Friday, February 28, 2014

A Random Cat Post

I'm a proud representative of the "Crazy Cat Lady" club. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I use the #crazycatlady tag a lot! I love my cats...and here are some totally random cat-related thoughts.

 
Why do people use the phrase "crazy cat lady" but no one uses the phrase "crazy dog lady"? I see pictures on Facebook and Instagram all the time of people celebrating their dog's birthday - making cakes and putting party hats on the dogs. I don't see cat owners doing this, and yet WE are the crazy ones?!

 
Lots of people have dogs who will come when you call their name.  This cat comes when you whistle the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock". It's weird I know, but no other song works.


 
My cats - Maximum and Minimum - are from the same litter and look almost identical. However, they hardly acknowledge on another...unless one is in the other ones way.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm Lovin' It

Today I thought I'd just share a few random food products I'm lovin' lately!

 
Um...Sea Salt Caramel Peanut Butter? Yes, please.
(Have you entered my giveaway?)

 
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
These are seriously amazing. I keep them in the freezer because they're impossible to consume immediately when frozen.  So, I have to let them sit out for several minutes - and then I prevent myself from eating the whole container at once.  I've had this container in my freezer for over a month! 
(I found these in the organic section of my local Giant!)

 
Dark Chocolate Cherry Coffee
I just found this last night at Target. It smelled so delicious, I couldn't resist. I cold brewed it overnight and thoroughly enjoyed a cup of it this morning! It's yummy - great for satisfying a sweet tooth without needing extra sugar!

 
KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink
I've tried really hard to like Kombucha. But it's gross. It's like drinking vinegar. I know some of you love it - but I do not. I do love the idea of getting the probiotics from it, so I was excited to see my grocery store start carrying KeVita! 

(Why am I drinking this stuff? Because of the probiotics! Probiotics are the "good bacteria" that live in your gut. Probiotics support a healthy immune system and a healthy digestive system. Plus, it's a nice fizzy alternative to soda.)

Those are just a few fun products that I'm enjoying lately.  Nobody paid me to tell you about them (though I wouldn't turn it down if they did) - I just like them and thought you might, too! 

Anything new out there you're lovin'?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nuts About Nut Butter (GIVEAWAY ALERT!)

 
If you were to open my fridge right now, you'd quickly discover that I have a mild obsession with nut butters. The varieties you see in the picture are all kinds of almond, peanut, cashew, walnut, craziness.  

A few weeks ago, I stopped in at a local bakery/farm/market (Brown's for my local friends) and came across these little packets of nut butter...
 
...and of course I couldn't resist them!

When I got home, I did a little internet research and discovered that these packets are made locally by a company called Blind Spot Nut Butters. After I did a little more reading about the company's philosophy and story - I was hooked! (it also helps that their butters are AH-MAZING!)

 Sheri and Troy founded their company after Troy's diagnosis with a degenerative retinal disease (hence the name "Blind Spot). They are seeking to take Troy's disability and turn it into something positive for their family - and for others! A portion of their proceeds go to support research for retinal disease. Read more about them and their business in this article from our local paper!

So other than a great company philosophy, being locally made, and just plain delicious - what else makes BSNB unique? For one thing, I'd say the texture of their butters. BSNB uses a meat grinder instead of a traditional nut grinder - and it produces this thick nut butter.  Also, their ingredients are 100% REAL FOOD. They are things like nuts, sweetener (molasses, honey, and/or cane sugar), and seeds.  That's it - no fillers, no emulsifiers, no chemicals you can't pronounce.

 

The flavors and blends are also unique!  I'd tell you what my favorite is but...I don't have one because I love them all. Some of their flavors include:
Sea Salt Caramel (regular and chocolate)
Chocolate PB Pretzel
Birds and Bees (nut butter + chia, millet, flax, and sunflower seeds)
Cinnamon Roll (seriously - it's like a Cinnabon in a jar - great on pancakes!)
Squirrelly Tail (nut butter + flax, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds)
Super Squirrelly (Squirrelly Tail + dried cranberries and apples)

They also offer seasonal flavors like Sugar Cookie, White Chocolate Cherry, Tropical, and It's a Zoo (nut butter + banana chips and chocolate and animal crackers!).


You can buy BSNB at several local places in York County - but if you're not local, you can order online too! They sell 1.25 oz sample squeeze packs and 12 oz glass jars. Click here to shop!

I used the Sea Salt Caramel to make these Flourless Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction and they were a HUGE hit!
 

I also love any of the flavors on top of toast, waffles, or pancakes! It's great on apples, with carrot chips, and straight out of the jar.
 


