Well hey there! How is everyone?! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Heck! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too - cuz I'm pretty sure that's how long it's been since I"ve posted on here! I'm WAY better at posting to Instagram these days - so if you want to stay in my loop - that's your best bet!
If you have been following along on social media, you might have noticed that I've been streaking lately! No - not naked across a football field - but run-streaking from Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day... 39 days of awesome!!!!!
I'm in my final week so I thought I would reflect a little bit and share how it's been going, and why I TOTALLY recommend trying it sometime!
For me, I committed to the run streak because I need to get some consistency back in my running life. I wasn't training for a specific race, I'm trying to get back into shape after baby #2, and I just needed something to work for. And that's exactly what it has done for me. I have loved running each and every day! I've run with both kids, each kid individually, on my own, with my dog, and even with a couple friend! It's been so fun to share it with so many people I love, and to experience the real joy of running again!
If you've ever thought about committing to a run streak, let me give you my 3 reasons that I think you should give it a go:
1. It's a short, daily commitment. You're only committing to run 1 mile a day. You can run more, of course, but you don't have to. Now, we all run at different paces, but we're looking at around 10 minutes a day. We can all find 10 minutes to devote to something awesome.
2. It helps you build a habit. I've NEVER run consecutive days in my life. I've trained for 10K's and half marathons but I would rarely run more than 2 days in a row. When I'm NOT training for something specific, it makes it really easy to get off track and all of a sudden it's been a week since I've got for a run. It takes 21 days to create a habit and that's exactly what this run streak did for me. It's become second nature to wake up and go out for a run. Now, I don't see myself continuing this run streak forever (although my obsessive compulsive personality is tempting me to...), I do think I'll be able to carry on the habit of getting active for at least 10 minutes a day. If you're needing to get back on track in your fitness, this is a great way to do it.
3. It can easily complement your other workouts. Doing a run streak doesn't have to alter your other workout plans. Some days all I did was run a mile. But other days it was the warm-up for a strength workout, or a second workout after going to my class. Whatever you like to do in addition to running - you can still do it!
And a bonus perk (because who can stop at 3?!) - I love having something to be accountable to. I don't know about you, but when I commit to something like this, it makes it non-negotiable. There has never been a doubt in my mind that I would complete this run streak. With the help of social media (#rwrunstreak) I have that extra motivation to get my run done each day!
My only complaint about this run streak (and really, it's my own fault....) is that because I often only did a 1 mile run, it was hard to get in a good running groove. I've yet to really up my mileage since having my baby, and as anyone who's run before knows, the first mile always kinda sucks. I miss that feeling of doing longer runs. I could have done them, but with my schedule and current fitness level, I feel like doing 1-2 miles a day was best for me at this point. I'm excited to start doing longer runs in the new year!
Another fun thing that this run streak has led to is sharing about how I use essential oils as a runner on Instagram. I'll try to compile it all into a blog post sometime, but if you're interested in checking it out, just head over to my Instagram! I'm @homefield_essentials
Want to try run streaking yourself sometime? Runners World hosts a #rwrunstreak every year from Thanksgiving to New Years, and I believe they have a summer version as well! But you don't need to wait for Runners World if you don't want to - pick a goal and start going for it! Need someone to keep you accountable? Hashtag #homefieldstreaking on IG and I'll be sure to cheer you on!!
Gah! Feeding my coach. It's got to be one of the hardest parts of football season for me. It wouldn't have to be all that hard, except for the fact that I really want my hubby to eat WELL during football season! I also don't want to spend a fortune on prepared foods or him going out to eat. He works long, stressful hours, spends time traveling and definitely gets worn down. If I can at least fuel him with healthy food, I feel like I'm doing my part to help the team succeed!
Now, every team/school/staff is different, but everywhere we've been so far my husband has eaten 3 meals a day at school AT LEAST 4 days a week. That means really doing something thinking and planning ahead when it comes to having food prepared and ready for him! I'll be honest - some weeks I really fail at this. He comes home at night looking for food to bring the next day and I'm like - "there's an apple...how about some cheerios?".
One of the things that I've done that really helps is make sure I plan several meals throughout the week for me and the girls and I make plenty for leftovers. That way, we can have them the following day for lunch and the coach can take them for at least one meal too. I try to do at least one meal a week in the crockpot. I've also found that pre-making 1 large egg dish for a week's worth of breakfasts has been a huge time/sanity-saver.
These egg bakes aren't the prettiest...and I'm definitely no food photographer! But they taste good!!
Another lifesaver this year has been finding a good shake mix for him to take as a snack in the afternoon. If you know my husband you know he is a coffee FANATIC and drinks it all day long. When I heard about CLICK protein mix and had the chance to try it for a review, I KNEW my husband was going to be excited about it. It's turned into one of the best things I can send with him each day! So here's the deal - they've taken a great protein powder (16 grams/serving) and added 2 shots of REAL espresso for awesome coffee flavor and a kick of caffeine! There is also a great boost of essential vitamins and minerals so it's totally suitable for a meal replacement shake too! Click comes in mocha, caramel and vanilla flavors. My coach is a total mocha fan so that was his hands down favorite. But the said they were all really good! He's been taking it to work every day and likes mixing it up with hot water for a mocha latte-type drink. We've also tried it blended with ice at home! All yummy! Coach claims that it's been keeping him full all afternoon while giving him that caffeine jolt he needs to get through practice and late night film watching! I'm just thankful that there is 1 less snack I need to pack each day!
