s super quick and easy.

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In addition to the scones, I made blueberry muffins and fruit salad. Everyone had to save room for cake though, because we had a white cake with blueberry butter cream frosting (using this recipe as a base). I assumed everyone would go for the sweets, but the frittata was the most popular (along with the mimosas!). Go figure! :-)

I made the decor simple with spring colors and a banner of William’s monthly pictures. I printed out 4 x 6 pictures of each month and then mounted them on a teal colored card stock. I attached them to colored twine from Michael’s with color coordinated mini clothes pins (also from Michael’s). I love the way it turned out, and I am going to put it with his baby book, so we will at least have a pictorial summary of the first year!

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The brunch was a lot of fun and perfect if you want a low-key, yet intimate get together to celebrate baby’s first!

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Developing a Pre-Race Routine

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Developing a pre-race routine that works for you is crucial to having a positive experience at your next race. You work and train hard for weeks leading up to the event, and the last thing you want to do is sabotage that by failing to prepare yourself on the morning of your race. Here are some of the things I do to help get race-ready on the morning of my event:

  • Eat breakfast early— I ALWAYS make sure that I leave plenty of time after my pre-race breakfast and the start of the race. Make sure that you experiment during training with a meal that works for you, so you don’t have any surprises on race day! 😉 You want to eat something that doesn’t have a ton of fiber and is easily digestible. If you have coffee in the morning, make sure you leave time for it to work its magic.
  • Warm-up— Your warm-up routine should be in sync with the length of the race– you should do a longer warm-up if you are running a half marathon than you would for a 5k. I also like to do some easy stretches after I warm up and then do a few strides.
  • Use VisualizationVisualize yourself running your goal race. If you have a specific personal record (PR) in mind, visualize that number on the race clock at the finish. Imagine yourself running relaxed through the course. You probably think I’m crazy, but visualization works REALLY well. I have done it successfully, as have many other athletes!
  • Lay Out Your Race Day Outfit— Picking the right outfit for race day is crucial to running a comfortable race, literally! Make sure that you have wear tested your race outfit ahead of time during training. You don’t want to discover during your half marathon that your running shorts give you a wedgie! :-) I always have a ton of gear in rotation to make sure that I find a combination that makes me feel comfortable, fast, and stylish. You can check out Zappos for a HUGE selection of running apparel. They are sponsoring Bay to Breakers this year, and there’s some great race gear too! I love that you can get fast and free shipping and that they have a 365 day return policy! I have purchased other clothing items and shoes there too, and I’m always impressed with the 24 hour customer service (holler at them at (800) 927-7671 with any questions or issues). :-)
  • Relax— I know it’s easier said than done, but try to relax your mind and body as much as possible. If you are relaxed, I promise you will run better :-) If you get too anxious before a race, it can cause you to go out to fast, and then you can end up crashing and burning later in the race. Listen to your favorite songs or take some deep breaths after your warm-up and while you wait for the start of the race.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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The #REALWomenMove Campaign and a Free Race Entry!

There are a lot of reasons I love working with Skirt Sports, one of which is their unwavering support for women runners (and women in all other sports!). Skirt Sports recently launched a campaign called #REALwomenmove. The mission statement of the#REALwomenmove campaign is as follows:

We seek to change the perception of women and fitness by showing the world that being fit comes in all forms

The mission statement resonates with me for many different reasons. I think that women can be so hard on themselves. We try to wear too many hats and often have unrealistic expectations for ourselves as mothers, spouses, athletes, etc. We constantly compare ourselves to other women to see how we measure up, and I think that needs to change!

#REALwomenmove wants to shift the focus to your own personal achievements, no matter how big or small they are. Instead of comparing your performance to others, celebrate what you have achieved for yourself, whether it be completing the Couch to 5k program or achieving a personal record in any given distance. Maybe it’s just completing a race or running a certain number of miles…

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As I age, I have started to focus less on my stats as a runner (and comparing them to other runners!) and more on what it does for me as a person. Running is”my time”– it’s so important to me as a mother to have that time to myself. It’s a mental and physical release from all of the thins on my to-do list. I don’t ever want it to become another source of pressure, which is why I have backed away from hard core training plans.

I enjoy moving with my children– running with them and taking walk breaks when we need them. :-) I want to always enjoy what running provides for me, and that’s how the “real” me feels. It doesn’t mean that I won’t set goals or strive to get better at running, just that I don’t want to be a slave to my stats.

In honor of the debut of the #REALwomenmove campaign, Skirt Sports is allowing me to give away an entry to the Skirt Sports 13er. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win an entry to the local race in Louisville, Colorado or the virtual race (BASIC entry–if you choose to upgrade, you will pay the difference):
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30 Something Mother runner is a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain. 

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HUGE For Two Fitness Post-Mother’s Day Giveaway!

As a For Two Fitness Ambassador, I am SO EXCITED to partner with them for an amazing post-Mother’s Day giveaway. I wore For Two Fitness apparel through my pregnancy with Baby #3 and they quickly became my absolutely favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the new mom or mom-to-be. Here are all of the details you need to know (from For Two Fitness):

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000.  We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!

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Prizes are brought to you by our wonderful brand partners, sponsoring ambassadors and of course, us here at For Two Fitness. Here are more details about the grand prize – everything you see below:

Grand Prize Giveaway items:

    Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller

    Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS with Heart Rate Monitor 

    Feetures Graduated Compression Socks

    Sara Haley’s Expecting More and Sweat UNLIMITED workout DVDs

    For Two Fitness maternity fitness outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)

This contest runs from Monday, May 11th through midnight on Friday, May 15th.  Please follow all of our contest co-hosts on Instagram:

    Jessica from 30 Something Mother Runner

    Gina from Fitnessista

    Kelly from Cupcake Kelly’s

    Meg from Skinny Meg

    Katie from Healthy Diva Eats

Thanks for celebrating Mother’s Week with us and make sure you use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter!  Good Luck!!

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