Archives for October 2013

It’s Getting Colder! 5 Tips for Staying Safe & Warm During Outdoor Activity

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Louisville it was fall last week. It’ll be fall next week too, but this week? It’s winter… at least it feels like it outside! Temps have literally been around freezing and that can put a huge damper on your level of enjoyment for outdoor activities. I hate being cold, but over the years have been able to take the right precautions in order to be able to keep enjoying my outdoor activities, without freezing my buns off and risking hypothermia. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, climber, or just enjoy being outdoors in the colder months, here are five tips to help you stay safe and warm during your outdoor activities:

1. Dress for it!
If you’ll be getting your heart rate up, you need sweat-wicking materials! The better fabrics you have, the warmer/safer you’ll be. My man-friend has a saying about being cold during cold-weather activity: “If you’re cold, you’re either broke… or you don’t know any better.” It’s true. When I was younger I had no clue how to dress. I was always freezing and hated being outside during winter. I had no idea that jeans and cotton hoodies were part of the problem. When it comes to athletic outdoor activity, cotton is the devil! Later, when I knew better, I was too broke to afford to buy clothes made of sweat-wicking and wind-blocking materials, synthetic tops/bottoms, and jackets filled with down feathers. If you’re somewhat financially stable, investing in the right clothing and outerwear will make such a difference! You’ll enjoy being outside during any weather and though they’re more expensive, the right clothes will last you many years!

2. Cover your head, hands and feet! 
Since most of your body heat escapes through your head, hands, and feet, it’s good to keep these areas covered. For my dome, I like this ear-warming headband and this hat (great for chicks who’ll need a hat that works with ponytails) from Lululemon.  These  North Face running gloves (to keep your hands just warm enough and still able to operate the touch screen on your phone or mp3 player) are also my jam.

3. Don’t layer too much! 
This is something I always have to remind myself of. I hate being cold so over dressing is always tempting. The last thing you want to do though is break a sweat in chilly temps. If you’re like me and know you’ll want to wear too much, do 10-15 minutes of warmup and bodyweight activity before you go outside. You’ll already be warm so won’t want to put more layers. Once you go outside you’ll know if you have the right amount of clothing/gear on to keep you warm enough, but not sweaty.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings. 
If it’s been freezing temperatures in your area, there are likely to be wet or frozen areas around you. Make sure you watch where you step, run, jump to avoid any falls. Nobody wants to spend the holidays injured. And please, if you’re with your buddies, don’t stick to your tongue to anything frozen on a dare. Even if it’s a triple-dog-dare… Who knew there was so much to learn from A Christmas Story?!

5. Double check your health conditions.
Like with most physical activity, it’s good to check with your doc beforehand to make sure there’s nothing that will harm you (or your kiddos!) while playing or working out outside. Cold weather can exacerbate some conditions like asthma or other lung issues (A few years ago I had to avoid all outdoor activities when I had bronchitis in December and January… #buzzkill). It’s better to be safe than sorry, so know before you go!

Now I gotta go layer up to take Tango out… ; ) 
Happy Friday! 
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It’s Getting Colder! 5 Tips for Staying Safe & Warm During Outdoor Activity

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Louisville it was fall last week. It’ll be fall next week too, but this week? It’s winter… at least it feels like it outside! Temps have literally been around freezing and that can put a huge damper on your level of enjoyment for outdoor activities. I hate being cold, but over the years have been able to take the right precautions in order to be able to keep enjoying my outdoor activities, without freezing my buns off and risking hypothermia. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, climber, or just enjoy being outdoors in the colder months, here are five tips to help you stay safe and warm during your outdoor activities:

1. Dress for it!
If you’ll be getting your heart rate up, you need sweat-wicking materials! The better fabrics you have, the warmer/safer you’ll be. My man-friend has a saying about being cold during cold-weather activity: “If you’re cold, you’re either broke… or you don’t know any better.” It’s true. When I was younger I had no clue how to dress. I was always freezing and hated being outside during winter. I had no idea that jeans and cotton hoodies were part of the problem. When it comes to athletic outdoor activity, cotton is the devil! Later, when I knew better, I was too broke to afford to buy clothes made of sweat-wicking and wind-blocking materials, synthetic tops/bottoms, and jackets filled with down feathers. If you’re somewhat financially stable, investing in the right clothing and outerwear will make such a difference! You’ll enjoy being outside during any weather and though they’re more expensive, the right clothes will last you many years!

