Booyah’s Favorite Things

Happy Friday, all! It’s finally here. WHEW. It has been a long, tough week for me, getting back into my regularly scheduled workout routine. I am SORE. Yeow. All I kept thinking when I’ve been working out this week is that these muscles are the ones that will be lifting my couch up three flights of stairs when I move in 17 days…let’s strengthen these babies UP!

Enough about that. I am maybe 46% excited that it’s the holiday season (most of my excitement is being directed toward grad school). I know we are already smack-dab in the middle of Hanukkah, and Christmas is quickly approaching, but I thought I’d share a few of my recent faves that might be the perfect little something for someone on your holiday gift list. Without further ado…

  1. Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve

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This seamless running shirt is cute enough to wear in real life! The fabric is light, soft, sweat-wicking, non-chafing and of course has thumb holes. The perfect shirt for chilly winter runs and wearing to get coffee afterwards too. It has outstanding reviews and is sure to inspire you to lace up your sneaks and get out there. Find it here: Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve.

2. Runner Box

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The Runnerbox is filled with all things having to do with running, perfect for your marathoner friends and family: gels, chews, protein shakes, snacks, personal care, running accessories and discounts. Boxes are sent out every two months and cost between $20 and $25, depending on how many months you choose to subscribe. Hi, who doesn’t want a fun gift to open every two months?! Runnerbox also has boxes devoted to cyclists and triathletes.

3.Β Reach for the Moon Pendant

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This is so CUTE! I randomly came across this collection of necklaces (reasonably priced at around $55 each) with each one having a different meaning. I think it’s such a cute way to wear as a reminder to set your goals high, with a blue moonstone for happiness, blue topaz for joy, love, luck and health; and iolite to open the mind. Adorbs. You can find it at Uncommon Goods.

4. GRID Mini Foam Roller

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I have a serious love affair with my foam roller – it hurts so good! The Grid Mini Foam Roller ($25) loosens tight muscles and helps prevent injuries; it’s a great tool after any workout. This small, travel-friendly roller is easy to store and bring to roll out your legs after you attempt to run off your Chrismukkah feast. It makes the perfect gift for the ones you love. πŸ™‚

5. Garden Jar

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This Garden Jar, although back ordered because it snagged a spot on Oprah’s Favorite Things list, is such a sweet gift idea. It contains three self-watering jars containing basil, parsley and mint. You can grow the herbs indoors in a sunny window and you’ll have fresh herbs on hand when it’s time to throw them in your favorite dishes. SO AWESOME. Find it here: Garden Jar 3-pack.

I hope that you guys all have a fabulous Friday and weekend! The name of the game for me is a) pack it up and b) see friends, so I will be doing that all weekend long. What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth,

L

Fave Cold Weather Running Gear

Happy Hump Day, all! I did my 5 mile loop this morning and the weather was a chilly 27Β°F / -4Β°C outside at 5 am. Brrrr! It’s actually starting to feel like November in Boston.

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When the weather changes significantly (or in weather conditions I’m unsure about), I religiously check Runner’s World What to Wear Running tool. The results of this tool seem more like a suggestion than a tried-and-true fact. More than half the time, I disregard their advice and usually just pick my outfit out on the fly. I feel like they really favor “light jacket, long sleeve technical shirt, tights and sports bra” as their main cool weather outfit. I mean, come on – they don’t even include VESTS in their tool, one of my favorite things to wear running when the temperatures drop. Also – which tights should I wear? The thin ones? Medium thickness? Lulu tech fleece? Brooks Utopia Thermals? I may spend too much time thinking about these things, but being comfortable while running is important to me. I am usually a victim of overdressing, which slows my pace down because I’m either too hot, awkwardly carrying my layers, or stressing about what hooligan is going to steal them out the bushes I’ve stuffed them into. So, I have rounded up my favorite cold weather running gear to share with you.

Ear warmer

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Hats are too warm for me unless we are talking arctic circle temperatures. I like to keep my ears warm, and still be able to put my hair in a pineapple on top of my head (although, there are cute ear warmer headbands with cutouts in the back for your ponytail, if that’s your thing). They are easy to slide up if you’re getting too hot, or even take off and stuff them into a pocket (that almost never happens to me – keeping my ears warm is a MUST). It’s also a bonus that this Lululemon Run and Done ear warmer features 360Β° reflectivity.

