Fashion Friday {5/28-5/31} + some honesty

Long time no see! I didn’t participate in WIAW first because I didn’t take one picture the whole day and two I’m not putting blogging first thing in my life. It was getting to be more of a habit, not a hobby, and I don’t want to become obsessed with it. I know, summer normally equals more blog time.. but I am so busy. I’m only going to post if I have something to say or did something awesome. I’m not going to post just  for the sake of posting. I’m gonna enjoy my summer! I will definitely keep reading blogs though. I love reading about your lives! 😀

How is it June tomorrow?! May seriously flew by! I didn’t have school on Monday which resulted in running shorts and a tshirt.

nike shorts

this would be heaven


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vest: Simply Vera Wang

sequin shirt: Material Girl

capris: American Eagle

shoes: Payless


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shirt: Lauren Conrad

pastel pants: Lauren Conrad

sandals: Candies

necklace: Candies


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peter pan collar shirt: Lauren Conrad

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

flats: Candies

hair clip: Pink Sugar Co

I think the accessories made this outfit! Also, of course I picked the hottest day to wear real jeans. I was a little overheated.


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tank: Aerie

shorts: Lauren Conrad

shoes: white leopard TOMS

necklace: Claires

First time wearing shorts! 😀

And there you have it! I don’t know if I’ll continue Fashion Friday during the summer.. since I wear running clothes everyday. Maybe here and there I’ll share a cute outfit. I’m just so excited to be done with middle school!

Later tonight is my basketball team party then tomorrow I’m heading down to Green Bay for my brother’s birthday. It’s gonna be a really fun weekend! I’ll (most likely) see you on Monday 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Also, be sure to check out Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!  I didn’t participate this month, but I had a great experience in March. See ya later!

Run for Joe

My first race since the half marathon was yesterday, the Run for Joe, a 5k in honor of a local soldier who was killed fighting for our country.

Last year I ran this race and I got second place for all the women with a time of 22:57. I was so surprised to do that well!

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That was literally the beginning of my running journey. So much has changed since then! I would say for the good 🙂

I had toast with pb and banana before the race and I think that is my super power food. I got there, registered, talked to some friends, went to the bathroom, and we were off! I seriously felt like I sprinted the whole race. 3.1 miles is nothing compared to 13.1!

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I finished in 20:31! A new PR by well over two minutes! I won overall women too!

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I was not expecting to win. It was a wonderful surprise!

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ma and pa

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I felt like I could’ve gone faster. I wasn’t even tired at the end. I want to break 20!! I am so excited for cross country 😀 and summer races! I just want to race!

After the run I inhaled at least a dozen donut holes (I deserved them!) and then mom and I headed over to my step grandpas. I’m planting a garden there this year and we went to plan it! Then I found out that he grows asparagus (what?!) and it was ready! I had no idea how asparagus grows- right out of the ground and you just snap it and pick it!

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We won’t be buying asparagus for quite awhile 😉 or any veggies, once I start growing!

Do you have a garden? What do you grow?

Have you ever won a race? Age group?

5 more days of school! 😀

Busy girl

First of all, a huge marvelous thank you to our veterans. America wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

I had a pretty packed weekend. Allll day Saturday was spent at a softball tournament. First game at 8:30, last game at 6. It was a long day. We ended up taking second place. We really sucked in the morning but as the day went on we pulled it together! Being together the whole day really helped us bond as a team. That really helps!

I did eat some yummy food that day and I didn’t even stress about it. Woohoo!

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1. Breakfast- waffle with pb, Greek yogurt, and banana

2. Monkey tail! Frozen chocolate covered banana

3. Lunch- chicken pesto pita

4. Lunch dessert- banana snickers scone!

5. Dinner- massive turkey sub

6. Dessert- ice cream sundae! Strawberries and butterscotch. 😉

Sunday was a pretty relaxing day. Went to a grad party with marvelous food. I even dressed up a lil’ 😉

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two pasta salads, guac, fruit


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forever 21 ❤

I also introduced some of my friends to Geocaching! They thought it was the coolest thing ever. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do! It’s so fun!

