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Twelve 5ks in 2014 – Our Year of Racing

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

“I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and completion, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes.”

–Peggy Flemming

Early last year Jenny set a lofty goal for herself – she wanted to do twelve 5k races in 2014 (one per month). She kicked off the year colorfully by completing her second Color Run. In February she invited Christina to join her for the 36th Annual Runner’s Den Pancake Run. Always one for a challenge, Christina signed up for a handful of races too. By mid-year they were right on track, having finished half a dozen. Life got in the way for a few months but they dug in and crossed the finish line many times throughout November and December to end the year strong with a big stack of race bibs to prove it!

Below they share their thoughts on racing and chat about what they learned:

First, why? What made you want to race twelve 5ks in 2014?

Jenny: Exercise is always something I have not been good at keeping up with, so I wanted to do something that would keep me consistently working out. I have done a few races over the years, including two half marathons, and I find that my biggest motivator to stay moving is knowing that I have paid money to participate in an event. I am the one that suffers on race day if I don’t keep up with my walks, so the thought of losing money by not doing the race usually trumps my laziness on those days where I debate working out.

Christina: Honestly, at first it was just a way to spend more time with Jenny. But, I quickly discovered that I loved the feeling of crossing that finish line! Signing up for monthly races is also a great motivation for me to work out in between races.

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What was your favorite race and why?

Jenny: My two favorite races were The Color Run and The Hot Chocolate 5K, but they both will be better this year because I didn’t get to participate in them with Christina last year, and I always have more fun when she’s there. Both races are extremely organized, which appeals to the control freak in me, and both have really fun elements (color and dancing or a big mug of chocolate at the finish line).

Christina: That’s a really hard question! I loved them all! If I had to choose I would pick the 4 mile race that Jenny and I did on the 4th of July. It’s my favorite race because it was the hardest race I ran all year. It was terribly humid that day and well over 100 degrees. I woke up grumpy and exhausted. I was having such a terrible morning that I pouted when Jenny wanted me to wear my Sparkle Skirt! You can imagine how well the race went. I was a hot sticky mess the entire time and there were moments during the race where I had tears in my eyes because I was so frustrated and didn’t want to finish. I did finish though (in my Sparkle Skirt) because I refused to quit.

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What have you learned from this challenge?

Jenny: Racing has taught me to be more independent. Now, I don’t mean doing the races, as I love racing with Christina, but we often don’t actually race together. We will both go our own pace, push ourselves to do the best we can, and enjoy our time together before and after the race. We even have an unspoken agreement that whoever finishes first will be waiting at the finish line with a bottle of water for the other girl. Other than race day, I am on my own when it comes to keeping up with my routine, and have become comfortable with it, and making myself accountable for my workouts.

Christina: I’ve learned a ton. The biggest lesson so far? Squash the negative thoughts you have about yourself. In my opinion it’s the most self-destructive thing you can do. One of the things I love the most about running is all of the time you have to think. When I first started the challenge, there was definitely more walking and muscle cramps then running. I would hobble along beating myself up every step of the way – despite the fact that I pushed through the discomfort to finish each and every race! One day “Titanium” by David Guetta came on while I was running and with every verse I felt more and more powerful. I sang the chorus out loud and it was as if I was singing to myself – you shoot me down but I won’t fall I am titanium cut me down but it’s you who’ll have further to fall…raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones I’m talking loud not saying much…I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose fire away, fire away. I listen to that song on every run and it makes run faster. I am titanium. We can’t control what other people think or say about us. But, we are in FULL control of what we choose to say and think about ourselves. That’s real power.

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What are your racing plans for the future? Are you going to try for twelve 5ks in 2015?

Jenny: I will definitely be knocking out at least a dozen races in 2015! I am going to copy Christina in adding some longer races to my repertoire though (I have signed up for a 8K and 9K this Spring and a 15K in December). Christina and I are also planning on taking part in the Star Wars Half Marathon next January in Disneyland. That long-term goal will help me to stay motivated all year. Due to medical reasons, I was not allowed to run in 2014, but with those restrictions now lifted, I am looking forward to training to actually run my first 5K. It will be challenging, but I am excited to be “lightning on my feet,” like Taylor Swift.

Christina: I plan to keep running! I don’t have any major plans I just know I want to run a bit faster and a bit further. I absolutely want to run twelve 5ks in 2015! I also want to do a few 10k races too. I ran the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 10k in January and it confirmed that 10ks are a good next step in my running journey. Once I have a few 10ks under my belt the next big step will be to register for my first half-marathon. Eek!

