Beats Half Marathon Training – Week 2 + Discount Code

Hello everyone!

I hope you all have been having a great weekend so far and have fun plans for your bonus day off tomorrow! I have to say, I’m definitely excited to have an extra day off this week. It’s been forever since I’ve taken a day off so this is a much needed break for me. In my opinion, all weekends should be 3 days anyways. That way you get one day to bum around, one day for fun stuff and one day for chores. Am I right or am I right?!?

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5 Things Friday – The Bachelorette, Chocolate Chai and More!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Was it just me or did this week seem to go on FOREVER, even though it was a short week? Sheesh. Well at least we’ve made it to Friday and now it’s time to enjoy the weekend! The weather here has been really nice (yesterday I heard it was in the 80’s), so I’ve got my fingers crossed that the nice weather will stick around for the weekend so I can try to get a little Vitamin D going on and not look so scarily pale when wearing anything besides pants!

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Weekend in Review – Valentine’s Day, Family Time & Oversleeping!

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I hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day and a wonderful weekend. For those of you that are lucky enough to have Presidents’ Day off, you’re still in full-fledged glorious weekend mode (like me)! I started out with really big plans for my weekend and all that I wanted to accomplish and ended up accomplishing only about 30% of what I set out to accomplish. *sighs* Isn’t that the way weekends go though? They always start full of such anticipation and then reality (and sleep deprivation) starts to kick in and bring you back down to Earth? Maybe it’s just me…

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5 Things Friday – Confetti Pants, Finishers’ Medals & One Happy Shih Tzu Puppy!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Yup… this is happening today. Looks like my schedule is all clear now to spend some time catching up with you lovely people! Good thing too, because I have some favorites I’ve been wanting to tell you about all week! Let’s get into it! Continue reading

A Taste Test at Nuun Hydration Headquarters & GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: I received product from Nuun Hydration for my participation in this taste test. Nuun also provided the product for this giveaway. I received no other compensation. As always all opinions are my own.

Last week I got an exciting invitation to Nuun Hydration Headquarters in Seattle, WA. For my first task as a Nuunbassador, I participated in a blind taste test of two different versions of four existing Nuun flavors. Nuun is working on improving some of their flavors, so I tasted the current version and the new version and gave my thoughts on which version of the flavors I liked best.

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A Look Back At 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I wasn’t originally planning on doing a year in review recap since I didn’t start A Couple of Dashes until August, but after reading a few by other bloggers (Lake Shore Runner, Meals and Miles and Run Eat Repeat), I decided I would be sad if I didn’t have one to look back at next year. My year was filled with some crazy highs and lows. I lost some old friends and made some new ones, let go of some dreams that could never fully make it to fruition, but also saw some dreams I never could have imagined before come true. So here’s a look back at all the shenanigans I got into in 2014! Let’s get to it!

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5 Things Friday – Nuunbassador, Ed Sheeran and a holiday gift guide from Grace Helbig.

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Can you guys believe it’s now less than a week to Christmas! YIKES! Who still has shopping left to do? I can’t be the only one, so don’t leave me out here hanging guys! I can honestly say I haven’t stepped foot into the mall this year for any of my Christmas shopping so far, since I’ve done most of it online or at Target, but I have a feeling I’m going to have to break down and brave the mall before the season is over and I’m not excited about it.

Anywhoo… let’s get down to business this Friday with my 5 Things Friday list!

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5 Things Friday – Happy Halloween!

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Did I scare you?!?!

Happy Halloween!

I’m so excited that Halloween is on a Friday this year! It makes it a lot more fun to be able to have Halloween parties on Halloween! Are you guys doing anything fun for Halloween today? I’m going to the gym to get a good workout in before I head out to a friends’ party. I’m hoping that since it’s Halloween, the weight room will be less busy than usual so I can get in strength training workout #2 toward my completing my workout challenge for the week! Fingers crossed!

1. To start the celebration out right, here are some cute puppies in Halloween costumes! I can’t even begin with the amount of cuteness here! I mean Winnie the Pooh?!?!

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How I Add More Flavor to My Water + Nuun Giveaway!

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After doing my Drink More Water Challenge for awhile, I started to get a little tired of drinking attempting to drink a gallon of plain old water everyday. Lately I’ve been searching for the perfect way to add a little flavor to my water to make it more interesting to drink, without adding a ton of extra calories or sugar to my diet. I tried fruit infused water for awhile and though it’s delicious, I’d rather eat my fruit, than just let it sit in my water for flavor. I also went through a phase where I was obsessed with liquid water enhancers, but then I started to feel a little bloated and gross from drinking them so much, so I kicked those to the curb too.

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Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Recipe + Weekend in Review

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I don’t know about you guys, but I had a VERY busy weekend! I spent Saturday with my aunt, uncle and mom and we made another version of our pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, crock pot santa fe chicken, apple nachos, watched Flightplan and Panic Room (to stick with the Halloween “suspense” theme) and also took some pretty cool photos you will be seeing on here shortly.

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