Today… something kind of big happened. More about it soon 😀

What was the best thing about your weekend? Have you went to any grad parties?

It doesn’t feel like Monday. Long weekends mess me up! 😉 6 more days of school!!

Fashion Friday {5/20-5/24}

This week just flew by! I am counting down the days left of school… 6! So excited!


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I had to wear my shirt from running my very first half marathon!




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Track meet! Read about it here 😀


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shirt: eyeshadow

jeans rolled into capris: Abercrombie & Fitch

shoes: a store in Florida!

necklace: Vanity


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shirt: Elle

capris: Aeropostale

shoes: Claires

necklace: Candies

watch: Pink Sugar Co.


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see Cleo’s tail in the background? 🙂

dress: aqua

jean jacket: Ruff Hewn

shoes: Candies

necklace: Vanity


I’ve got a softball tournament this weekend then a 5k on Monday! I’m also going to some graduation parties too. I can’t believe the year’s practically done! Have a super weekend!

Check out Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean’s giveaway! So neat!

How are you spending your long weekend? Relaxing? Work?

Whatever you do, enjoy it! 😀

WIAW: Lots of PR’s

Hello Wednesday! I can’t believe you’re here already.

It was the last track meet of the season yesterday. It was my last chance to get a school record!

The two mile was first. My first lap was a 1:24 and then they started getting slower.. oops 😉 Anyway, I missed the school record. By a second. My time was 12:22. Ugh!! I guess that’s just more motivation for high school. At least I PR’ed!

Soon after that was the 800. I was planning on taking it easy since I pushed it pretty hard in the two mile. That didn’t happen though, I had a super tight race with another girl. I ended up winning with a time of 2:42. 4 seconds away from that record. UGH. At least I got another PR!

And my last event – shot put. That event was totally unexpected this year. I ended up doing pretty well, 26’11”. Good enough for second place, and also another PR!

So while I didn’t break any school records, I did break my own. I guess that’s still pretty good 🙂 I swear this track season went by so fast!

After the meet I was suuper hungry so we went out for dinner. I got French toast – I deserved it! It’s just so yummy. Thick Texas toast, powdered sugar, melted butter, syrup, it’s okay to have once in awhile 😉

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You don’t go to that restaurant without one of their cookies. So. Good. Oatmeal, chocolate chips, almonds, ohh my gosh. It’s love. And huge.

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Two nights ago we went to my dad’s for dinner. Kind of like Cooking with Lynn except she did all the cooking! I can’t explain how yummy it was. It just had so.much.flavor. I definitely had thirds, haha 😉 they were small portions!

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Somewhat healthy alfredo with whole wheat penne, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. Oh man it was good. I don’t know the recipe but I know she used Greek yogurt. Perfect prerace dinner.

Time is just flying by. 8 more days of school! 😀

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party, as always! Have a super day 😉


Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon!

🙂 🙂 🙂

I can’t believe I did it. I ran my first half marathon! 

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We headed to the expo first thing on Saturday. Packet pickup was a breeze and really well organized.. And I had to buy some things.

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I got new shoes! Mizuno Wave Elixir 8. I really needed some running shoes and I wanted to try a different brand besides Nike and Asics. I guess we’ll see if I like them this week! If not, good thing you’re supposed to replace shoes after so many miles 😉 I also bought a short sleeve (top) Brooks shirt and long sleeve (bottom). The material is so nice.


I did the 5k for this race back in 2009. So much has changed since then… I look like a little peanut! Wow.

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They have a pasta dinner the night before. Penne, marinara, breadsticks, Greek salad (I promise it’s under there!) and cookies. All my favorite foods. I definitely had seconds.

We just chilled in our hotel room for the rest of the night. We stayed at the Aloft. Probably the coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed in!

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The night before the race was weird. I could not fall asleep and it seemed to last forever. I was happy when my alarm went off to get up and get ready!

I had a piece of toast with pb and banana before the race. Normally I only have a banana and pb before a long run so I know I wasn’t supposed to eat the toast. But I did and it’s done so whatever!

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Also doing the race was my cousin Laura (middle) and her friend Amanda. They ran it together.