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Do you have any tips for new walkers/runners?

Jenny: I would say to be patient with yourself (and I will have to do that this year myself in working towards my running goals), and only compete with yourself. I have a friend, Matt, who has been running for years and if I compared my pace and progress to where he is, I would give up and never race again. Everyone who is a runner had to start somewhere, and those successful successful people you know who are successful all do the same thing – they run on a regular basis and they push themselves to always do a little better than they did before. So, on day one1, you may pace at a less than desirable (to you) rate, but each time you go out, push yourself to run a little further or up your pace a little. Your time reduction will be slow to start, but before you know it, you will be able to drive that time down and you will be amazed at what you did. Also, everyone has occasional bad days. Don’t let them get you down, and just get out there again and push it!

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I also want to note that if you aren’t a runner, or you don’t like running, walk! I have never run a race, including either of my half marathons. I know it’s intimidating when you go to the racing sites because of course, all the pictures are going to be people running. Don’t let that stop you from participating. In almost every race I have ever done, most of the people in it are walking at some point. Don’t be embarrassed if you are a walker. Be proud that you went out there and raced!

Christina: Yes – but I will warn you all of my tips are very basic! 1. First, invest in the right gear. Don’t go out and spend a ton of money! It will take you some time to figure out what you like. Start with running socks and a good pair of shoes, a supportive sports bra, a top made from wicking fabric and something to hold your phone/iPod. Second,2. Y you have to run a lot. It sounds so simple but most people (including me) think you can head out on day #1 and run comfortably. The truth is – at first it’s going to suck a little, you’ll be slow, you’ll be sore and you might not be able to go very far. Just know that each day will be a little easier then the last. The more you run, the more you’ll be able to run. Don’t be hard on yourself…just keep running. Finally,3. R remember to enjoy the journey! Don’t get me wrong, most days I have to push myself…really hard. But, I’m a big fan of fun too. I run in tutus, silly hats and covered in color. I pump my arms and sing out loud when an awesome song comes on during a run. Why not? Life isn’t always be about how quickly you reach the finish line, sometimes it’s about how much fun you had (and how good you looked) getting there.

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Ready to sign-up for a race? Check out these blog posts:

Green Beer, Wet Chalk and Raving: 5K Fun Runs
Fuel Your Fire: Coconut Almond Energy Bars
Racing in the Smartphone Age
You CAN Race a Half Marathon

Want to join us? Hashtag your 2015 race photos with #twelve5ksin2015 or #thewildernessgirls. We can’t wait to see your pics!

  

New Year, New Resolutions: 2015 Edition

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If I’m honest, 2014 kicked my butt. Looking back, there was no single event that made the year rough, but rather a collection of painful circumstances. 2014 was a blister on the back of my ankle that just wouldn’t heal. It was annoying, it slowed me down, made it hard to move forward and it just plain hurt. I know I’m not the only one because I watched some of the people I love most wade through their own Bog of Eternal Stench. Is there anything worse than watching your favorite people struggle? Scrolling through my news feed on NYE, it was clear that lots of people were thrilled to put 2014 behind them.

But you know what? I’m ready to rock 2015.

I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions. I think I had it right in 2014 when I kicked all of my stale resolutions to the curb and resolved to enjoy life more. What do I want to do in 2015? More of the same! So, I’m sticking with a couple of my resolutions from last year and adding a few new ones too. Here’s what I came with:

Capture More Memories. While I did take more photos in 2014, I didn’t get very many of Rob & I. This year I want to have a photographer snap some photos of us with our dogs. I got a Fuji Instax for my birthday last year and have had a lot of fun documenting our little family’s daily life. I printed lots of photos too! This year I want to explore creative ways to print photos, DIY a display space for my Insta prints and hang a gallery wall of family photographs in our home.

Be Stylish. I love fashion – but all too often I haven’t allowed myself to wear the clothes I’m crazy about for fear of what others might think. It’s time to clean out the closet, both literally and figuratively. I want to explore fashion, define my style and learn how to dress my shape.

Make Money Being Creative. For most of 2014 I was in a creative role at work and I loved every minute of it. While it was the hardest work I’ve ever done I’ve never been happier or more fulfilled. Unfortunately, my position was eliminated in late September. While I am super grateful to have been hired back in a different role, I am now desperate to find a way to make money being creative and working with my hands. Total side note: I also intend to spend more time here! Creating content for our little site makes me so happy and I didn’t do nearly enough of that last year.

