My Engagement Story ❤

Dan and I had our first date January 31, 2016. And it has been pure bliss ever since. I’ve had a rough patch of dating all the wrong people, but this time was different. We see eye to eye on so many aspects of life, we both have a laid back free spirit type of personality that just meshes so well. He is always thoughtful and goes out of his way to make me feel appreciated, special, and important daily. I have so much respect for him as a father, a friend to Makenna, and a  teacher, the way he impacts his students and mentors them even well after graduation melts my heart. 

So we decided to travel to Thailand together. The first 4 days we were in Bangkok,  interesting city, very busy, and far from romantic! Later Dan told me he was getting nervous because it wasn’t what he’d had in mind.  Then we flew to Phuket. Beautiful white sand beaches, a tropical rainforest. We get to our hotel and the rooms aren’t ready. No biggie, so we decide to enjoy a cocktail while we wait for it. A few other people we were traveling with told me to go to the window and get a photo of my drink with the beach and resort as the background (little did I know they were distracting me) 

Then, out of nowhere, it’s starts pouring down rain. And Dan knows I have always had a fantasy for kissing in the rain, so he asks me “do you want to go kiss on the beach?” And obvi… YES! So we head down, take off our shoes and start kissing, it was beautiful ❤ I tell him, let’s go into the water! So I turn to him reaching out for his hand, and he is down on one knee, he tells me that I’ve made him the happiest boyfriend in the world, and asks me to make him the happiest husband in the world❤YES, so many yesses!!! 

I couldn’t have had a better story. It was perfect, just us all alone on this beautiful beach half way across the world. 

Dan, ever since you have come into my life, I have been nothing but happy. You are my soul mate, and the one who truly understands me, and I understand you ❤

You have made me believe again, in true love, you inspire me to be better. I have loved every one of our adventures, and I can’t wait for many many more! I love you and all of your sweet little girls!

 I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you, I can’t wait to be your wife, and a second mommy to all of your girls ❤

Best trip ever ❤

St. Paddy’s Five Miler and Some Randoms

This weekend was one of those weekends you know you will look back on and smile about someday 🙂 Lots of family fun! We decided Saturday we would check out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with all the kids.

I’m pretty sure their favorite part was the candy! 

My P.I.C.

And my fave girl, who I wish I got to see more of!

And of course her babe, with Jon photo bombing in the back haha

Saturday night, I bartended, and another one of my faves stopped by to see me for the St. Paddys party. My bro!

Sunday we set out to run five miles, the weather was beautiful. The race is always at Spokane Community College, so snapped a pic with the mascot.

Right before the start…

After the start, look at all the green!

Fresh strawberry banana protein shakes for after! I used frozen strawberries instead of ice, so good!

And sadly, my phone died after this and I got no photos of my nephews birthday party at the skating rink 😦 All the kids were so cute, and Makenna is getting so good on skates!

Here are some randoms I haven’t gotten around to posting!

We did a seafood night which was much needed, I had been craving seafood bad!


I saw this vintage tee at Garageland that I wanted bad, it was $100 and I’m still contemplating going back…


These dark chocolate bars with sea salt are to die for


These two cuties at the mall ❤


Sometimes it’s hard not to give money to panhandlers, this guy says not to. What do you think?


Pad Thai from the restaurant Phontip Thai, you guys, their food is amazing, go there if you haven’t already!


Makenna liked the Thai iced tea! And has the tongue to prove it!


My recent obsession from Starbucks! Sous vide egg bites, the bacon ones! And a green tea latte with soy, so good!


These nut butter filled Clif bars. Ummm for all the rage I’ve been hearing about them, I wasn’t impressed. The nut butter inside was on the dry side.



This photo makes me happy ❤ My Mom and Dan love doing this!


I know these flavored tuna pouches seem weird, but they’re actually really good, especially on salad! And tons of protein!


It’s a kitty condo in the back lol Just because I have a cat, doesn’t make me a crazy cat lady! It doesn’t, it doesn’t!!!!