2. Cover your head, hands and feet! 
Since most of your body heat escapes through your head, hands, and feet, it’s good to keep these areas covered. For my dome, I like this ear-warming headband and this hat (great for chicks who’ll need a hat that works with ponytails) from Lululemon.  These  North Face running gloves (to keep your hands just warm enough and still able to operate the touch screen on your phone or mp3 player) are also my jam.

3. Don’t layer too much! 
This is something I always have to remind myself of. I hate being cold so over dressing is always tempting. The last thing you want to do though is break a sweat in chilly temps. If you’re like me and know you’ll want to wear too much, do 10-15 minutes of warmup and bodyweight activity before you go outside. You’ll already be warm so won’t want to put more layers. Once you go outside you’ll know if you have the right amount of clothing/gear on to keep you warm enough, but not sweaty.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings. 
If it’s been freezing temperatures in your area, there are likely to be wet or frozen areas around you. Make sure you watch where you step, run, jump to avoid any falls. Nobody wants to spend the holidays injured. And please, if you’re with your buddies, don’t stick to your tongue to anything frozen on a dare. Even if it’s a triple-dog-dare… Who knew there was so much to learn from A Christmas Story?!

5. Double check your health conditions.
Like with most physical activity, it’s good to check with your doc beforehand to make sure there’s nothing that will harm you (or your kiddos!) while playing or working out outside. Cold weather can exacerbate some conditions like asthma or other lung issues (A few years ago I had to avoid all outdoor activities when I had bronchitis in December and January… #buzzkill). It’s better to be safe than sorry, so know before you go!

Now I gotta go layer up to take Tango out… ; ) 
Happy Friday! 
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Intriguing Blog Stats of Late

If you have a blog or any other website, I’m sure you’re constantly checking your analytics page to see how many views, interactions, and comments you’re receiving. I do this as well, but noticed I hardly ever look at the other stats: Audience, Traffic Sources, etc. I checked them out yesterday after a couple things caught my eye. Some funny things I’ve learned from it:

1. I’ve written over 560 posts so far. Crazy. 
2. Awesome to know that Buzzfeed used one of my posts for their “Life Hacks” list! 
It’s #2 here. Holla!
3. The top three countries that make up my audience are The US, Germany and France.
Welcome!  Willkommen! Bienvenue! 
4. And the best one yet: My blog has been found by keyword search phrases such as 
 “Flasher Mom” 
“Public Nose Picking” 
&
“13 Year Old Girl Bra” 
It’s nice to know I’m hitting my target audience.  

Have you checked your stats lately? What interesting/hilarious info have you found? 
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Things That Are My Jam Right Now

The following things are currently my jam: 
1. It’s Pumpkin Pie season, bitches!
This was my first one (of the year) from a couple weeks ago:

2. Yay, BOOTS! 
It’s finally time to be able to wear them and not worry about being hot/sweaty later in the day. 

3. Tango, Churchill, and standing on top of the vent when the heat is on.
#heatercankles

4. Kelly Clarkson told all of twitter me personally
that she’s releasing a Christmas Album this year!! Pre-ordering that ish now. 

via

5. This pumpkin muffin mix. 
It’s about to smell delicious up in here.
Even the dogs know that. 

6. Being in single digit range in the countdown to see my man-friend!
9 days! 

What’s your jam right now? 

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The Sunshine Awards: Part I

My awesome ex-pat buddy, Sara has passed along the Sunshine Award to me! And since it’s been like a ghost town around this blog for a little while, I’m happy to oblige. Here are the rules: #1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger. #2. Share 11 random facts about yourself. #3. Answer the 11 questions set by your nominating blogger. #4. Nominate 11 bloggers yourself. #5. Post 11 questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.

Since Sara made the executive decision to cut 11 down to 7 
(which I’m totally in line with), I’m only doing 7 as well. Up top, girlfriend! 
Also, since there are 5 steps to this bad boy… it’ll be completed in parts. So here we go with Part I.

#1: Thanks, Sara for this awesome award and giving me something to write. Check.