I waited in line for the port-a-potty and then went to line up! I wanted to run with the 1:50 group but I missed the time slot to meet them so I didn’t.

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26 seconds of silence were held in remembrance of Boston. It was really powerful. In our packets all the runners got a wristband in support.

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The gun started and we were off! I could see the 1:50 group so I tried to follow them. Mile 1 came and I remember thinking it was easy. 2 also came pretty quick. After a few miles, I felt like my pace was faster than the 1:50’s so I passed them. My pace was feeling good, I was confident!

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Miles 6-10 weren’t very fun. I was just so.bored. My track coach told me today that means I wasn’t running fast enough. That makes a lot of sense and is good to know for the future!

At mile 10 I knew it was just a 5k left so I started picking it up. At 11 I saw Laura’s friends and they gave me a super huge cheer. It helped so much! Cheering really helps runners. I really think it gave me the will to finish!

The runners actually get to run through Lambeau Field. Such an experience. They had music blasting and spectators in the bleachers. Once I was out I knew the finish was close. I came around the last corner and saw the big blue box and started booking it. I came in so fast at the end, literally sprinting! I guess that also shows I could’ve went faster during the race 😉

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All this for a grand total chip time of 1:49:38! I broke 2 hours, my goal! And even more awesomeness…

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I won my age group! The medal was Olympic sized. So big.

They provide free massages for the runners which I obviously took advantage of. My legs felt so much better after it! And of course I had to have the chocolate milk they supplied. And the bananas.

After checking out at the hotel and packing up we headed home. We were super hungry though, so we stopped at Panera! My first time there!

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I got a tomato and mozzerella panini which was pretty yummy but I was still super hungry after so I got pesto sacchettini which was delicious! And a scone of course. Panera will happen many more times in the future 🙂

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We stopped at the mall on the way out and I couldn’t resist a smoothie. Avocado + banana = best smoothie I’ve ever had, not even joking! So yummy!

And then we made it home. I can’t believe the day actually came! I remember when I started training and the thought of running 5 miles was crazy. So much has changed!

Happy MIMM! What a marvelous weekend 🙂


Fashion Friday + track meet

I am just loving this weather. It makes me so happy! I’m also loving wearing a light jacket to school, not my heavy North Face! 


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shirt: Candies

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

moccasins: Payless

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I had a band concert on Monday. I wore this! Dress from Kohls.


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shirt: Lauren Conrad

capris: Aeropostale

shoes: Claires


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shirt: Rewind


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track meet!


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shirt: Sonoma

capris: Aeropostale

scarf: Mudd

shoes: Claires

I am loving spring outfits!

So, I had a track meet yesterday. To sum it up, I did pretty good. My first event was shot put which I threw 20’11”. Considering we had to throw the guys ball, it’s not bad. Then I had to wait for about 2 hours for my next events. 800 was first. I didn’t break the school record, but I did win in 2:45. My heart seriously felt weird after this one. I think it’s because I’m used to running long distances and not sprints! I had an event’s break, then I ran the 2400. I wasn’t going to go super hard since I just ran and to save myself for the half marathon on Sunday(!). Somehow I ended up winning though, in 9:38! And even better, I felt like I could’ve kept going at that pace. Score! Right after that I ran to the discus where I threw 50’something. Hey, it was my first time doing it! This was such a long meet. After a Subway stop (where I tried avocado on my sub- I like it without better!) and an hour’s drive home, I hit.the.sack. I slept so good last night. Now I’m taking it easy today and tomorrow because my first half marathon is on Sunday! 

I’m getting new shoes this weekend. Any suggestions? Please help! 

Any tips for a first half marathon?!

Have a super weekend! 😀



My own happiness

Yesterday was just a really good day. This was one of the first days in a long while that I didn’t plan any of my meals. I just let them happen as they came!

Breakfast was some waffles with peanut butter, greek yogurt, strawberries, and bananas. And a hb egg.

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like the barbie plate?

I only had a half day of school so I got to go home at lunch! I was going to go for a quick bike ride, but right as I left I ran into my cousin who was on a run. #smalltownthings! I rode along with her for the 3 miles- it’s taper week. The half marathon is this weekend!