2.8 miles :))


This was on the media reader at the gym. You guys, this could be really bad news for me haha McDonald’s is for sure my guilty pleasure!

Anyways! I hope you all have a beautiful rest of your week ❤ I’m praying for sunshine over here ! 

Peace✌ and Love ❤

~Sami

Trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Some Treadmill Running

Recent Workouts

You guys, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill at a 9:13 pace. I know, most of you are thinking, sooooooo??? But for me this is a huge deal! Last year my miles were creeping up to the 11-12 minute mile range. I have started running faster in very very small increments, and am finally up to 2 miles at this pace! Today’s workout: .5 miles at 3.5mph, .5 miles at 4.0mph, 2 miles at 6.5 (9:13 minute miles), and 1 mile at 4.0 mph. I have also been doing spin class at EWU 2x per week, and GRIT class, which is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) 2x per week, which has contributed tons!

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Also, recovery is huge, especially when doing weight training. I have been trying to add in a protein shake after most workouts. I love the Orgain Organic Protein you can find at Costco, it’s fairly inexpensive and tastes great! I bring the powder in a shaker bottle with me, then after my workout, I just add water. BOOM!

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Also have been trying to squeeze in yoga when I can. I love stretching, it’s my favorite ❤

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Ainsworth Hot Springs, Nelson, and Kaslo British Columbia

We set out last Saturday for a trip to B.C. for Dan’s birthday! Since Dan just got his passport, we decided to put it to use and check out Canada! I love road tripping with this guy! You know, you can always tell if a relationship is going to last but how well you travel together!

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First stop was Nelson. We were starving and stopped at the first restaurant we found called Finley’s. A cute little bar and grill.

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OMG had probably one of the best burgers I’ve had in years. It was called the Wise Cheddar Truffle Cherry Burger. It had pacific rock cheese, cherry jam, truffle aioli, pickled red onion, lettuce tomato and a ciabatta bun. So.Good. Even the side salad was loaded with veggies.

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We also did some thrifting and walking around downtown, look how cute their City Hall is (they also had a big modern one next door). They have some awesome hippy shops downtown too!

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Next stop was Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. The drive was gorgeous by the way, after you pass Nelson, you take the road along Kootenai Lake, which is surrounded by the Rockies. Breathtaking. We decided to check in , take a silly picture, and hit the hot springs right away.

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The coolest thing about the hot springs here are the caves. It’s a horseshoe shaped cave. Very hot and dark inside but they have a few small lights similar to garden lights that give a romantic ambiance… ooohhh la la… It was too dark, so I stole a couple pictures from the net. I loved it here, but what struck me as odd was that the water was odorless. When we went to Quinn Hot Springs, the water smelled like rotten eggs. Call me weird, but I loved it, it made me feel like there was a very high mineral content and my body was being healed, well not really but you get my drift. You could tell the water felt different at Ainsworth, but it just wasn’t as strong.

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This is not me… haha

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The view was insane!!

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Next stop, Kaslo, which is another 20 minutes or so North of Ainsworth.

wp-1488835198307.jpgWe stopped at the most quaint little cafe called Bluebelle Bistro. It was adorable and even had an old wood stove inside.

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Can’t go wrong when you have coffee with the one you love ❤

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Normally not a pastry person, but this butter tarte was to die for

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View from the edge of town…

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One last stop on the way home. Brilliant Bridge.

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This handsome devil

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Road trips are the best! Well any trips are the best really ❤

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Has anyone tried these chips, it’s a Canadian thing… I’m not really a fan, but when in Rome…

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Hope you have a great weekend y’all!! Anyone else doing the St. Paddy’s 5 miler on Sunday? If so, hit me up, I’m doing it and don’t have a running buddy yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Benefits of Bone Broth, and What We’ve Been Up To

Today is one of those holidays I always find cliche, but yet when they come around I’m happy to celebrate! Thank God Dan gets this and came through 😉

Also, gotta show the fam some love. Makenna wanted special heart hair for her valentines party, so here we are.

