High Five Friday {A to Z Survey}

5 from instagram 7315  happyfitmama.comHigh Five Friday is here! And it’s the 4th of July long holiday weekend.

Can I get a WOOO-HOOOOO!!!

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1. Yoga and the beach – Is there anything better? BTW – have you entered the giveaway for a spot on the Rise.Run.Retreat yet? You should because they’ll be some beach yoga going down!

2. The Better Chip – Have you guys tried these? I recently was sent a box of different flavors and fell in love. I loved the Beet flavor and Ron enjoyed having his mouth on fire with the Chiptoles. You’ll find them in the deli section at your local grocery store rather than the chip aisle.

3. Going upside down to start the day right side up.

4. Sunrise over the bay – Hello Summer!

5. Mini wild strawberries – We hit the jackpot on our bike ride last week when we found a ton of wild strawberries growing alongside the trail. So fresh, so flavorful and so cute!

Since it’s a long holiday weekend, I thought I’d do a fun survey. I saw this on Julie’s blog the other day and couldn’t pass it up. I’m a sucker for these things because they are just plain grade school fun! Enjoy!

A to Z Survey

A – Age: 37

B – Biggest Fear: Trapped in a cave, elevator or any small spot

C – Current Time: 8 p.m.

D – Drink You Had Last: straight up water

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: Ron

F – Favorite Song: Hmmmm….so many to choose from.

G – Grossest Memory: Finding a huge pile of poop in our dorm room my sophmore year of college. Dog? Human? We never found out where it came from or really WHO it came from. Don’t believe me? I have photographic proof this happened but I’ll spare sharing it here.

H – Hometown: I was born in Kingsford, Michigan but call the seacoast of New Hampshire home.


I – In Love With: Ron. My kids. Cooper. The beach. Warm weather.

J – Jealous Of: People that have a really cool job and really do love it every single day.

K – Kindest Person You Know: A nurse that I worked with years ago. I have never seen another person who would do anything and everything for any person. No hesitation. No questions.

L – Longest Relationship: 15 years together, 13 years married to Ron. Whoa!

M – Middle Name: Marie

N – Number of Siblings: Two

O – One Wish: To never stop laughing.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My mom

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “What’s it like having twins?” or lately, “Are you running yet?”

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R – Reason To Smile: It’s a long holiday weekend!

S – Song You Last Sang: “Peaches” – The Presidents of United States of America – big sing along in the car with the whole family coming home from the beach yesterday.

T – Time You Woke Up: 5:30 a.m. (slept in!)

U – Underwear Color: Black

V – Vacation Destination: Anyplace right now sounds fantastic but I’d love to go back to Hawaii. Or Australia, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Belize…

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W – Worst Habit: Procrastination

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: My left foot ( more than once!) and my teeth at the dentist.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Nut butter of any kind. I need to have it at least once a day.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Your turn! Answer the following questions below:

  • Grossest Memory
  • Vacation Destination
  • Zodiac Sign

Rise. Run. Retreat. {Giveaway}

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Picture it.

A weekend away at a beach house in Maine with an amazing group of fun, fearless and fantastic friends. And you are all runners.

Sounds absolutely wonderful, right?

Well, that is what will be happening the weekend of October 2-5th. I’m beyond excited that I’ll be attending the inaugural Rise.Run.Retreat.

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Rise.Run.Retreat. is an intimate retreat built around the idea that through connections with other women in the running community we can build each other up to be stronger women. Sarah and Jesica cooked up this idea and have invited myself and 7 other spectacular running bloggers:Tina, Laura, Christine, Allie, Sandra, Jen. (Click on their names to follow their amazing blogs).

I can’t wait to hang out with Laura, Christine, Sarah and Michele again. I’m even more excited to FINALLY meet Allie, Sandra, Jen, Jes and Tina. Can you believe I’ve never met Sandra and we live in the same state?!?!

It’s going to be a weekend of laughter, good times and of course running. All the retreat attendees are running the Maine Half Marathon – although I’m undecided since it is the weekend before Chicago Marathon. And who knows what my running status will be by then.

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And look at the amazing line up of New England based companies!

Since Rise.Run.Retreat. is in it’s first year, Sarah and Jes wanted to keep it small. The hope is to one day open it’s doors to all who wish to attend.

BUT, there’s room for one more lucky lady to join us!

Pretty cool, right?

Here’s the details:

  • the contestant will receive: free retreat registration.
  • must be available October 2-5th
  • provide for your own travel to and from Wells, Maine and be responsible for some meals
  • responsible for Maine Half Marathon registration $65 cost
  • be active on social media in some form, you don’t have to have a blog

To enter, simply let me know why you want to attend Rise.Run.Retreat. in 200 words or less in a comment below.

So join us for what is going to be an amazing weekend of running, laughing and building life long friendships!

For other chances to enter, check out Allie, Christine, Laura, Jen, SandraTinaSarah and Jesica‘s blogs for their giveaways. We will each choose one candidate from the entries on our blog and then one overall winner will be selected.

Be sure to following Rise.Run.Retreat on Instagram and Twitter to check out all the fun.

This giveaway is void where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest runs 7/1-7/10. Winners will be selected based on their response. Winners announced 7/13. Winner is responsible for all travel and meal costs. 


Spinach Pesto Dip

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield and Late July Snacks as a Stonyfield YoGetter. All opinions are my own, as always.

How is it the last week of June? I just can’t handle it. You know I’ll be saying the same thing a month from now. And before I know it, September will be here and I’ll be thinking of boots, jeans and Fall running.


I don’t want to think about any of that yet.

I want an endless summer.

What’s not to love about summer? Warm weather and longer daylight hours means BBQ’s, picnics in the park and impromptu gatherings of friends and family on the deck.

With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I know my summer days are limited. I’m committing to more picnics, deck sitting, beach days, cook outs, hikes and generally spending time enjoying the season.

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This Spinach Pesto Dip is perfect for all of that. With only three ingredients, it comes together in minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking in the fresh air and good times. And using Stonyfield plain Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, ups the nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

You know what goes good with dip? Chips. Late July Organic Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain Tortilla Chips are my new favorite. Perfectly crisp with just the right amount of salt. They are organic, gluten-free non-GMO and made with 100% whole grain. But to be completely honest, I’ve never met a chip I didn’t like. #ChipAddict

Spinach Pesto Dip | happyfitmama.com

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Spinach Pesto Dip
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ( I use Stonyfield)
  • ½ of a 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, spinach and pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh cut veggies.


For more Meatless Monday recipes, check out Tina and Deborah’s link up.