Make Good Choices. This is the big one for 2015! I need to get my act together. While 2014 was the year of the 5k (I ran 12!) it was also the year of my scale going up and down a number of times. In 2015, I need to pay more attention to what I eat. I also want to be more active and spend more time outdoors. And, over the last few years I’ve made a conscious decision to use ditch toxic cleaners and personal care products for natural alternatives. This year I need to explore alternatives for the products I’ve been too stubborn to get rid of (Scrubbing Bubbles I’m lookin’ at you). This one is really all about living with intention and treating my body right.

No year will ever be without its struggles. BUT, this year I am determined to stockpile love, laughter and all the goodness I can get my hands on so that I have something to cling to when life gets rough.

After all, in the immortal words of David Wooderson, “you just gotta keep livin man, L-I-V-I-N.”

Happy New Year! XOXO

I <3 PHX: Desert Botanical Garden

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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When I say “Phoenix”, what comes to mind? Most people would likely respond with something about our intense heat or the vast Sonoran Desert that stretches through Arizona. If you’ve never traveled to Phoenix you probably underestimate the amount of delicious food, art and history our great city has to offer. The Desert Botanical Garden is one of my most favorite places in Phoenix to visit. Each trip to the garden is a new experience, an opportunity to witness nature’s lifecycle. A Phoenix Point of Pride, the DBG opened in 1939 and boasts over 55,000 plant displays stretching across 140 acres of land. It’s a sprawling oasis in the middle of the city. Acres of cacti are flanked by lush gardens filled with shade trees and wildflowers. Native wildlife is all around too, from butterflies and hummingbirds to rabbits, lizards and squirrels.

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Over the weekend, Rob and I went to the DBG to see the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition. Dale Chihuly is a world renowned artist, best known for his brightly colored glass sculptures which are massive and extravagant. The exhibition was like nothing I’ve ever seen. In Chihuly in the Garden, Chihuly has created colorful pieces of glass that mimic the native desert plants. The pieces appear to have been planted and many seem to have grown since the exhibit opened, they stretch out and curl around the plants they share space with. At times it felt like a wonderful Easter egg hunt, walking along the meandering trails we’d spot a splash of color, and walk just a little bit faster, anxious to see what was up ahead.

The DBG is open daily from 8:00am-8:00p. General admission tickets for Chihuly in the Garden are $22.00 (adults), $20.00 (seniors), $12.00 (students) and $10.00 (children ages 3-12). Note: ticket prices vary based on current events and featured exhibition.

Have you been to the Desert Botanical Garden? What’s your favorite place to visit in Phoenix? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Christina’s Project Life Album

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I’m a total pack rat. Throughout my thirty years on this planet I’ve compulsively collected postcards, tickets stubs and dried flowers, expired IDs, sea shells and playbills. Tiny bits that combine to form a mosaic of memories. Scrapbooking has always been a big part of my life. I used to save my lunch money to buy craft supplies. Back then scrapbooking was a humble hobby – within the pages of my early albums created during Jr. High and High School years are lots of photos, stubs, stamps and other little scraps.

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Rob & I honeymooned in Mexico several months after our wedding, it was a dreamy vacation filled with street tacos and cold beer, walks along cobble stone streets and lazy days on the sand. The photos and mementos from our trip have been sitting in a box waiting to be scrapbooked for nearly four years. One of my 2014 goals is to capture more memories – what better way to start than to create an album as special as our trip?

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I’d wanted to try Project Life for a few years now, but was always intimidated by the thought of creating an album that would document a year of my life. I didn’t know if I had the crafty attention span to make it a whole year! After perusing Pinterest, Google images and lots of Project Life-focused blogs I decided to test the waters with a mini album. I put an album, core kit and a few other supplies on my Christmas list – Santa spoiled me and brought everything I needed to get started.

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It took me a few months to unpack all of my goodies and dive in, but for the last few weeks, I’ve had so much fun working on my mini album. I’m using the Project Life Sunshine Core Kit designed by Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess. The cards from this kit feature bright, cheery colors and imperfect, quirky patterns. They remind me of Mexico! I love the pocket pages because I can work on more than one page layout at a time, which is ideal for crafters like me with a short attention span.

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I’ve corralled all of my supplies into a small basket, partially so that I can work on my album in my art room or move out to the back patio when the weather’s nice and partially to keep me from hoarding too many supplies. Aside from the Sunshine Core Kit, so far my favorite supplies have been SN@P! Studio Pocket Pages, my Dymo Embossing Label Maker and the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Stamp from American Crafts.