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Anyways, in running news, ITS RUNNING SEASON! Always my first race of the year is the Partners in Pain 5K. I love this race because not only does it get me back in the running spirit, but it reminds me that running is HARD! It’s not something that you just always have (at least for me), but it is something you have to constantly work at, like so many other things in life. And once you let it slide, its harder to get back to where you once were with it ❤

But you just keep doing it…

Here is Angie and I at the start, it was super bright out

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The course is gorgeous with views of the Spokane River, it is near Kendall Yards

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It was a fun out and back run! But I must say, I always love seeing the finish line!

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Here’s me after…. ugh I was not as prepared as I should have been, but are we really ever???

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So, I’m back out at EWU and there is a little section with a few food trucks (which PS, I love!)

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I found this little gem, if you see this out and about, it’s a must try!

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They had a Thai wrap that is AMAZING! I don’t know their secret, but the peanut sauce was insanely good. I approve!

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I’m obsessed with coconut ANYTHING! Hence one of the reasons I think I may have been born into the wrong climate, but anywhoo. So I had to try this yummy coconut antioxidant drink, only 10 calories per bottle. If you love suntan lotion like I do, you will love it 😉

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Bone Broth

So, one of the latest food trends is bone broth. I am a self confessed pho addict (which is made of a bone broth base), therefore this is my cup of tea, or um, bone broth haha bad joke!

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I’m not gonna lie, this is about double the price of regular chicken or beef stock, but the nutrients definitely make it more valuable than the latter.

Here are a few reasons to try bone broth:

  1. Its good for your bones and joints. It naturally contains glucosamine, chondroiten sulfate for joints and calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium to make those bones strong and help prevent osteoarthritis.
  2. Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission. (Shape.com)
  3. It can heal your gut due to the gelatin, and fights inflammation in the intestinal tract.
  4. Boosts immunity
  5. Builds muscle, have you seen the protein content?? I was amazed!wp-1487108533948.jpgYes, you read that right, 9g of protein per cup! WHAAAAA????

And it tastes good, I mean, I had to add a little salt to mine since I got the low sodium version, but it was really good!

Here is a little random fun we’ve been having!

So, this combo hardly seems right, snow and running shoes, but hey, gotta get er done!

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Mak at the Dr.’s office, Kisses!

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Sky High trampoline hair!

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Because sometimes you gotta wear your snowshoes in the backyard…

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These 2 monkeys at Chuck E Cheese’s

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Gotta get the Chucky’s photo

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I made the chicken cauliflowered fried “rice.” This recipe is all over Pinterest, and its amazing, even leftover. I recommend!!

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I’m LOVING this YETI coffee to-go cup Dan’s Dad Dave and Brenda got us, It no joke keeps my coffee warm for 4 hours!!

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Also loving these new running pants, TJ Maxx $16.99!

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Sled Party @ Jake and Beth’s!

Makenna with her Uncle Ray for a snowmobile ride!

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Ridin dirty down the driveway to get to the other cars! Not sure we could have fit anyone else in there!

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Lastly, just wanted to share this mantra with you, I keep it on my desk and read it weekly. It always gives me a little boost when I need it!

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Have a beautiful rest of your week everyone! Hope you have an amazing V Day 2017 ❤

School, Snow, Sickness, Ski, Snowshoeing and Spaghetti Squash!

So apparently I love words that start with the letter “S.” I mean my name iiiissss Samantha, so there’s that. Anywhoo, I have lots to share about whats been going on lately, life has been super busy. I’m happy to announce that I am back in school! If you know me, you know that I have my BA in psychology, and if you know psychology, you know that you can’t do much in the field without at least a Masters degree. So here I am, beginning my journey to get my masters in school counseling! I’m taking a few classes at Eastern. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize! I am taking a couple workout classes as well, which I have been loving, EWU has a new rec center that is nothing short of amazing, ice rink and all! I’m taking some group fitness classes as well as just working out in the gym there. It’s very nice!

