High Five Friday

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1. Another beautiful sunrise.

2. #stopdropandyoga family style.

3. Miles and miles of roads to explore.

4. I’m living on Pesto Zucchini Noodles right now. I don’t want to turn on my oven!

5. Twisting with my girl.

5 Good Reads

1. 8 Things You Need to Know Before Inviting a Runner to Your House – I love everything Beth writes. Her sense of humor never fails to put a smile on my face because I’ve thought and discussed some of the very same things. She nails this post dead on.

2. Unhealthy Confessions from Healthy Living Bloggers – Further proof that we are all human beings and no one is perfect.

3. Thanks Mom & Dad, for making us play outside – It’s kind of scary how the future generation of kids’ say that playing with electronic devices is their favorite thing to do. Watch the video at the end and then do something about it if you are a parent. Get your kids’ outside!

4. 30 Things I Learned at 30 – While I’m closer to 40 (WHAT?!?!) than 30, I can fully agree with Lindsey on her life lessons. Read and learn.

5. Aspects of Running Perfectly Depicted in Books – If I can’t run, at least I can read about running. And then I want to run more than ever. Btw- you can check out my favorite running books HERE.

What would you like to high 5 today?

Retail Therapy

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This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Retail therapy is part of recovery from an injury, right?

The good people at Vocalpoint and Dick’s must have known that I needed a pick me up after learning that running still wasn’t happening anytime soon, when they graciously sent me a gift card to check out the newly redesigned women’s section. I gladly headed to my local Dick’s to drown my sorrows in new workout gear. Spoiler alert – you can get some help with your own retail therapy at the bottom of the post!

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While my running wardrobe is seriously stocked with all the right essentials, I have been lacking in yoga specific gear. It’s one of the activities I CAN do right now so I’m pouring my heart and soul into it. Sure I can wear my running capri’s and tanks, but it can be quite annoying to constantly fix your tank after every single down dog or inversion. I want something that stays in place and I don’t have to adjust it no matter how I twist, bind and get my OM on.

It had been awhile since I actually shopped for myself at Dick’s. And I was pleasantly surprised. The aisles had been widened and there were more outfit pairings throughout the women’s department. It made me want to actually look at the clothes. The CALIA line by Carrie Underwood and Lucy Activewear stood out to me. How come I never noticed their stuff before? Everything was so pretty and could easily go from the studio to running errands. Because let’s face it, I wear my workout gear everywhere even when I’m not working out.

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I brought along my little “helpers” to test out the wide aisles and bigger fitting rooms. We no longer need the big bus stroller (thankfully), but I could definitely see how I’d have no problem managing the aisles with it.

So what did I get?

I fell in love with CALIA. I want every single piece! I wore the Keyhole Back Tank and Essential Capri’s to yoga class that very night I got it and I didn’t have to adjust anything through an hour worth of sun salutations and inversion practice. I’m really not a fan of patterned capri’s but I love the look of these. So cute!

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And the Lucy tank? Same thing – it didn’t budge no matter which way I twisted and turned in class. I love the built in cups – no need for a sports bra underneath. It does have a zippered pocket in the back that would be great for stashing a key or gels if I was running in it, but I don’t think I’d like to go sports bra-less while running.

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GIVEAWAY!

Here’s an easy chance to win a $25 DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card to get some of your own retail therapy!

All you have to do is answer the question below:

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear?

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 p.m. est.

GOOD LUCK!

4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad

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I gushed about my new favorite kitchen toy a couple of weeks ago and I still can’t get enough of it. I swear I’ve spiralized something at least once a day. I’m not sure why I think it’s the best thing ever. It’s not like it makes food taste any different. It’s just so…fun. I guess it’s like the grown up version of making fun things out of your food. Whatever it is, I like it.

I’ve been playing around with sprializing different veggies and fruits. The possibilities really are endless. One night I was looking for something quick and easy to put together for dinner. I had zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and pesto. I love all of those ingredients mixed together with pasta so why not make zoodle “pasta”?

With the over abundance of zucchini and tomatoes (not to mention fresh basil if you want to make your own pesto), this is the perfect garden to table dish.

It’s super easy too. Once you sprialize your zucchini, all you need to do is toss in the pesto, tomatoes and mushrooms. Add a protein of your choice and voila! Dinner is served. And you didn’t even need to turn on the oven.

I think I found the perfect summer dish.

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4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini (spiralized)
  • 4 Tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 handfuls of baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Serve cold.

For more meal ideas check out Tina and Deborah’s Meatless Monday link up.

Do you have a spiralizer? What’s your favorite thing to sprialize?

Here’s the one I have and LOVE! (Disclaimer: affiliate link)