Running gloves

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I found these Mountain Hardwear gloves a few years ago, and I have been obsessed ever since (they have even made an appearance on one of my Friday Faves). This pair has features that I couldn’t do without – every single finger (not just thumb and pointer finger, as is standard with most running gloves) is touch screen compatible (yes), they feature fleecy cuffs to keep cold air out (yes!) and they have a fleece nose wipe patch on the back of the thumb (double yes!). Sadly, I’ve searched the internet high and low for this year’s model, and they must not be out yet. If you’re in the market, keep these features in mind – they are super useful. Also, it’s great to get running gloves with reflective features, as you want to be as reflective as possible when running in the dark to stay safe.

Fleece Running Pants

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Lululemon Toasty Tech II Tights

Let’s be honest: my buns get really cold when I’m running outside in the late fall and winter. To keep ’em warm, I am partial to Lululemon Tech Fleece pants, which have sadly gone up in price (UGH). They are great for 20 – 30Β°F, but if it’s colder than that you definitely want to pull out the big guns: Brooks Seattle Tights. These are the tights to wear when you won’t skip your run because it’s snowing and blustery outside. I have an older pair (Brooks Utopia Tights) that are so warm, I save them for the coldest days. The Brooks Seattle Tights feature windproof and waterproof panels, zips at the ankles for easy on/off and if you get hot, and are meant to be worn below 20Β°F.

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Brooks Seattle Tights

Marmot Kitzbuhel Insulated Vest

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This Marmot vest is my favorite vest for cold weather running. It doesn’t look like much, but BOY is it warm! It’s thin and lightweight, but the insulation packs a punch. It has quilted insulation and stretchy fleece panels down the side for warmth and movement. Of course, the zipper helps you regulate your temperature as you warm up or get cool, which I really like. Bonus: it’s not actually for running, so you can wear it in real life too. πŸ˜‰

Rulu and Wool Everything!

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I love Lulu’s Rulu fabric, but this year’s batch has been thinner than normal and not so great (womp womp). On my quest to move on to bigger and better, I’ve discovered Oiselle Wazzie Wool. Merino wool is nature’s answer for warmth, water-repellent, stink-free and breathable running gear. Oiselle has this super cute side-zip merino wool running top that will definitely be on my Christmas list this year. You can’t go wrong.

Speaking of wool…

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I am obsessed with merino wool running socks. There are lots of great options out there, but SmartWool is a fave. These PhD running socks are actually my favorite, and I wear them for every race (if you have small feet, you’re in luck! They are on sale at REI).

Safety First!

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In Boston, it gets dark really early (at like 4 pm). Nathan has some awesome products for visibility in low-light conditions. I have both the StobeLight and the Pulsar Stobe, which both hook on to your clothes or running shoes and provides visibility to cars, people and bikers. They are super bright and lightweight (so you don’t even remember they are there). It important to be visible so you stay safe while you are logging your miles.

Welp, I hope this helps, at least for now! I’ll be back with more of my favorite gear as the temperatures drop even more and as the snow comes to New England. πŸ˜€ This isn’t really a popular opinion, but late fall and winter are my favorite times to run outside. I actually LOVE running in the snow (you can take the girl out of Western New York, but not the WNY out of the girl). It’s much easier for my asthma lungs to breathe without pollen, and I like the cold and quiet since no one is half as crazy as I am and out running in the Baltic temps at 5 am. πŸ˜€

I hope you all have a booyah-filled day! Happy Hump Day, all!

With warmth,

L

Friday Faves!

First of all, I just scrolled down and saw my countdown to the Rochester Half Marathon: UM HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, it’s in 16 days!! I’m not ready! I don’t even have my Lululemon outfit picked out yet! *Internal Freakout*

Also, I have a few comments re: this week.

  1. Where did September come from? I feel like yesterday it was June.
  2. Also, how is it already Friday?
  3. What even just happened right now.

I can’t believe that it’s already Labor Day weekend! What!