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Not my best photography skills below oops…

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In other news, Makenna has been taking ski lessons with one of her besties, Londyn. They are the cutest things ever! It amazes me how fast they learn, they went to the top of the mountain on the third lesson! Daredevils!

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She also got some ski time in with her cousin Reagan who was also up taking lessons

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She was exhausted!

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So, I normally snowboard, but this Saturday I’m going to attempt to ski with my babe…. wish me luck!

Guys, I have been so sick the last two weeks, hence why I haven’t been posting much. But this sickness kicked my ass! I know its going around but it got the best of me. Here is a snap of what I’ve been eating

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And I’m only half kidding. I’m finally feeling better and NEEDED to get outside and get some fresh air. So when Angie invited me for some snowshoeing, I thought I’d dig them out and head to Mt. Spokane with her, and her friends Dawn and Stephanie. We had a blast, it is so beautiful up there.

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I lost those sunglasses too grrrr

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Look how deep the snow is up there (on top of this outhouse) probably close to 4 ft

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Warming shelter

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Heres recovering sick me, obviously overheated and lacking oxygen haha

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They had a sign in sheet at the cabin, it was really fun to look and see where the poaple are from who have signed in

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Awwwww ❤

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I had such an amazing time, love these girls!

So, I wanted to share with you all how I cook my spaghetti squash. I’ve heard of and tried a lot of ways. I DESPISE cutting the spaghetti squash raw, it’s a workout in itself. It’s basically carving a small pumpkin. For me the easiest way is to take the spaghetti squash and simply stab a couple holes in it ( so it won’t explode/let out the steam).

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Next, I bake it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. You may have to adjust the time depending on the size. Then I carefully remove it, cut it in half the long way, it’s soft now so the knife just slides on through. Open it up  and while holding the half with a hand towel, I scrape out the seeds, this is also easier now as the inside is much softer. Then fork out the “noodles” and enjoy however you like! Easy peasy!

Loving this kombucha right now ❤

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And this guy ❤

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And these two loves, they put on a fashion show for us

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And this quote from one of my faves

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And homemade low carb protein muffins. Once I get a healthy recipe down, I’ll share it 🙂 They’re still a little on the dry side, so I have some experimenting to do!

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Still one of my fave pre-workout breakfasts. Stick to what you know right!

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Loving walnuts in my yogurt too

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And kinda sorta addicted to these new bacon gruyere egg bites at Starbucks. You guys, they’re amazing. The texture is like nothing you’re ever tasted!

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I CAN NOT for the life of me find a copycat recipe. So I did look up the sous vide cooking technique, where you basically cook things in a vacuum sealed plastic baggie at low heat for a long time (6 hours or so). So, I took a stab at it…

First I melted the goat cheese so it was soft and easy to work with

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Next I added the eggs and cream and beat until blended

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Then put it in a ziplock and cooked slowly for about 45 minutes, who really has the patience for 6 hours 😉

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Next I put in cupcake pan, topped with bacon and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes.

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Turned out really yummy!

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I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week! Share your snow activities with me! I’m getting bored and need some ideas on what to do outside for fun!

Peace & Love ~Sami

 

Trip to the Canadian Border & Jax Juice

Crystal Falls

Dan, Mojo and I had a weekend sans kids, so we decided to take a quick road trip up to the Canadian border and stop and see some sights along the way.

Doesn’t this pic look like we’re about to sing a duet to the Frozen theme song haha …Maybe it’s the matching Goonies shirts #sorryimnotsorry #relationshipgoals

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Mojo looking comfy in the back

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Until this happened… Not quite sure what he’s doing but he crammed his booty here almost the entire drive… no judgement though Moj, we love ya!

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So, Jackie posted some pics of this place and I thought, how beautiful! It’s up past Colville just right off the road. We expected more of a challenge as far as getting to the falls, but it was pretty to hike a bit along the river. You can find directions on how to get there –> here.

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Overall, very beautiful and peaceful. I love the sound of natural running water.

