Things I’m Lovin VIII

It’s Friday, it’s Friday! I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here we go.

1. My new Vitamix. I’m obsessed with it. But apparently I’m not quite the smoothie master. I’ve tried a few of the green smoothie recipes, but would love to find more. I can’t wait to actually make something other than smoothies, but it’s what I’ve had time for this week. And yes, I’ve had a smoothie every single day. I’m also trying to find the perfect recovery protein powder that isn’t processed. So far, per instagram, the favorite is Vega. IMG_79332. Additional Race Bling. My AG placing award for the Asheville 1/2 Marathon arrived last week. Somehow, even after 2 phone calls, they had my address wrong and shipped it to another runner who placed. He was super kind to find me on Linkedin and mailed it to me.

IMG_78633. Mizuno Baton and Back on my Feet. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I am open minded to brands. I LOVE seeing when brands do good things for others, and Mizuno is doing just that with the Mizuno Baton. You can download the free GPS based app on your phone, track your miles for a week, and $1 for every mile goes to Back on my Feet.

Back on My Feet is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. 

I’m lucky enough to be in Mizuno’s backyard and they are sponsoring a 4 mile race, Meaningful Miles, with Back on My Feet in Atlanta on August 16th in Grant Park. I have an extra bib that I would love to share with one of you so please comment below if you are interested and I will draw a name on July 18th. MeaningfulMile-2014-logo

4. A weekend on the coast. I’m back in AL for the weekend. I will get some time on the water, hopefully catch a lot of fish, and then officially become the godparent of one of my best friends little ones. It will be the first time since taking my job that I haven’t made it a work/fun trip and I’m looking forward to that!

5. Barcelona and Amsterdam. What, what! Yep. I mentioned it a while back but in two weeks I’m headed on a non running vacation. I wiped out the skymiles and I will be gone for a week. Time has caught up with me and I’ve done ZERO research (I know I still have some time) and would love yalls advice if you have been to either place.

What are you up to this weekend?? Advice on Barcelona or Amsterdam? Anything you’re loving lately? Any smoothie recipes that you love?

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  • Well, that sounds ridiculously fun. I still have to decide where to go on vacation this year, so I’ll be checking back. I like to do every other year out of the country, and this is a non-USA year, but I’ve been procrastinating planning.

  • I love my VitaMix so much. I rarely follow recipes…I just throw in good-for-you stuff and a bunch of cocoa powder and some ice cubes. It usually comes out pretty awesome. And then I made margaritas last weekend that were killer even though it was all Cuervo and mix from Costco.

    I’ve been to other places in Europe but never Barcelona or Amsterdam. Have fun!!!!

  • I want a Vitamix so badly, I’m so jealous!!! We went to Amsterdam a couple of years ago and LOVED it! It’s such a great place!!! Definitely do the Heineken tour and Anne Frank museum. If you are looking for a budget friendly hotel that isn’t scary, we stayed at Citizen M and it’s a pretty cool place. Also very cool about Mizuno and Back on my Feet!

  • In Barcelona, watch for pickpockets-it’s especially bad and our experience with local law enforcement was not positive. But that’s the only bad news! Check out anything by Gaudi…especially his cathedral. And we did a Segway tour of the city…good way to get your bearings. Have the best time!

  • I’ve been to both, but know Amsterdam better because I studied abroad there. Vondel park used to be really cool, and had some open-air concert type things, but also fun just to hang out. If you’re doing Anne Frank house, there’s a really cute red awning cafe on the princsengraht for coffee. If you’re doing a day trip, I recommend Delft. It’s pretty touristy, but there’s a market outside and the ride passes a bunch of tulip fields! You’re going to have a great time!

    • P.S. Red light district (oops! Don’t know how I forgot this since I was there studied human sexuality)! – There’s tours by former prostitutes where you can go inside an empty booth. I think it’s through the PIC (Prostitute Info. Center)? Anyway, the district is very safe, with many families living above the window booths, and a strong police presence.

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