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I think I love scrapbooking so much because every time you sit down to work on a page layout, you get to relive lovely memories!

Have you tried Project Life before? What are your favorite supplies?

Portraits of Love: Grace & Jackson

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

**Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all kinds of love. All month long I’m bringing you stories from the people I love most about the people they love most!**

Grace is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. Inside & out. We met ten years ago, it was my second day at a new job and she’d come to interview for a position with the same company. I remember two things about her from that day – I desperately hoped she’d get the job because I just knew we’d be instant friends, and she had great hair. Grace is one of those people who can light up the room with her smile; she’s wicked smart, a fiercely loyal friend and has a highly contagious laugh.

Grace is also an amazing Mom to a bright, creative and thoughtful son named Jackson. When I met her, she had just moved back to Orange County and was trying to pull her life back together as a newly single Mom. Over the past ten years I’ve been witness to all of her hard work as she fought to build a beautiful life for and her son.

When the idea for this series popped into my head, she was the first person I thought of to interview. I so badly wanted you to meet her. I wanted to give her an opportunity to tell a part of her story – I wanted to capture that story as a gift for Jackson too.

This Portrait of Love is for all the single parents out there (my Momma included), who find enough love within themselves to love their children for two.

Christina: Tell us about Jackson.
Grace: Sigh, my Jackson. He is a beautiful, unique boy who has a sensitive heart for serving others. He loves God, art, animals, sports, friends and Android apps!

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C: How did you feel when you found out you were going to have a little boy?

G: Well, let’s just say I was convinced I was having a little girl and I was less than enthusiastic when the ultra sound tech said, “I’m 95% sure it’s a boy! Do you see this outside plumbing?” Excuse me? Outside plumbing? You have got to be kidding me!

It took me two days for it to sink in that I was really having a boy. My husband at the time was tearfully over the moon happy about having a son. Once I got over myself and the dreams I had for my “little girl”, I couldn’t wait to see this little guy with “outside plumbing”. I loved him from the beginning even though I thought he was a girl for the first 5 months!

C: What were the first few minutes after Jackson was born like?
G: I talked to Jackson through my belly while I was pregnant. It was so wonderful to finally see him, smell him, touch him, kiss his chubby cheeks, rub his bald head and know he was absolutely perfect. I felt like I was watching my own dream. I couldn’t believe the labor was over; I had obsessed over what labor would be like for almost 9 months! He was just perfect and he was ours.

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C: What’s your favorite part about being a mom?
G: My favorite part about being a mom is truly knowing & experiencing unconditional love. Since the day I found out I was pregnant, almost every thought in my mind has been about Jackson. I held unconditional love in my arms the day he was born. I remember thinking if I feel this much love for my son, how much more does God love us?

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C: What were your greatest fears when you realized you’d be raising Jackson alone?
G: When reality set in, my greatest fear was I did not know how I would make ends meet for my son. Providing a home, food, clothing and being able to give this innocent little boy enough love as both parents was beyond my imagination. He was 18 months old when we divorced so he doesn’t know any different than his life today. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? I don’t know how I would have gotten this far in 10 years without my parents, my sisters and my loving friends. So many people love & care for my little guy, I am truly appreciative and blessed by my “village”.

C: What’s it been like to raise a boy as a single mom?
G: In the beginning it was really tough for me mentally. I felt like a failure because I blamed myself and I was ashamed of my failed marriage. As I grew through the years I’ve learned to turn my thought process around. I’m not a failure because I’m doing this mostly on my own. There are definitely times when it feels like everything is falling apart but somehow we always pull through with protection. We are a family just the two of us and we’re accomplishing life together. No matter the circumstances, we have each other.

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C: How does it feel to watch him grow up?
G: The most satisfying part is I get to watch him grow up with a front row seat!  I’m that Mom that has tears of joy watching him play sports, volunteer, or on the last day of another successful school year.  My boy shows me things I wouldn’t have seen before; he opens up my eyes to the wonderment all around us.  Honestly, what could be better?  I’m grateful!

C: Now that Jackson is getting older, how has your relationship changed from when he was a little baby?
G: There are so many changes from year to year and different stages of life as a child grows up. As a baby he needed me every waking minute. As a toddler he was able to entertain himself and I got a few moments to myself. When the school years started he gained so much independence that I didn’t know if I could handle it. But as the independence starts to be part of our every day routine I have gotten used to it.