We found a random thrift store along the way so thought we would have some pre halloween fun. I’m not gonna lie, I wanted everything in there! Well everything except the “dog bed” that was really just an old couch cushion haha

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Ok Ok, back to the trip. Our next stop was the Box Canyon Dam. The view was gorgeous, but I can only imagine how much prettier it would have been without that dam there.

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The train tracks were sure pretty though! This is the train ride that goes from Ione to Metaline Falls. 2016 is the last year they are doing this 😦 I logged in to their site as we wanted to get tickets, however, the rides are sold out for the rest of the year. We decided to stop by the train station to see if there was any way to still find tickets and to get to the bottom of why they are closing down. The lady there was very nice and gave us the run down on why. Turns out they would have to have an inspection of the bridges that would cost $130,000. On top of that, they would have to fix whatever came back insufficient on the inspection, this could lead to millions of dollars, which they just don’t have. You can read more below, excuse the wrinkles and footprint on the sheet. Road trip problems.

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This was by far THE most beautiful drive I have ever taken. I couldn’t help but snap a ton of pics. Enjoy.

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Creepy abandoned looking park, eeeek

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We headed farther North in hopes to see Gardner cave, but it was closed for the season when we finally got there. Next time!

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Jax Juice & Randomness

We checked out Jax Juice on Market and Wellesley, AKA Give It a Shot Espresso. He makes fresh vegetable juices, alkaline water, apple pie, and more! He knows Dan and is trying to get him to be a part of a program he trying to get started.  Buddy Ball, where you team up and play baseball with a child that is disabled. Dan works with kids that have disabilities and personally I think it would be a great fit! When we got there he told us he attended his first City Council meeting and that he brought juice samples for everyone there. He got up to speak, and told everyone there that the juice samples are not why he was there. He was there because  they are putting in a new baseball diamond at Mission Park. He is an advocate for children with disabilities and is hoping for a playground that will accommodate as well. He was there to say thank you <3.

This is Jack

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This is Jax Juice.

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Mak giving Mojo some love

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Slight obsession with roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts right now

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Makenna and Lila have this cute love/hate thing going on! They argue, but then they miss each other/have each other’s backs if anyone is messing with the other. It’s super cute really!

Getting cozy at storytime haha

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And at dinner ❤

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Makenna’s braiding skills are on point! She’s been practicing a lot

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It wouldn’t be my blog without at least one running selfie. You win some. ya lose some haha

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Dan’s friend Dave had a bonfire for his 40th birthday, which was a blast! Kaylynn got the girls together for this!

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I hope you all are enjoying the fall so far! Have a blessed week ❤

~Sami

 

 

 

 

Spokane Half Marathon Recap & Moose Chili

Last Sunday October 9th, I set out to complete the Spokane Half Marathon in honor of a friend from high school, Tasha Buckles. I signed up for the race with Steph and Chana, who were much closer to Tasha than I was, Steph thought we should honor her life and her family by running for her, and we all agreed. I didn’t know this, but she had a thing for tall socks! The Tasha that I know was always positive, outspoken, beautiful and had a passion for her family and friends. You will be greatly missed by many TJB!

Chana is awesome and had some pretty sweet shirts made for us.

These in pink

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And these long sleeves, in gray

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The weather was perfect for running! We even lucked out with no rain!

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I love Spokane this time of year, and this course was no exception!

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Got to see a couple of my FAVE cheerleaders along the way! My Mom and Daughter ❤

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And these Bagpipers and dancers!

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Finish line photos! I look really happy to be done, because I WAS! That was a tough course, sooo many hills!

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Found myself a finish line buddy ❤

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These girls stole my medal and my heart ❤

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Guess what this is…

Get your mind out if the gutter!!! It’s the race medal!

Our finish pic!

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I just want to give a shout out to my Mom for bring Makenna down to watch me finish, Dan and Lila, and Ray and Nicholle, you guys made crossing the finish line so special for me ❤ Love you guys! And Mom for lunch and beer at the Elk!

