Color Me Rad – Do it!

So, a friend asked me several weeks ago to run the Color Me Rad race with her.  I declined because I am somewhat OCD about having dirty hands, and certainly of feeling altogether messy.

But when a staff member contacted me about promoting the run on LittleBlackSweats.com, 1) I was flattered that she chose LBS.com (the little fashion site that could) and 2) thought it was a sign from the universe that I was supposed to run this 5K and possibly conquer my aversion to “filth” with good ole colored cornstarch.

With that said, I’m recruiting.  Whether you are training for some longer race or you just want to run this for the fun of it, Color Me Rad is coming to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs on July 8th at 9am.  You can register online and the registration fee is $40, which includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, race bib, sponsor swag and color packet for the color fight post race.  Or volunteer to be on the color bomb squad that “bombs” the racers every 5 minutes throughout – go easy on me!

Check out pics and videos from previous races on the website or join 70,000 other fans on Facebook and “like” the Color Me Rad page.  Once you’ve seen the pictures, you can’t help but sign up… take it from me!  You can also keep up to date on the other races around the country, and let friends know you are doing this great event that benefits the Special Olympics.

Check out this great YouTube video for inspiration, and I hope to see you there!

Daily Covet: Beauty don’t come free… or cheap

Last night, after dropping a bundle on three new bras (after going waaayyyy too long without replacing old, worn out, and played out bras), I was lamenting the cost of being a woman.  I like the finer things for sure, but I won’t say I’m excessive about my beauty regimen.  Hair cuts and highlights run me about $150 every 12 weeks – yep, I said 12 – as I try to put them off to save myself a couple trips per year that way.

I spend about $50 on day cream, $40 on eye cream and $40-ish on cleanser every couple of months.  I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t regularly wear makeup, except my $26 Lancome Definicils mascara and $18 juicy tubes of lip gloss.  Or just a tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm for $9.  Perfume gives me a headache, and my family membership to the gym, is probably comparable to most gyms – relative to the part of the country you live in.

My point you ask?  Big news!  Jennifer Aniston reportedly spends $8K per month on her beauty regimen.  I was driving this morning, and my radio station’s DJ was remarking over Jennifer Aniston’s monthly beauty bill of $8K.  Apparently, $900 per week goes to Yoga lessons, neck ointment by Euoko is $450, and regular splurges on Tracie Martyn Spa Facials are $500+.

Everyone seems up in arms about this fact.  And while I don’t begrudge Jennifer Aniston her beauty routine (hey, she’s not getting plastic surgery every day like Melanie Griffith!), why is this news?  Articles keep talking about how high and mighty Angelina would be about all the coin Jennifer’s dropping for beauty, while she’s trying to save the world.

Angelina probably spends that and more on tattoos and private jets to wander the globe.  (Yes, I’m Team Aniston…)

All I have to say is… all that money is NOT in vain, as witnessed below.

Paying Gig: Zest for Life, A Quest for Healing

January 27th marks a very important date.  To honor what would have been their stillborn baby’s first birthday, the Hubertys are hosting a benefit for a group that promotes safe pregnancies.

Read more at Momaha.com.

Daily Covet: On thin ice

Riedell Ice skates 117 Red Ribbon Womens, skates.com sale $112

Our family has taken up ice skating lately.  This afternoon, we went with some friends from my son’s preschool for another spin around the ice, and got talked into buying a season pass to the outdoor rink.  True to form, the rental skates sucked and hurt my feet.

It was just like when I took up skiing as a kid, and had the hardest time finding boots to fit and be comfortable.

So here I am, not 4 hours after purchasing our season skating pass, coveting my own pretty, white figure skates.  They are pretty inexpensive these days.  You can get a recreational pair for as little at $39.99.  These particular skates are a little more expensive, but I figured my chances of actually finding a cheaper pair to be comfortable enough would be slim to none.

I think these would be sufficient for practicing my triple toe loops, don’t you?!

 

Am I Fit Minded?

I started my new Fit Minded Book Club tonight.  I am so excited to really sink my teeth in and had to go back and reread a blog I did for Momaha.com (read here).  I wanted to see what I had hoped to gain when I was invited to join FMBC and to see if after my first meeting I still felt that my objectives were attainable.

Tonight was mostly business…. discussing the syllabus (yes there is one for all you type A’s), books, goals of the club, why we were there, who we are and so on.  Dr. Huberty, the facilitator and my friend, has done an amazing amount of research on women and their physical activity patterns but she’s not your typical “academic.”  She has a knack for connecting with women and for understanding the barriers that keep us from being our very best.

I feel like I’m on the verge of some major understanding of myself, my preconceptions and my hard wiring… hard wiring that has kept me from being my best for a long time.  I’m very excited about this journey and hope that I can maintain my enthusiasm over the next 8 months that the book club takes place.

Stay tuned!!