I’M ON A PODCAST!: I am SO EXCITED to announce that I was interviewed last week for my favorite running podcast, The Ali on the Run Show! You probably remember me talking about the podcast a lot during training for the Prague Marathon because I listened to it on all of my long runs. Ali’s interview style makes you feel like you’re running while having a conversation with a friend. Although we have “known” each other through blogging and social media for years and are basically best friends, we have never met in person, and I was beyond excited and honored when she asked me. In fact, I think I very professionally replied “OMG YESSSSS” to the email she sent me asking me if I wanted to be featured. ANYWAY, we cover a ton of different topics ranging from foster care to running, the hardest part about eating disorder recovery, mental health, my blogging regrets and more! It’s definitely the most personal I’ve ever gotten during an interview and I’m really excited to share it with you. Listen to it and/or download the episode here!
Tailwind Nutrition: If you’ve been following my blog for a few years, you know that my fueling needs are…complex and sporadic, to say the least. From severe acid reflux that makes stomaching most things on the run a challenge to excessive sweating (especially in the summer) that makes fluid replacement a near impossibility, I have often struggled to find fuel that works for me. When Tailwind Nutrition offered to send me some samples of their endurance fuel, I actually almost said no. I was sick of trying different fuels that tasted horrible and just made me feel sick. However, I decided to take them on the Tour du Mont Blanc with me and was pleasantly surprised! Not only do the flavors taste good, they didn’t make me sick, and I got the electrolytes and carbs I needed to keep hiking. Do I think that, like the slogan says, Tailwind is “All you need, all day?” No. I personally need a lot more fuel than that. But at 200 calories, it was a good place to start!
The Try Guys: If you have never watched Buzzfeed’s video series “The Try Guys” before, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. I really don’t. It is literally exactly what it sounds like – a group of 4 guys that just try out new/weird/strange things and make videos about it. Each one makes me laugh hysterically, and I’ve come to have very strong opinions about each of the Try Guys and which one is my personal favorite on any given day. Just go watch all the videos right now, come back and we can discuss. My current favorite video is this one:
Aventura Bethel Cardigan: If you’ve been peeping my Instagram stories lately, you’ve probably seen me wearing one of two things every single day for the past few weeks. One of them is the Bethel Cardigan from Aventura Clothing! The company generously offered to send me three pieces from their fall line, and I also got the Kineta leggings (which are a super flattering 7/8 length and HAVEEEE POCKETSSS!) and the Delta Top. I’ve gotten so many messages from people asking about the sweater, so I wanted to pass it along! It’s the perfect length and colors for fall and I’m obsessed. I am living my best athleisure life pretty much all the time these days, and the sweater has the perfect polished look to make it look like I have fashion sense while still keeping me super comfortable.
The Tooth Fairy Doesn’t Knock: If you are a parent who is sick of reading your average children’s book, The Tooth Fairy Doesn’t Knock is written for you. This hilarious take on everyone’s favorite tooth goddess is hilarious for kids and adults alike! The boxed set also comes with a “fairy door” to mount on your child’s wall, and it is seriously the cutest thing. The company that makes the book, Funny Fable Productions, also makes hilarious t-shirts that I have to stop myself from buying on a daily basis. “Toyz N the Hood?” Amazing. Even better – the company donates a portion of each book purchase to The Water Project to help kids around the world get access to clean water.
KUHL Arva Hoody: The other piece of clothing you’ve likely seen me wearing every day lately is the Arva Hoody from KUHL. It’s no secret I’m obsessed with KUHL‘s clothing – after all, it’s literally the only brand I brought with me to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc and trek in Nepal – but this piece is definitely one of my new faves. It’s lightweight enough to not make me sweat this time of year, but still heavy enough to have some structure and weight. My favorite part is the asymmetrical zipper – once again, making me look stylish! I love all of the fall pieces I have received as an ambassador, so be on the lookout for more if/when the weather ever cools down (it was 92 today, kill me).
Chicken and Kale Burgers from Costco: I don’t really ever talk about food on the blog, but my current food obsession is the Chicken and Kale burgers they sell at Costco. I am not a chicken burger person, but these are just so damn good, and there are hints of mozzarella in there too. Whether you find them at Costco or your local grocery store, just find them immediately and buy them all.
My grandmother is moving to South Carolina!!: I am SO EXCITED because my grandmother is moving to South Carolina! She has lived in Florida, about 10 minutes from where I grew up, since I was 9 years old. She’s 92 now and it’s getting harder for her to live on her own, but she can still do a lot of things independently. Still, we worry about her a lot. So she will be moving to an independent living facility about 15 minutes from where I live in Greenville! I cannot wait. She and I are really close, and I’m so excited to be able to spend a lot more time and all of the holidays.
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Disclosure: As noted in the post above, I received several items for free. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. This post does NOT contain affiliate links.