Twosday LXXIII

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Apr 222014

Articles I’ve Loved Reading This Year

  1. Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney by Ron Suskind on the NY Times
  2. The Art of Saying Goodbye from Entertainment Weekly

Binge Watching On My Televisions

  1. Veronica Mars.  I’ve finally surpassed the point in the story in which I had previously seen the episodes, and am in the middle of season two, now.  I’d say I’m only paying about 40% attention to this show as I’m watching, but I’m okay with that since I purchased all three of the seasons on eBay after binge watching 20 episodes with Julie one weekend.
  2. Bones.  We finished all of the seasons available on Netflix and are now working through the entire current season available through Hulu+.  I can’t believe we’ve caught up on this one!


Naked Flavors Tried & Loved So Much I’ve Since Bought Them Again
The awesome folks at Naked Juice reached out to me after seeing that I had been sharing my love for their smoothies on Instagram, offering to send me coupons to try new-to-me flavors.  I’ve found two new favorites for getting the freggie power into my day. As a reminder, even though I received coupons to try new flavors for free, my words are 100% honest, and my opinions completely my own.

  1. Blue Machine.  This is SO yummy!  This flavor is going to be added to my normal smoothie treat rotation.
  2. Tomato Kick. My absolute favorite Naked remains the Berry Veggie, but this sister-product was a welcomed treat because it was SO different than all the other Naked Juice products I’ve tried in the past. I have found my new Bloody Mary mix base, my friends!  The bell pepper and lemon flavors mixed with this tomato based juice gives this a flavor blast

Favorite Flavors for When I Want to Pack the Produce Power

  1. As mentioned above, Berry Veggie is my number one favorite flavor and my most favorite thing about it is how much produce is packed into one bottle. [Full list can be found here: Naked Juice Berry Veggie]
  2. Green Machine.  As sweetly delicious as the Blue Machine, but with bunches of green goodness boosting the tasty smoothie.  [Check out the goodness inside here: Naked Juice Green Machine]



Running Workouts from Easter Weekend

  1. Two easy miles, followed by “speed workout 3.”  I recently read a tip from a pro-runner about adding short, fast, speed work to the end of your workouts to help train your legs to run hard while tired.  I wrote out a few super quick speed options to tack on to the end of a couple of my runs each week.  This one consisted of choosing a pop song and jogging through the verses, sprinting through the chorus, from start to finish.
  2. 5K RALAPRR. That stands for “run as long as possible, recover, repeat.”  I listened to comedy album on my iPod as I ran and knocked about 30 seconds off from the last time I timed a 5K run.

Strength Training Moves I Worked Into the Weekend

  1. Window Washer Plank. After seeing Katy Widrick share about it through instagram I decided to give this killer move a try.  Talk about an ab burner!
  2. Down Jumps. Amanda gave some great hill training strategies recently, including this move which mimics the impact created from downhill running.


Favorite Features of the Heat Holders
As a reminder, even though I received these for free in exchange for a review, my words are 100% honest, and my opinions completely my own.

  1. Bright pink! I mean, honestly – how fun!  Can’t help but smile when I see the bright color on my toes.
  2. Seriously warm.  The packaging reads “The Warmest Thermal Socks” and I believe it.  The winter here was longer than we would all like to remember [it just snowed an inch here last week!] and I’m really happy I had these bad boys to keep my feet warm through all the snowy days and icy nights.I especially put these super soft socks to use in the weeks of inventory prep in which I spent time out in the warehouse counting and tagging for hours at a time.  These thick socks fit perfectly under my boots and got lots of use keeping me cozy while the weather stayed chilly for far too long.

Other Bright Pink I’m Loving in My Every Day

  1. My running shoes are a super fun bright coral color.  I usually go for black or slate grey, so this pair screams happiness.
  2. I’ve been wearing this fuchsia glitter BAMR band during my evening runs the past couple of weeks. Love the pop of color.


Twosday LXXII

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Apr 082014

New Netflix Additions I’m Stoked Over

  1. House. I plan to watch the entire series from start to finish at some point.
  2. Bob’s Burgers new episodes. This is my favorite adult cartoon at the moment and I’m happy to be able to watch more episode commercial free.

Netflix Viewing of the Weekend I Highly Recommend

  1. Mud.  I heard great things about this movie for months now, so when I saw it pop into the New Releases area on Netflix, I decided to schedule a movie night pronto.  Nick and I both agreed that this movie was really well written.
  2. The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall.  This was such a wonderful special.  If you consider yourself a comedy nerd in the least, I’d say you’d enjoy this.  Some of the stories I had heard on my favorite comedy podcasts over the years, so part of me felt like I was on the inside as I watched this.  So good.


Healthy Decisions Made Twice This Weekend

  1. Go for a run/walk.  I went for a run both Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.  The weather is finally starting to resemble spring, and my body is so thankful for some time outside, stretching the legs, and getting fresh air in the lungs.  I’ve loved taking time away from the computer to get a run in each day this weekend, and took the opportunity to listen to both podcasts and music during my runs.Saturday’s run/walk brought me home at 3.08 miles, so I continued to run a bit down the sidewalk to hit a 5K.  I was purposefully not running hard and walked as often as I wanted, so my time doesn’t mean much truly, but I do feel like I’m going into spring training in a good place after looking at the details in my garmin.  When I was running, I was holding a much faster pace than expected, which is inspiring me to keep it up and reach that 5K in under 30 minutes goal this July! (or earlier!!!)
  2. Take a nap.  I was so exhausted on Friday evening that I swear my brain was in pain.  I collapsed on the bed in my work clothes within moments of walking in the door Friday evening and allowed myself to crash to nap land for an hour.  It was lovely.  I didn’t hold back when the nap bug hit me on Saturday evening after dinner, either.  I snoozed for over two hours, then woke up and got back to work, making lists and planning steps for productivity.  I love naps! More naps in 2014!!