Here are a few of our other football season stand-bys...
Click provided us with free drink mix to try & review. We loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you too! One lucky winner will get their very own canister of CLICK in their favorite flavor!
Enter the giveaway below!
Happy November! It's officially "holiday season"!
Isn't it? Is there some official person that decides that? Well, I've decided it for the rest of us...and I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED!
For once I've actually been thinking about gifts early this year so I wanted to share my findings! Do you have an essential oil lover in your life? Want to share YOUR love of oils with your family and friends? I've found the coolest gifts any essential oil addict would love. Bonus points - many of these products are sold by small businesses and mom-preneurs...my favorite kinds to support! Many of them have been kind enough to share discount codes with my readers so be sure to head over to their sites and show them some love! You won't be disappointed and neither will your friends and family!
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For the Oily Kiddos in Your Life
These snugly stuffed animals are essential oil diffusers for snuggling! Place 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil onto the "brain" and place it into the pocket located at the top of the head between the ears. Simply snap the pocket closed, hug, snuggle and sniff. These are the perfect gift for little ones who need some extra help falling asleep at night or just need a little extra lovin' some days!
You can get these silly little faces in several different styles and colors and in 2 different sizes. I recommend the gift set with the most adorable companion book "Sniff The Earth"! We just got our set and I can't wait to give it to Miss Mak for Christmas! Hallie and I have been sneaking snuggles and reading the book ahead of time!
This shop is closing on November 13th (maternity leave for the mom-boss!) so be sure to head over there SOON and get your order placed! On November 4th and 5th you can save 20% on your entire order with the code: SMELLYSALE20
Another diffuser option for the kiddos (or a kid at heart!) these adorable animal diffusers run for 8 hours and are the perfect addition to a little one's bedroom. You can even add a water bottle to it to work as a humidifier on sick or dry days.
We have Rosie the Pig and LOVE her!!
For Your Stylin' Friends
What if you could bring the benefits of your oils with you all day long, while looking beautiful! I love diffuser jewelry - they are so practical but so pretty too! This shop has several beautiful necklaces and there are even more on Etsy if you search around!
This is the perfect gift for your mom or BFF or anyone who wants a little extra oil
with them every day!
I've got an obsession lately with tees and tanks with fun quotes and sayings on them! I recently purchased this "oils & coffee" tank from Oils all the Time and I wear it constantly! Super comfy, cute, and a great conversation starter! This mama owned shop has other great shirts with oily sayings as well as really cute labels for your oil roller bottles!
Get 20% off the entire shop through Nov. 30th with this code: HOMEFIELD
For the Diffuser Addict
This is the PERFECT diffuser if you're shopping on a budget! For just $15.99 you get a long lasting (up to 6 hours) mist, an auto shut-off, and MY favorite - changing colors! I think kiddos would love this but I would love it too! I have a friend that bought this exact one recently and she is loving it!
This is the CADILLAC of diffusers you guys. It's way at the top of my wish list - I know several people who have one and love it, and I totally want it for my living room! It has the obvious diffuser component, but also a water fountain AND a bluetooth speaker! This would be awesome for an office too! By far the coolest diffuser I've ever seen!
Fun Stocking Stuffers
Who wouldn't want to drink their coffee out of this awesome mug every morning! This is another one on my personal wish list! Essential Oil Style is another small business that I LOVE to support. Aside from this killer mug, they have dozens of great shirts and other accessories to fuel your oil addiction.
They are offering 10% off your total purchase through Nov. 30th with the code: HOMEFIELDESSENTIALS
These are a personal favorite of mine, hand made by my very talented cousin! They hold 3 10ml roller bottles and are great for keeping your oils with you on the go! I've got one of these in my diaper bag and one for the kiddos too!
Taking pre-orders through Nov. 30th - email me to place your order!
Spread the Oily Love
What better way to celebrate the holidays with Peace, Cheer and Holiday Joy? These are just a few of the AMAZING oil blends available that you will LOVE these holidays! Here are a few of my favorite doTERRA products that are perfect gifts for the experienced oiler or total newbie! Get all of these products and more at a 25% discount by emailing me!
So...do you have your shopping list complete yet? Or maybe a whole new wish list? I hope you've gotten some great gift ideas here today and I hope you'll get a chance to check out some of my favorite shops - it's a shop small kinda holiday, don't you think?!
What's on YOUR oily wish list this year?
It's great to see you! I'm Alyssa and I blog about all the things I've found "essential" in my life as a fit mama and football coach's wife. You'll find all kinds of fun stuff here like workouts, oily info, football stories and more!
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