A rest day felt like heaven yesterday and it was very needed. I think yesterday might have been one of the top 5 laziest days of my life (besides days when I’ve been sick) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We only left the house once and that was for church.
The morning started with Skye opening one of her bday presents early. We couldn’t wait any longer, she is so obsessed with Frozen and singing ‘Let It Go’ all day that we had to give it to her early. She may not look like she enjoys being in this costume but she just takes anything with Elsa very seriously.
And then we got ready for church.
Their favorite part about Sunday = running down the hill after church.
Brooke has been loving putting Skye in her clothes so that happens often.
We both fell asleep on the couch during Skye’s nap.
And then we made food for this week. Roasted veggies and Shalane’s Quinoa Recovery Salad… I add the feta and avocado when I serve it because it doesn’t store super well with the salad in the fridge.
And then we watched a show and Skye used my head for a pillow like usual.
PS I’ve been reading this blog post over and over again… SO incredible and helpful for our running.
I have a bunch of gift ideas for you today if you need some and would love to hear any of your recommendations in the comments. And of course, you can’t go wrong with Oprah’s list either.
For the RUNNER in your life:
*Give them some tools for their mental training! My favorite running books for this are: The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive, Strong, Let Your Mind Run, and How Bad Do You Want It? ROAR is also an incredible book to help women understand our bodies as athletes!
*Sarah Marie Design Studio—> She has everything from the perfect clothing items for the running obsessed person to nail wraps, jewelry, mugs and more. I love supporting her and the amazing work that she does! I want everything she sells.
*My favorite winter gear is all on this post… help them to stay warm on their runs this winter!
*Twas The Night Before The Race Mug (my aunt got this for me one year)!
*Balega running socks… I want to have 100 pairs of these because I love them so much and have never had a blister with them.
*Koala Clip (HRG10 gets you 10% off!)! The absolute best way to take your phone on the run and she personalizes them too if you want.
*If they run with their dog, I love this leash to use while running with Beretta!
*The Believe Training Journal for your training.
*These little massage balls are awesome!
*Roll Recovery to help them recover from all of the work they are doing on the roads.
*My Hydration Vest is AMAZING and I used it for all of my trail/ultra training and race.
*My favorite handheld water bottle to keep your runner hydrated:)
*The leggings that I am obsessed with that are only $26… the colors, the materials, the pockets and the fit are just awesome.
*The long sleeve $24 top that I wear multiple times a week on my runs. It’s awesome and they have so many colors to choose from too.
*Awesome Resistance Loop bands for them to get their strength training on at home! ($10)
*My favorite ear warmer on the planet that comes in really fun colors!
*goodr Sunglasses! The original ones are my favorite and they are amazing running sunglasses for $30 or less!
*Andrew bought me this run necklace a few years ago for Christmas!
*Of course a pair of Brooks running shoes because who wouldn’t love to open up a pair of running shoes on Christmas?
*My spin bike is only $140 now and we have put thousands of miles on it (I used to use it all of the time and now Andrew uses it all of the time).
*If I listen to anything while I’m running then I use my AirPods and they are on sale at Amazon right now HERE!
Any women that you are shopping for (or for gift ideas to put on your wish list):
*An Erin Condren planner… they are amazing!
*My sunglasses that I use every day that I always get a lot of questions about!
*My Sorel Slippers are just heavenly.
*I use my robot vacuum every single day and it is amazing… perfect for dog hair and life with kids.
*A gift card to Great Harvest (okay, I’m just slipping this one in for people to know for me;)
Let’s talk about gift ideas for KIDS! I am not an expert on this at all but I’ll just share the top things that we have bought for our kids that get played with the most!
*Harry Potter Illustrated books… Brooke and Knox are in love with these and they are helping them to love reading more and more.
*Our kids are obsessed with this Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone!
*This wall climbing remote control car (I got this for Andrew but the kids took it over ha).
*Skye loves her Little Tikes Car so so much (and the big kids love pushing her in it as fast as they can).
*These bow and arrows (Andrew enjoys them just as much as the kids and they chase each other around the yard with them)
*Dog sleeping bags (sometimes I find Knox sleeping in his on the ground in the middle of the night rather than his bed ha).
*For a few years now the kids have LOVED this Floor Mat to practice gymnastics, slide down the stairs when they have a babysitter haha or to wrestle Andrew on.
*We probably should have bought three of the Bouncy Horse’s because our kids love it so much and want to bounce around on it all day.
A few of the things we are getting them this year: The FujiFilm Instant Camera, Princess Dress Up Trunk (and shoes), this blanket with 12 tags on it for Skye and Knox because they love blankets with tags on them, this message board for Brooke, Coding Robot, Beyblades set and a Drawing Mat to avoid marker on our floors;)
When do you do your Christmas shopping? Early, last second or somewhere in the middle?
What is on your Christmas list this year?
Those of you that prep food for the week… what are some things that you like to make (I need more ideas)?
What’s your run today! Fill me in!