I have returned from Florida! I only have about 1,372 emails to catch up on (yikes). It was a gloriously relaxing time – I was so spoiled! Waking up and being able to run on the beach at my leisure is absolute heaven to me. I spent a lot of time with my family, going on at least two beach walks a day, in addition to swimming and running. I even tapped into the Booyah Jar a few times for bootcamp motivation (my parents thought I was a psycho doing suicides down the street in 98% humidity). I don’t know how many times I said “this is greaaaaat” each day, but at least once for every email I have. 🙂 My carnivorous Italian-American dad even didn’t mind eating some vegan dishes for Veganuary! This also was open season for my family to make blog-related jokes – everything we did was “________ and Booyah.” For example, “Doggie and Booyah” (my parents have a 4 year old black lab named Athena) where my dad said you can “make a little jar filled with slips of paper on how to take care of your dog, like ‘Take your dog out to do his/her business'”. His version was a little more colorful, and I know these jokes are probably lost on 98% of you guys, but I was highly entertained. Life is going to be really long and boring if you can’t at least laugh at yourself! 😀 😀
Now it’s back to reality, and real life! I was brushing snow off my car at 5 am before spin, and swallowed my Vitamin D this morning after breakfast instead of soaking it up on the beach. Back to it!! Let’s get right down to it: this week’s Friday faves. 😀
1. ioi Works Running Armband
Basically, this little guy saved my life in Florida. I don’t love having to hold onto something (minus water) when I’m running, so I generally stuff my phone in a pocket. This works great when it’s below 40°F/4°C and I’m wearing running tights or crops that have side pockets on the leg. However, when it’s hot as balls (to my WNY self that would be over 40°F) and you don’t want your phone pulling your shorts down, this guy comes to the rescue. I finally cracked and got this ioi Works running arm band (it’s from Amazon and available for Prime – surprise!) immediately before going to Florida on a whim. I’m usually not into it – I don’t like “things” on me when I’m running because I find them to be super distracting and annoying, they prevent me from getting into my running groove. This one is made of neoprene, so it’s stretchy (you don’t feel like your bicep is in a vice) and actually stays put. It even comes with a little side pouch for your headphones. I rolled my headphones cord up so it was out of my way and stuck the excess length in there – perf! The only thing I recommend is putting a little Body Glide in the spot where it goes if it’s really hot so you don’t get any weird chafing (I really did this in an excess of caution – the times I didn’t Body Glide my arm, it was fine. Remember, I’m also a sweaty half Italian).
2. The Gulf of Mexico.
3. Nature’s Path Variety Pack of Instant Oatmeal
On vacation, I made a packet of these before I went for a run each morning. They are quick, easy, packable, VEGAN! and organic. They are easy on the stoms and gave me a quick boost before my morning runs. Since everyone else was still sleeping when I would go for my morning run, it was extremely helpful that they are basically silent to make (a plus when you’re sharing a house with a 10-month old). I made mine with unsweetened almond or coconut milk and it totally hit the spot. I chose this brand in particular because it’s a) vegan and b) I like supporting businesses that are family run and strive for sustainability. You’ve gotta put your money where your mouth is sometimes. I almost always take a few packets of these with me when I go on travel, the Blueberry Flax flavor is another fave. 🙂
4. Athleta Chi Tank
I rarely cheat on Lululemon, but when I do, it’s with these Athleta tank tops. These tanks RULE. They are cute enough to be worn in real life, and unlike the Lulu version, they aren’t skin tight luon but have a little more breathing room that makes them cute enough for casual wear. The fabric is lighter and a little more forgiving, and super comfortable. When I wore this tank running, it was light, airy and sweat wicking (and zero chafing) – everything you could want in active wear. I am buying a bunch more of these guys for spring, because they are wicked cute (and they have some bright, fun colors on sale now, too)! 🙂 PS: There is a 20% off your entire purchase deal at Athleta until 1/19 with the coupon code ATHLETA20. Woohooo!!
I hope you guys had a great week – I can’t wait to catch up on reading my own blog roll and seeing what everyone has been up to this week! I miss you guys and can’t wait to bring you some more Bubbles and Booyah original recipes – I am super excited to continue to create and experiment with vegan cuisine in my kitchen this weekend (is it kind of sad that I am looking forward to going grocery shopping, cooking and then curling up with a glass of wine and Netflix tonight? I guess I’m getting old!) 😉
Oh also – It’s been over two weeks of Veganuary and basically this shiz is the best. I feel AWESOME. It makes you think about what you’re putting into your mouth, and be more creative with what you’re eating to ensure you’re getting all the delicious nutrients you need! Just watch out – I might join you veegs for realsies!! 😉
Happy, happy Friday all!