Are you nuts about nut butter??  
Sheri from BSNB has a sampler pack to give away to one of my lucky readers!! 
To enter, simply leave me a blog comment telling me your favorite type of nut butter!
(Bonus entries can be earned by tweeting about the giveaway, following Blind Spot on Twitter, and liking Get Busy Living and Blind Spot on Facebook!)

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Year 4


I've been thinking about what to write on this day for almost 2 weeks now and I am struggling.  At the "4 year mark" this day doesn't seem to carry the same weight that it has the 3 previous years. Each of the 3 years before, I spent my morning quiet time sitting in my living room staring into the dining room where Isaac was. My morning quiet time just so happens to occur around 6:30am, which is just about the time Isaac left this earth.

This morning, it felt different though.  I didn't stare into that room thinking about how heavy the atmosphere felt. I glanced over, and thought about how grateful I was that God has been SO GOOD to me in the past 4 years.

I posted this on Facebook today: Today instead of sadness, I choose joy. The name Isaac means "laughter", and if you knew him - you know how appropriate that was! There was so much joy in our short time together - and since the day he died, I have watched God bring joy to my life and to so many others through Isaac's story and the things I gained from knowing him.  So today - don't be sad or feel sympathy...feel joy! Joy for the time we had, joy for the laughter he brought, joy for the lessons learned, joy for the lives changed, and joy for the hope we have in Heaven!

This year especially has been a particularly joy-filled year. Looking back on life since February 2013, there are a lot of things to be thankful for. I've run 2 half marathons, a 10-mile obstacle race, a mud run, and numerous 5k and 10k races. I've met so many new people and formed relationships that have flourished over a mutual love of fitness, running, and/or Jesus. I've actively sought out dates - gone on a few first dates, had my first "dating a person for a few weeks" experience since Isaac, and met a few duds.

It's been a year of hard work, success, laughter, love, friendship, and fun. And I'm pretty sure it has been everything Isaac would want for me to have - and more.

To read my thoughts from previous years - check out these posts: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shenanigans

One of my friends, Cathy, from "The Fab Five" had some fun with my Florida pictures this weekend! Check out the hilarious ways Cathy "joined" me on vacation!!!


Enjoying some refreshing winter "snow-ga" haha!!

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere!!

She even has palm trees!!

Wish you were here!

Our mutual Facebook friends got a kick out of these postings too - suggesting I try skinny dipping or para-sailing! HAHA!! Thanks for the laughs, Cathy!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Escape from the Snow!

This weekend, I was able to escape from the snow for a few days in sunny Florida! For four days I got to enjoy some beautiful temperatures, ocean breezes, and time with my parents. It was glorious! My parents are currently "stationed" south of Tampa - in the town of Cortez, which is just across the bridge from beautiful Anna Maria Island.


Some of the best parts of my trip were exercise based.  I ran my long run on Sunday morning in PERFECT weather.  Clear blue skies, low humidity, and temps in the 60s.  Plus I had my "road crew" along - Mom and Dad met me at mile 5 so I could refill my water bottle and they could snap some pictures.  My mom was a great photographer!



The next morning, we woke up "early" (by retiree standards) so I could go to beach yoga! My mom and I road bikes 3.5 miles to the beach where yoga was taking place, then she walked while I did yoga, and we road home. The instructor, Rachel from Starfish Yoga, was awesome! If you're ever in the area, I high recommend checking out beach yoga!






It was a great stay - and so very wonderful to escape the snow for a few days and enjoy white powder on the ground in a different form! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end - and I arrived back in the snowy north yesterday night. I tried my best to bring some warm temps with me!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Jacobus 5 Miler Recap

Saturday morning was the Jacobus 5-Miler Race.  This race was part of the York Road Runners Club Winter Series. (There are 2 more races left - Springettsbury 5-miler and Indian Rock 10K!)

My friends from Gruver Fitness Bootcamp met before the race and ran the 1 mile "Fun Run". Check out those smiles - we do look like we're having fun, don't we?

The area I live in is not lacking in hills, and this race was no exception! The race starts with a nice long downhill and winds along Lake Williams - which was gorgeous all covered in snow! I started out moving right along, trying to take advantage of the down hill.  But, as the saying goes...what goes down, must go back up! Thank goodness for Stephanie and Heidi running along with me.  We took some walk breaks as we climbed the STEEP hill at the end.



 
If you check out my mile times, it's easy to spot which mile held the mega hill! 

 

After the race finished, we all ran one more mile for a total of 7 miles that day! It was nice to enjoy some beautiful weather and running with some great people! Don't worry - 2 days later we had 8 inches of snow.