Also, it was so good seeing so many friends along the course! Steph and Chana, Sara, Nancy and Kaylee!! Good job guys!

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Tristan’s 7th Birthday Party @ Triple Play!

So, we started out the day getting our family photos taken, which I will share later! So we had to haul ass from Deer Park allllll the way out to Coeur d’Alene, we were a little late but didn’t miss the good stuff!

Pit stop to Starbucks, they’re representing our Hawks!

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The girls getting ready for battle

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Here’s Makenna killing the ropes course in wedges haha

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Kace

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Lila looking so cute and tiny in the laser tag get up

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Mak and Kylee!

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Randy Ray made it too!

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The kids had a great time, there were just so many more people here I didn’t get to see much of! That is the only thing that I find hard about these parties, they are a blast but its hard to get everyone together!

Moose Chili

Dan had some moose burger so with fall officially here we decided to whip up some chili! I personally love the copycat Wendy’s chili recipe

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If I were to make it again, I would modify it by only using 1/2 the can of tomato sauce. It was a little tomatoey for my taste, I like my chili a little more hearty. But shoot add some cheese and saltines and it toned it down and made it perfect!  I like moose burger even better than beef hamburger! So if anyone has some they want to give me…. 😉

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A Little Randomness…

My cat as Chewy! Here’s a tidbit for you. Did you know George Lucas though this character resembled chewing tobacco, hence the name Chewbacca!

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Makenna found this at our photo shoot!

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We’ve been getting pretty creative lately with her hair!

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This pretty much happens everyday ❤ ❤ ❤ It melts my heart ❤

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Have a great rest of your week everyone, Dan and I are going to do some exploring over the weekend so I’ll share that next time!!

I am working on constantly honoring my own soul, but for now it is still a work in progress, I’ve come so far but still have a long way to go ❤

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Long Run Done!! & Homemade Acai Bowls!

Last Sunday, I had my 10 miler on the calendar. My last and longest run before my half marathon next Sunday the 9th of October! EEEKKKK! It’s always intimidating, but it feels so good to be done with it. Not only do you get that sense of accomplishment and all those feel good endorphins in your system, but you finally feel fully prepared (or as prepared as you’re ever going to feel) for your race! I met up with Erica at Kendall yards. We did 1.5 miles toward Riverfront park and back. She left, and I finished another 7.5 solo.

I think visors are the most dorky thing ever, but they really do serve a purpose when running hahaha

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And on a side note, whats with all the crazy clowns lately???

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I love how Spokane bolted down these orange adirondacks with a view

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And these green ones too!

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Another one of my running selfies. You’re welcome. haha

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I started eating this GU at about mile 6. I love this flavor, and I love even more that it contains caffeine. These ones are my fave, it gives you a little extra boost.

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I passed Life Center, I love that their motto is “Loving God, Loving People”

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So, I’ve never done the Spokane half before, but I’ve heard that A LOT of it is the same as the Bloomsday course, which to me means there will be a TON of hills! So, I must say that I was not disappointed AT ALL to see that Doomsday was shut down for construction 😦 I still went up that way because I’m curious like that. But I highly doubt the course will take us that direction.

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Here is some more random Spokane beauty from that day on the pavement

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Passed 1000 steps again!

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More turkeys! I think I may really be becoming the turkey whisperer

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Mommy Daughter Date ❤

Sometimes you need that one on one time with your kiddo. So Makenna and I hit the mall to just hang and spend some quality time together 🙂 She wanted to get her GPS watch set up, but T-mobile couldn’t figure out how to do it with a data line, and I didn’t want to spend $35 per month for a watch, so that was a bust…

On our way!

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We’re Beliebers LOL

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We had pretzels and boba tea for dinner! Her choice

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Here she was at her last soccer game, killin’ it in the rain!

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And here she is reading to Lila, Dan’s little sweetie ❤

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Kids are the best, they really do remind you that it’s the little things in life that truly matter. Plus they’re so darn cute… most of the time anyway haha

Acai

So, as many of you know, I’m borderline obsessed with acai bowls. They taste amazing, are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and boost your energy and brainpower naturally, through food!