#2: Here are my random facts: 

1. Doing these award posts always reminds me of the chain letters that would get going when I was in middle school. There was a good month long run that got a lot of us writing our little 11 year old hands off… when we started racking up 100+ letters to write, we finally decided to stick it to the man and called it quits. Can’t say that we haven’t been looking over our shoulders since then…

2. I love popsicles. I recently paid $3 for this HUGE bag of freeze pops (the kind that are just liquid in plastic tubes and you freeze them yourself… every part of the country has different names for them, I just call them popsicles). They’ve lasted for a couple months now and I’ve been loving them. I’ll even eat two in a row, or eat one at breakfast time, just because I can. I LOVE BEING AN ADULT. I bought another bag at the store the other day because I figured they’ll stop selling them soon as the colder months hit. These should last me ’til Christmas. There must be 100 popsicles in there…

3. I love Halloween and dressing up, but I’m the worst at coming up with costume ideas. I always come up with great ideas in February and then forget them by the time October rolls around. I’m the girl at the costume store 4 hours before the party, trying to pick through all the leftover items and piece something together… and I refuse to go as a “sexy” ______

Although this is clever: 

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4. As is evident by my blog lately, I’m an “All or Nothing” type of person when it comes to most things: productivity, workouts, relationships, cooking, etc. I’m either in and going full speed ahead, or completely out.

I need to be ALL productivity this week. I’m feeling a little rundown though, so I feel more like this:

5.  This one’s an oldie, but a goodie. Plus, anybody new around here may learn something new about me: I’m naturally blonde. I dyed my hair brunette in 2008 to try something new and to see what it looked like. I think it fits me better than my ashy blonde color, especially in my pale, winter state, so I kept it.

Here’s what I used to look like (with highlights):
Halloween. Circa 2004? 
Bonus points if you can name our Halloween costume. ’cause it’s a hard one… 

6. I’m about as “Type B” as you can get, but when it comes to money and bills, I’m ON IT. No bills are ever paid late, I keep spreadsheets on everything, and my credit score rocks because of it. Too bad I can’t brag about how much money I have… #iliketotravel

7. I’m not a lotion/moisturizer person, but I can’t live without chapstick. I mean… I would if I had to, obviously, but I’d suffer. You know when they ask you what one item you’d choose to have with you if you were trapped on an island? Chapstick for me! These lips need constant care and are sensitive! Lip sticks usually cause them to peel, as do other types of scented balms.  I have Chapstick in my purse, my car, my travel bags, my makeup case, my bedside table, etc. I don’t have to apply it a lot, but I always need to have it with me. Just in case…

#2: Check.

Stay tuned for the next installment.
Same Bat time. Same Bat channel.

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Being a Mountain Biking Newbie… Again.

“I look and feel so attractive in bike shorts.” – no girl ever. 

Despite having to wear bike shorts, I’ve really gotten into mountain biking lately… again. A couple summers ago I was learning to ride. It was as scary as it was fun, but fun nonetheless. I’ve been wanting to get my own bike since then, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it since mountain bikes cost about a billion dollars. Flash forward to this year and I’ve finally bought my own… and have been feverishly trying to find buddies to ride with. And I have to admit… it’s been a fun to once again call all my buddies that might be home and shout, “Wanna go ride bikes?!” : ) 
My friends, Stacey and Abby have mountain bikes
and we’re all about the same level, which is nice. 
Had a fun “girls’ ride” the other day. 
Helmets, gloves, padded shorts, Camelbaks…
#legit. 

But only a little bit. Amador, Stacey’s husband, saves the day 
as he helps put air in all our tires! 

Yay for having tools and knowing how to use them! 
(My man-friend, an avid cyclist, was shaking his head when I told him about this. I’ve been instructed
 to buy a bike kit and am getting a crash course in bike maintenance on my next trip to see him)

I’ve found other friends that have mountain bikes as well! 
This is me and Trish… waiting for her son and hubs to re-do a section 
of the trail so they could “do the jumps”. 
We opted for selfies instead: 
 
I’ve also found that a more cooshy seat, like this one, 
will help keep my lady parts from being smashed… 
…always a good thing. 
I’ve also learned that as I’ve gotten a little more practice, 
I’ve gotten a little braver. And faster. 
And now falling has become a regular thing.
My roommate just had to get photos of me the other day after I came in from a ride
and a few falls. There’s a lot of dirt on me… 

She was thoroughly entertained. 
As were the dogs. 

Any other lady mountain bikers out there? 
Thoughts? Tips? 
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