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Running Log ~ Feb 20th

I finally got a long in this past weekend.

My cousin is running a half marathon the same weekend I am running my 15k.  So she needs to get her miles in and start tapering off to be ready for her half.  I on the other hand really only need to prepare to do 10 miles in a couple of weeks.

Since I haven’t ran more than 4 miles in a while, I took it slow and I only ran 9 miles instead of 10.  I also had to do some walking in there, and the rest of the ladies sometimes stopped and waited for me to catch up (even though I told them not to).  For the long runs, it’s not about the time, it’s just about the distance.

love the long run


When we got to the 4 mile mark I knew I didn’t want to run all 10 miles, cause we still had to go back to where we started.  I told them to go ahead and we would meet up on their way back.  I walked a little and ran a little till 4.5 miles, then I turned around and headed back, I stopped a couple of times to wait for them, but got cold and board so I kept moving.  They caught up to me and passed me on the return, but I was ok with that.

I like the group run, but I like the solo runs even more.  This worked out nice because I get the fun of a group run after and during pit stops, but I can kind of run by myself (with them all in front of me).  A little of both worlds.

running quote

Lately I have been running while at work, taking a break to get 3 miles on the hill done.  I realized I don’t like running at night anymore, I am just too tired.  And if I am being honest, that is really the time that I get all my crafting done.  I can’t function in the morning, so if I do try to run I am super slow.  It is really great to run in the middle of the day, and it is a nice break from work.  I also enjoy it because the weather here has been so nice, if I waited till the boys went to bed I’d have to go to they gym and I wouldn’t get to run outside.

My cousin wants to do 11 miles this weekend….



Just. Keep. Running.

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Dawn Marie

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Spring Treat Challenge

It has been awhile since I participated in a craft challenge.  A new challenge over at SVG Cutting Files started on the 15th (theirs run 15th-14th of each month) with a theme of “Spring Treat.”  I thought it was a perfect break for me because I love to make treat bags and boxes and wanted something with a bunny on it.

MSS_BunnyBag_SpringChallengeI actually found this bunny slide card and loved the little bunny on it.  I used a gift bag file that I have from SVG Cuts (not part of the challenge).  I duplicated the grass from the slider card to wrap around the bag.


Of course I had to use my sketch pens to write “Hoppy Spring” on a little egg.


Who knows, I just might have to make some more for Ian’s class mates.




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Menu Plan Monday Feb 16th


Happy Presidents Day!

I am so happy for this holiday right now.  I really need to finish up making Ian’s invitations.  Cause they need to get in the mail this week.  So I will be doing a lot of crafting today.

But that also means that I planned something for dinner that takes a little more effort, because I have the time.  I am always so rushed during the week that I like to make something a little more time-consuming on my days off.

I wanted to cook something different with ground beef, and boy was I having a hard time finding something new.  I am taking the recipe on Wed, and changing it to ground beef instead of chicken.  That recipe is also gluten-free and works for a Paleo diet, I however, will be altering it because my family is neither of those.


Menu Plan 2/16-2/22

Mon: Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Sour Cream & Cheddar Baked Mashed Potatoes

Tues: Crock Pot Brown & Maple Sugar Pork Roast with One Pot Garlic Pasta

Wed: General Tso’s Meatballs over rice

Thr: One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Heavenly Halibut with Parmesan Rice


Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie



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Valentine XO Game Free Printable

Valentine’s day is coming up.  Not really my favorite holiday, because I am not really all that fond of hearts.  Never really have been.  I even had an anti-pink period in my life.  Don’t worry, I got over it.

I have boys who need to give out Valentines at school, to both boys and girls.  They are two and four so I have a hard time wanting to hand out cards that say ‘be mine’ or ‘my valentine’ or anything like that.  There are lots of great alternatives now, and really punny ones too.  I typically like to make something for the kids to hand out, but this year I am so far behind and if I did make something I would have to double it cause now both kids are in preschool.

Yesterday I decided to just buy valentines for the kids to hand out.

EEKK!!! I KNOW! who is this lady?

But I couldn’t go with out making anything for the kids.  I love the Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine’s I have been seeing lately and decided to design my own for the kids at school.


In Silhouette Studio I designed the game board and some x’s and o’s.  Only I wanted them a little thicker so I cut out 5 layers of each x & o and glued them together.


The boys will give one to each kid, from both of them, but not as their valentines cards.  Just a fun gift and they can play it at school during the party.


I wanted to make a free printable for you guys, but didn’t want you to have to cut out all those little x’s & o’s.  So I made your game pieces in circles to cut out.


You can click on the picture to download it or go here.


Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!



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