Here is one I got last week from Method North. They blended the acai with peanut butter, topped it with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, granola, coconut and cocao nibs! Amaze!

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So, I was super excited when I saw that Wal-Mart started carrying Acai! The said acai bowl from method runs about $8, but I found a box with 8 single servings of acai for $12.97

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They look like this

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I topped mine with this granola, along with banana and coconut. It turned out so good!

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DAMMIT!!!

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Here are some other random running pics and eats from the week:

YUM!

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Double Yum!

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Run starting from the G.U. Campus

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This is under the Division bridge, where we put the paddleboards in

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So pretty this time of year!

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Lantern Fest is here again!

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My home dye job turned out pretty good!

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Chip, guac, and pico from Rancho Chico. Looks basic, tastes amazing.

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It was raining so I decided to run inside on the treadmill this morning… blah… my least favorite kind of running, but its necessary sometimes… Speaking of this morning. I need to send a shout out to my boyfriend Daniel Feldhusen for leaving flowers on my doorstep this morning. Honestly made my day a million times better after a rough night last night. Yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of my Dad’s death 😦 He’s the best and always knows how to make me feel better ❤

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I love me some running analogies…

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Have an awesome weekend everyone!! Wish me luck on my half marathon Sunday!!

Happy Girl Run and Some Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Happy Monday! The Happy Girl Run was last Saturday. This is one of my favorite races. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but they have the best swag bags including socks from The Sock Guy, and some great samples and coupons! I met my friend Angie Friday night to pick up our packets and we had some dinner at Twigs, one of my favorites!

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Here is my race morning routine:

  • Get up at the butt crack of dawn
  • Drink coffee, I love the caffeine and ahemmmm other benefits. Sorry. TMI.
  • Make my usual pre-run breakfast of an english muffin topped with almond butter, sliced bananas, and cinnamon
  • Double check my list and make sure I have everything, specifically my Garmin, headphones, race bib, and chap stick
  • I like to wear running pants with a little zipper pouch for my car key
  • Pin my race bib on to my tank top that is under my long sleeve shirt. I get hot and know I will take that off
  • My phone which also happens to have a pouch on the back that can hold my ID, debit card, and a $20
  • Stretch and Go!
  • I usually say a prayer on the way to the race too

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Found these yummy pumpkin spice english muffins at Yoke’s

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Also, speaking of pumpkin, here are some other good finds from Trader Joes

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The race started off and it was a beautiful day

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Thank God for Angie. I just got some bluetooth headphones that I know I packed, well they were MIA once I got there, I think they fell off my neck when I got out of my car because I still can’t find them. She had a spare pair. LOVE!

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Why cant the whole thing be downhill haha

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My phone died halfway through, so I ended up running without music and didn’t get to take any pics of all the pretty horses along the way 😦 I have done this race 3 years in a row now, every time they have been here in Spokane. I think this is the start of a running tradition for me, and hopefully my daughter too someday ❤

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I tried this brand of Kombucha from Target, its really good, not as strong as a lot of them

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And a few shots of my sweetie hustlin’ at her soccer game

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Today’s Run

My legs were still sore from all the hills at the Happy Girl Run, even after I took a rest day yesterday and got a leg rub from Dan ❤ But I pushed through and got a 3.5 miler in along the Centennial Trail.

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Gotta throw in a running selfie haha

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So, I talked about the homeless camps along the river on my paddleboarding post here Food, Running, Guns, Golf, Lake and Saying Goodbye to Summer 😦 . It was kind of crazy to see one so close. If you look closely at the bottom right of these two photos, you will see a tent!

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I love the trail in the fall!

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Pumpkin Protein Pancake Recipe

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  • 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • milk or almond milk to desired consistency

Mix everything together in a mixing bowl and cook on a pan how you would cook regular pancakes. I topped mine with fresh ground almond butter. But I’d like to try to copycat Boots’ Bakery’s chai butter, it was oh so yummy! I promise they taste better than they look!!