C: What’s been your proudest moment as a mom?
G: Watching him succeed and making good choices on his own. When he was 5, he made the decision to follow Jesus on his own. (I didn’t make that decision on my own until I was in my 20’s.) When he was in 3rd grade he decided to make friends with a little boy with autism because nobody else would play with him. It’s moments like these that make my heart swell beyond words and he inspires me to be a better person.

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C: What do you dream for him?
G: I dream that my Jackson will be a God fearing, loving husband and a wonderful Daddy. I pray for his future wife whoever she may be, will be someone who loves my son unconditionally with her whole heart (and will love her crazy Mother in Law!) I want him to be happy and filled with so much joy throughout his life journey. I hope he makes mistakes – mistakes that he will learn from but that won’t destroy him or his spirit. I hope and dream that Jackson lives his life with an open heart and knows exactly who he is.

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P.S. You may know Grace by another name, we’ve changed her first name (at her request) in an attempt to protect her privacy.

Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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A couple years ago one of my co-workers brought in a few cans of ginger ale along with a box of saltine crackers to ease an office full of upset stomachs – we were all miserable with the flu. I’d never tried it before – but a few sips later my tummy felt a bit better and I was hooked. Ginger ale is a staple ingredient for lots of my favorite cocktails, I use it in my brunch punch and it goes really well with spiced apple whiskey, too. I brought home a four pack of Bruce Cost Unfiltered Ginger Ale a couple of weeks ago and I can’t stop drinking it. It’s more spicy than it is sweet and you get little chunks of fresh ginger in each sip. Over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with recipes and loved the way it tasted paired with honey whiskey.

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Ginger Whiskey Cocktail, serves one

Ginger Ale
2 oz. Honey Whiskey
Lemon Juice

Add ice to your glass and fill halfway with ginger ale. Add 2 ounces of honey whiskey. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into your drink and save a slice for the garnish. Stir well and top off with ice and ginger ale.

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Cheers!

P.S. Check out this post for a list of bar cart essentials and tips for stocking your bar cart on a budget.

Laundry Room Inspiration

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

When we moved into our house in the fall of 2012, none of the walls were painted. The builder wanted to charge a few thousand dollars to paint the interior walls and ceilings. Rob & I were convinced it would be no big deal to do the painting ourselves. We might have underestimated the amount of work that was ahead of us. More than a year later, we still have a few rooms left to paint.

Originally a makeover for the laundry room was pretty low on our home project to-do list. It wasn’t until Rob installed the garage door opener a few weeks ago that it got bumped way up that list. We have to walk through the laundry room to get to the garage and now every morning I walk through that drab, vanilla colored room and think “this room needs color!”

This should be a quick and easy makeover. The room is small and it’s a utilitarian space so no tchotchkes allowed. Instead I’ll focus on adding color to the room through paint and framed art. To keep the room neat and tidy, I plan to add storage bins and hang cabinets. I’ve put together a board that includes the inspiration photos, colors, art and DIY projects that I’ll use to bring the room together.

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1. Make it Yours Print
2. DIY Laundry Soap Storage
3. Brushed Rose by Valspar
4. Plum & Bow Zooey Dot Rug
5. Locker Basket
6. Alabax Medium Light
7. White Penny Tile
8. Nova Trellis Wall Stencil
9. Black & White Wall Hook

I’ve just started this project and I’m planning to do a few update posts along the way as projects are completed. Here is my to-do list:

* empty out room
* paint walls & ceiling
* stencil wall
* hang cabinets
* buy rug
* change out light fixture
* buy new storage bins
* DIY laundry soap storage
* hang art & household organizer
* install tile

My Favorite Beauty Products

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Typically, I’m not an overly “girly” girl, but I am a little obsessed with beauty products. I blame my Aunt Dee for this obsession as she’s the one who introduced me to makeup. When I was little, I’d spend hours organizing the makeup in her bathroom cabinet. To this day we still talk beauty and show off our latest and greatest finds when we’re together. I rarely brave the mall unless I need to pick something up from Sephora. Rob doesn’t understand why I don’t just order online. But, I could spend hours browsing around, looking for new products to try out. In the past I’ve tried to justify my pricey mineral makeup by mixing in lots of drug store brands. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for more natural, cruelty free brands that make products I can add into my regimen. There are lots more than there used to be! Here are a handful of products I’ve been using for years and a few new favorites too:

