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Endless Summer

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

I seriously can not believe it is September. Wasn’t it just Memorial Day?

I had our whole summer planned out for us. Trips to the beach at least once a week, road trips, yoga on the beach (for me), hiking adventures.

And now it’s September. I don’t think we even accomplished half of what we wanted.

I really need an endless summer.

Well summer isn’t technically over till the 21st so we are going to try to scratch a few more things off our list.Even still, just because the calendar says summer is winding down, it’s not time to hibernate.

It’s time to get out there!

With the cooler temperatures and the mosquitoes not as relentless, it’s the perfect time to head to the trails for some hiking.

family hike endless summer

Since my kids are only 4 years old, we haven’t been too adventuresome with our hiking trips. Mostly it’s been 1-2 mile walks with only a slight degree of upness. For the most part they do good walking on their own. The excitement of scrambling over rocks and trees pushes them for a good part. But there comes a point when Miss A. especially, gets tired and wants to be carried.

“That’s good marathon training” is what my husband tells me.

Hmmm…not sure about that one.

Another place that isn’t so relentless this time of year?

The beach.

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The tourists have mostly gone home. That means the locals can enjoy traffic free roads and wide open sand all along the seacoast again.

I love the beach year round. And my kids, well, they don’t care if the water temperature is 50 degrees. There’s sand. There’s water. Endless fun!

Target® C9 gear is perfect for outfitting you in all your fitness endeavors this season. I’m a huge fan of their half zip fleeces. I think I have one in every color actually! They are perfect to throw on for a crisp hike or a day of searching for sea creatures at the beach.

Bring on the endless summer!

What’s your favorite activity to enjoy in September?

4 Tips for More Energy

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.
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With marathon training in full force, I’m finding myself looking for more energy. Even earlier morning wake-ups (zero dark thirty is in full force now) and my body building and repairing muscle with every workout, it’s kind of exhausting.

Here are four tips for more energy that I’ve been trying to follow:

1. Sleep. I charge my phone every night on my nightstand. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I sometimes automatically reach for my phone. Of course, that leads to checking email, Instagram, Facebook, blogs, etc. Even if it’s for a few minutes, I still interrupted my sleep with the artificial light. Once I realized I was doing it, I promptly made an effort to break that nasty habit. So far, I think I’m feeling more rested throughout the day just from that simple fix.

2. Drink more water. My go-to drink all day long is water. I’m a heavy sweater so mixed with running longer and in warmer temps, I’m losing a lot of fluid. After a recent 10 miler, I found that even though I had two bottles of water during my run, I still was dehydrated. I felt horrible. As soon as I replenished my fluids, I felt good as new. That served as a reminder – drink up no matter if you are in marathon training or training for life!

3. Laugh often. I love to laugh. Who doesn’t, right? Whether it’s watching silly videos on YouTube or hanging out with family and friends, laughing instantly gives me more energy. My face brightens and my heart feels lighter in the process.

Nature Valley Protein Granola

4. Eat a more filling breakfast. I’m a huge breakfast fan. I recently tried Nature Valley™ Protein Granola. I grew up eating Nature Valley™ granola bars so I knew it was going to be good. Oh and maybe because it’s Peanut Butter ‘N’ Dark Chocolate too. I kind of have a slight weakness for that combination. A 1/2 cup of Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain, at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily. 

Nature Valley Protein Granola Yogurt Bowl

I’ve been pairing it with Greek yogurt and whatever fresh fruit we have in the house. I think I need to try the recipe for Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Yogurt Bowl soon. Kind of an amazing combination, no? You can find more tasty recipes HERE.

I also have been eating it by the handfuls. I get super excited when I find a big cluster of granola.

Why do they taste so much better?

How do you find more energy in your day?

What do you like in your granola?