When I got home I was pretty hungry for some lunch. It was absolutely beautiful outside so I had a one man picnic!


Turkey sandwich, carrots and hummus, oranges, and cookies. All eaten while watching the Tigers game outside. Pure bliss! I found out later that it was national chocolate chip cookie day. Good thing I ate 4. No shame.

There was also a lot of cuddling with the babies.



That little stinker brought home a bird. I picked it up and put it on the trampoline so I could help/examine it. It’s poor foot was broken and it kept going lopsided. I checked on it a few minutes later, tried to stand it up, and what does it do? As my face is not a foot from it, it spazzes and flies away! I’d like to think that I saved its life 🙂

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Then I had track practice. For my meet today I’m scheduled for shotput and disc. I had never thrown a disc in my life. Welll, I picked it up pretty quick and I think I’ll do quite well! Oh yeah, another girl and I also wanted to see if we could still do a back tuck. We can!

When I got home I had half an hour until softball. Not enough time for a real dinner. I had some carrots, a hb egg, and a cookie. This is kind of important because I was really worried about what I’d eat and if I’d even be hungry but I just let it happen and I survived. It’s a big deal to me.

Softball wasn’t as bad as it normally is. It’s not that it’s hard, it’s just so boring. I felt sooo dirty after. Shower immediately.

I was kind of hungry after which calls for dessert. No one should ever go a day without dessert. Heated apple muffin with vanilla ice cream. Wonderful.

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After this I was so.tired. I slept well last night.

The weather just makes me so happy. Now I’m off to my track meet- wish me luck. I might break the school record!

Smile, tomorrow’s Friday 😀


WIAW: Yummy Day and Cooking with Lynn!

Yesterday was filled with some deeelicious eats. It was a good day.


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Green smoothie. Mom and I actually ate in the dining room which was a nice morning change!


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Ohhh my gosh. Turkey, swiss, avocado, spinach, and tomato on some grilled bread. Holy cow this was delicious. It was on repeat for lunch today, but not grilled. So simple, but so amazing.


As you can tell from the title, I did some cooking with Lynn!

We planned to make PF Changs Lettuce Wraps and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (no butter or sugar).

But first, she had some avocados that were asking to be used. I immediately thought of amazing Lindsay’s Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies, but instead we made some guacamole. Oh my goodness. I don’t know why I used to hate it. I was craazy. I don’t know what your guac recipe is, but this one is the best.

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Avocados, salsa (not the jar kind), lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. I can not even explain how yummy this is. You just have to make it.

Then we started on the lettuce wraps. I’ve never been to PF Changs so I wasn’t sure what they were. When I saw what was in them, I was unsure if I’d like them. I had never had water chestnuts or bamboo sticks. Oyster sauce? What? But to my surprise, they were delicious. So much flavor.

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And what is a cooking night without dessert? We followed this recipe. The first batch turned out really flat so on the second one we took the parchment paper off. Which helped immensely and they were heavenly. I had never used “dark” brown sugar but I really like it. They were even better today. Chewy, chocolatey goodness.

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Let’s just say it was a very yummy day.

When did you try your first avocado?

Have a fabulous Wednesday, and thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!

Run for Boston

I did it. I organized a Run for Boston.

When I heard about the tragedy I knew I wanted to help. Being such a new member of the running community I was so inspired with how much everyone was affected and how much they helped. I wanted to be a part of it too.

I told my mom I wanted to organize a run to raise money for the victims and she thought I was crazy. “Do you know how much work a race is?” But I knew this was really something I wanted to do. I called lots of people and started planning for it. I designed t-shirts, ordered bibs, and got sponsors. I even got a local runner who ran in the marathon to come!

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The 5k went wonderful and drew 105 runners and walkers, even though the conditions weren’t great- it rained on and off. The best part… we raised over $2,000! The money will go to the One Fund Boston charity.

I was absolutely not expecting the run to become this big but it just shows how great the community is! I am really proud.

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I had a really fun time putting this together and I think I will organize another race sometime. I’m so happy that I could help the victims of the tragic event!