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Saw these cuties all lined up at the pet store

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Have a beautiful week everyone, Love & Run. ~Sami

 

A Long Run, Good Eats, and Not So Good Eats!

I had the privelege of completing my first true long run of this training for the Spokane Half Marathon! I could not have asked for better weather. I got to the trail head about 6:45am. It was chilly, a little overcast, and about half way into the run it started not raining, but misting. It was perfect!

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And look what I saw! These guys are huge up close and I’m not gonna lie, I was scared they were going to try and attack me. I just watched a video on Facebook the day before my run  of a mailman having to use his walking stick to keep a flock of turkeys away from him!! They’re savages I tell you!

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I love seeing this mile marker. Only one mile to go!!

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I finished up my 8 miler, and even though this is my longest run yet, it felt better than any other run I’ve done! I think all the iron and vitamins are kicking in!

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Makenna’s Soccer Game & Ryan’s Party

Next up was my daughters first soccer game of this season! I sure love my girl! She works hard and likes to try new things, wonder where she gets that 😉

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We got to head over to my brother’s house for my nephews birthday party, he barbequed up a burger for me and just happened to have a glazed donut, so BAMMM. I just ran 8 miles, I deserve it right haha

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Good Eats

We made fajitas using leftover venison steak. OMG these were so good that I had to bring them for lunch the next day. Dan also approved.

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I know a lot of people have mixed feeling about eating venison. And I did too for a long time. I remember being traumatized as a little girl seeing a deer cut open hanging from the rafters of my Dad’s garage and swore I would never eat it. But I grew up. I realized the health benefits of venison. And decided it actually is for me. And having a boyfriend that hunts makes it even that much more appealing.

Here are some health benefits of venison:

  • Venison has more protein: 26 grams to 23 grams in beef
  • Is free range, grass fed, and usually organic depending on what they eat
  • Venison also has more vitamins and minerals per serving than beef does. It has advantages in iron, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin.
  • Eat a 3-ounce serving of roasted venison, and you’ll get 10 percent of the DV for thiamine, 15 percent of the DV for zinc, 20 percent of the DV for iron and phosphorus and 30 percent of the DV for riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-12. The B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-12 help you turn the food you eat into energy, keep your skin and hair healthy and play a role in brain and nervous system function. You need zinc for forming proteins and DNA and healing wounds, iron for forming red blood cells and phosphorus for kidney function and creating strong bones. (livestrong.com)

I baked a chicken breast in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then topped it with pesto, mozzarella, and sliced cherry tomatoes. To Die!!

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Dan and I made a breakfast stop at Boots Bakery downtown and ordered their pumpkin waffles. They came with Chai butter on top and syrup. By far the best waffle I’ve ever had! And when you order coffee, it comes in a random mug. I guess I’m the worlds best boss haha who knew!

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And of course, gotta love pho! Especially this time of year ❤ This was from Pho Thinh, but I my fave is still Pho Van. Pho Sho!

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What NOT to eat!

I stopped by Trader Joes on my way to work to pick up some kombucha and  something for lunch, so grabbed this. Sounded so yummy and healthy

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OMG I wanted to spit it out immediately! GROSS!!  It tasted like expired baby food haha Don’t do it!

This is also from TJ’s. SUPER good, until you look at the nutrition facts…

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Mind you, this is a really small portion and I ate the entire thing for lunch one day last week, whoops 960 calories!! UGH!

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Oh, and I should probably put the donut burger in this category as well!

I think being healthy is a bit of a roller-coaster ride. There are going to be ups and downs. We try our best, there is so much temptation, birthday parties that include cake, a home cooked meal at Mom’s house, nights out which include wine or good beer, etc. but as long as we do things in moderation, we’re going to be ok. I think we need those days to make us try harder on the other days. It’s always going to be a battle, but we must never give up! Anyways, have a beautiful weekend everyone ❤🍁❤🌞❤🍊