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1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36 – Great for gals that wear mineral makeup. It goes on like velvet and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
2. Badger Balm Sleep Balm, $10 – I keep this on my nightstand for sleepless nights; it contains organic botanicals that encourage relaxation and it’s also soothing on dry lips.
3. L’oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, $15 – Strong hold without the helmet head. I wore this on my (crazy windy) wedding day and my hair didn’t move. I love that you can brush it out; sometimes I use it like dry shampoo on my bangs.
4. Benefit Cosmetics Boo Boo Zap, $16 – This fast-acting acne treatment is great for treating pesky blemishes that pop up overnight or after a long day at the office.
5. Everyday Shea Vanilla Mint Shampoo, $11 – This shampoo uses unrefined shea butter and virgin coconut oil to cleanse your hair without stripping it’s natural oils. I’ll admit it took some getting used to (your hair needs time to adjust) but I love how healthy my hair feels now. And, no more oily hair!
6. Arbonne Lip Polish in Posh, $24 – I’m a little obsessed with this stuff. It’s super shiny but not at all sticky. Posh is a pretty shade of pink that will work for just about any skin type.
7. Earth to Skin Heal Tastic, $10 – I hate shoes. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me barefoot or in flip-flops. My feet take a beating and this balm is a lifesaver!
8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $26 – This brand has got the Midas touch. I had a hard time choosing just one Tarte product, but this blush is by far my favorite. It goes on great over a made-up face or bare skin and it makes my skin glow.

New Year, New Resolutions

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I do it each and every year — I kick-off a fresh new year with stale resolutions. There are a few I’ve rotated through over the last few years, sometimes revisiting them in tandem. Resolutions are great; but I think I’ve been doing them wrong. This year I decided to ditch those musty, old resolutions and try a few new ones on for size. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Capture More Memories. I’ve always loved taking photographs, I have boxes of photos from my teenage years and even more from before I was married. Over the last few years I’ve gotten out of the habit of carrying my camera. Most of the photos I have are sitting on my iPhone or iPad — I can’t remember the last time I printed any pictures. Rob and I have only a handful of photos (aside from our wedding photos) that aren’t couple selfies. In 2014 I want to take more photos and find creative ways to print and display them.

2. Be Stylish. I love fashion — but all too often I haven’t allowed myself to wear the clothes I’m crazy about for fear of what others might think. Two big things happened to me in 2013 – I turned 30 and accepted a new position that requires me to do a lot of running around but still be meeting ready. It’s time to clean out the closet. I want to explore fashion, define my style and learn how to dress my shape.

3. (Finish) Learning Something New. There is a ukulele in the corner of my bedroom collecting dust, an unread book about toy camera photography on the coffee table and several boxes of jewelry making materials in my art room that have sat untouched for the last few years. Last winter I took a sewing class and all I want to do is keep sewing – I want to prove to myself that I can stick to something and get really good at it.

Sure, I still want to lose a few pounds, I’m determined to conquer my schedule (must stop double booking myself!!) and I want to quit drinking diet soda. But, let’s be honest, those are probably things I’ll work on and wrestle with forever. I want 2014 to be the year where I learn to cut myself a little slack and resolve to enjoy life more! I can’t wait to share more with you about the progress I make with my 2014 resolutions here on the blog!

Happy New Year!

Our Favorite Champagne Cocktails

Friday, December 27th, 2013

I can’t believe Christmas is over! Soon, we’ll be counting down – 3..2..1..2014! You’ll need a festive, fizzy drink to toast the new year. As promised in last week’s post, I’m back to share a few of the Wilderness Girls favorite champagne cocktails. Make one the signature drink for your New Years Eve celebration, or set out a variety of fruits (pomegranate seeds, strawberries, raspberries, clementines) and let your guests design their own champagne cocktail.

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Jenny’s Pick: Peach Bellini

6 oz. Prosecco
3 oz. Frozen Peach Purée
Peach Slices (for garnish)

Combine prosecco and peach puree in a chilled champagne glass. Garnish with peach slices.

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Rachael’s Pick: Prosecco with Fruit
adapted from an Italian Bella Vita Recipe

6 oz. Prosecco
2-3 Clementine Slices
Pomegranate Seeds

Place clementine slices and pomegranate seeds in a champagne glass. Pour prosecco over fruit.

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Christina’s Pick: Brunch Punch

6 oz. Champagne
3 oz. Orange Juice
Splash Ginger Ale
Splash Grenadine
1 Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)

Pour champagne into mason jar; add orange juice and ginger ale. Slowly add grenadine and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cheers!