What I’ve Been Wearing While Running

  1. My new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 running shoes.  Though I bought them with an awesome online coupon, I still paid a pretty penny in comparison to my purchase history for my new running shoes. To me this shows that I’m putting my running goals at the forefront of my priorities this year, and I’m cool with that.  I decided on these shoes after reading several reviews, specifically one from Ari, who I then talked to about the Wave Riders, too.  I’ve worn them on two walks and two runs and am very happy with my decision so far.
  2. BAMR bands. Obsessed. They stay on my head no matter the conditions I am running in and keep my messy flyaways under control.  Plus, these headbands come in so many adorable prints. I love wearing these when I have my hair pulled back at the office, too.  The black glitter band I have gets a lot of use.


New Habits I’ve Decided to Start This Past Weekend

  1. Taking myself out on writing dates.  I realized I was feeling stale and needed to implement a change of scenery in order to keep the productivity energy flowing.  I made a plan to treat myself to breakfast Sunday morning with a stack of notebooks and a pre-made list of tasks to complete while away from the computer. This needs to be a regular occurrence for my sanity.
  2. Doing this Quick Core Workout from Talk Less, Say More after my running.  It’s fast enough that I if I start it, I will likely finish it, and I can already FEEL the workout working.

Blogs I Recently Added to My Feedly

  1. Her Happy Balance.  Leslee is a newbie runner, nacho enthusiast, science nerd and beach love who loves to talk healthy living.
  2. The Happiness Recipe Blog. A blog by Molly who believes that there is a recipe for happiness waiting to be cooked in each of our lives.


Most Recent Itunes Purchases

  1. Home – Phillip Phillips
    You probably have known about this song forever, right? I just found it. And now I like it. Yep.
  2. Invisible (RED) Verision – U2
    After seeing them on the first episode of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, I told Nick it would be a great song to run to this year. He reminded me when he saw me on iTunes the other day and I happily purchased it and added it to my running playlists.

Most Recent Articles Saved to My Pocket for Reading [Not Skimming] Later

  1. In Defense of Half Hearted Attempts from How Does She
  2. A Complete Ranking Of (Almost) Every Single Mitch Hedberg Joke from BuzzFeed


Twosday LXXI

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Apr 012014

About this Twosday

  1. I wanted to come up with something hilarious and April Fools-y for this post, but alas – I’m not that clever.
  2. I now know how to write 71 in Roman Numerals.

Podcasts I Downloaded to Try for This Week

  1. Off the Charts Business Podcast with Nathalie Lussier
  2. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes


Songs I’m Guarenteed to Dance to No Matter How Early it May Be as Evidenced on a Recent Monday Morning with the Feelin’ Good in the ‘90’s Songza Playlist

  1. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
  2. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Other Songza Playlists I’ve Been Loving Lately

  1. Soft Pop.  I just started listening to it this past weekend. It’s nice because I don’t know many of the songs, but none of the songs (okay, MOST of the songs) are not hate-able.  I’m enjoying this while writing lately.
  2. A Garden State of Mind.  Probably no need to explain this one, right?  Inspired by the Garden State soundtrack – one of the bests.


Benson’s Favorite Activities as of Late

  1. Watching Spring arrive.  Birds. Squirrels. Wind. SO MANY THINGS to see at the window all day long.
  2. Chasing the laser light.  He has even gotten to the point to somehow “ask” for a game of laser tag, by bringing a different toy over to me that has come to signify the laser game.  The first time I brought the laser out it was because I noticed he was being playful with that specific toy, and I choose to believe he is smart enough to make the connection.

It’s Officially April

  1. It’s physical inventory at work, meaning things are SO hectic and busy.  Send all stress-fighting advice my way, please.
  2. I’ll be turning 31 at the end of the month and plan to celebrate with a Presidential road trip and fresh fruit slushes. Notice the plural.


Places I Plan to Visit for Dinner While I’m in Madison this September

  1. Noodles & Company.  I know it may seem silly to visit a chain while I’m in a city filled with local establishments I love, but this one is my favorite and I make it a priority to go as often as possible when I’m near enough to one.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I picked up to-go noodles a few times while I’m in town, actually.  If my college memory serves me right, Noodles makes amazing late-night get-work-done food.
  2. Wingra Cafe.  If I missed the opportunity to order from the college cafe I find myself craving something silly from once or twice a year, Future Heather would never forgive me.

Places I Plan to Visit for Treats While I’m in Madison this September

  1. Greenbush Bakery. Which I’m sure shocks no one who has ever been there. I’m on a mission to convince our Dream Team Mini Mingle Manager, Katie, that we need to plan a late night mingle trip to Greenbush for my favorite donuts in town.
  2. Babcock Hall Dairy.  I want ice cream. Obviously.