Okay, let’s hop right into my faves this week, since everything else in life is happening at warp speed. πŸ™‚

1. NOT my fave

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As editor/writer/general muser/ya main betch on Bubbles and Booyah, I have to add an editorial remark. Last week, I included Athleta’s Sonar Capris in my Friday Faves. This was in error. These pants ARE in fact super cute, compressive, have useful pockets and reflective accents. They seem as if they are perfect. Until, that is, you bend over to do the see-thru check: they are completely sheer! I tried on both my normal size and a size larger, and holy full moon batman, you can literally count the cheetah print spots on your undies when you bend over. Not okay. At first I thought, “Aw man! These are so cute and compressive though – maybe just for running?” But then I thought, “Um, what if I have to tie my shoe? What if I drop my energy gel and have to bend over and pick it up?” Running is hard enough without flashing your buns for the world to see. Yikes. So please, proceed with caution. I have wide hips, so maybe this is a specifically “L” problem, but make sure you bend and snap in the dressing room when you’re trying them on.

2. NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender/Mixer System

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Let me preface this by first letting you know a little bit about Booyah’s kitchen capabilities. I have a really nice (if ancient) food processor, a workhorse Cuisinart blender with mini food processor attachment, and an immersion blender. I’ve got a lot of tools at my fingertips (I’m lucky to have a cuisine-loving Mom and Grandmother who have passed down/gifted me some really nice gadgets). For the past year, I’ve been spoiled using a friend’s NutriBullet mixer to quickly and easily make thick shakes and smoothies post-run and post-workout, without whipping out my whole blender set up. The greatest appeal of the NutriBullet is the powerful motor, which can crush frozen fruit and soy milk into vegan “nice” cream in the amount of time it takes to count to ten, and the small size – easy to store, easy to pull out of the cabinet, easy to clean. I like the fact that it only has the mixing cup attachments; I already have a pretty solid blender so I don’t need another full blender set up (plus, if I’m going to buy a full-sized blender, it’s totally going to be a Vitamix, hello). When I found myself sans NutriBullet, I pulled out my good ol’ trustworthy blender to mix a smoothie. The results were not promising: I had really become used to the speed and power behind the Bullet. It didn’t take very long of being NutriBullet-less to start keeping my eyes open for deals. And I found one – I scooped one up at JCPenney’s for less than $99 with a coupon. You can find that deal here: NutriBullet at JCPenney’s. You can use the code PARADE4U to get 15% off – YAS!

Also sidenote: I can definitely tell the power difference between the 600 and the 900 models of the NutriBullet – the extra $20 you’d spend on the 900 is totally worth it, in my opinion.

3. EcoVessel Boulder Insulated Water Bottle

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Okay, this one is kind of cheating. I included this brand of water bottles way back in the day in one of my Friday Faves, but they’ve added some new bottles and new features! AND, they are on sale. So obviously I had to get one. This one has a tea/fruit/ice strainer, so it is much more amenable for hot liquids, in my opinion. The strainer is very easy to use, so I am more able to toss in some chunks of lemon, cucumber, raspberries – whatever is rolling around in my fridge to flavor my water. I still like that you can take the top completely off and really get in there to clean it – it’s one insulated water bottle that I’m not afraid to add smoothies or adult beverages to. And there are tons of cute colors! I obv got the purple one. You can get 20% off by using the code LABORDAY2015. Find the water bottles here: EcoVessel Boulder Water Bottle.

4. Patagonia NanoPuff Jacket

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I have been eyeing this jacket all season long. It’s the perfect take along on any trip, during any season, as it compresses into its chest pocket (and even has a loop to clip it onto your pack with a carabiner during hikes or travel). This jacket is filled with PrimaLoft ONE synthetic insulation which traps heat, even when wet. The outer shell is lightweight ripstop recycled polyester with Deluge DWR finish to shed moisture. All of this adds up to a very light 11.1 oz – basically a no brainer. Now, I just have to figure out what color to get. πŸ™‚

Well, that about sums it up for all my faves this week. I’m looking forward to the holiday weekend – I’ve got training, relaxing, and the beach on my docket. What are you guys up to this weekend? How are you celebrating Labor Day? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth,

L

Friday Faves!

Happy Friday, everyone!! It’s a stormy rainy day in Boston, what better way to hop into the weekend with my fave post! πŸ™‚

Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:

  1. New glasses

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Have you guys heard of Zenni’s Optical? My sister has shopped there for years, and has about 47 pairs of super cool prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses from them. I hadn’t gone to the eye doctor in an embarrassingly long amount of time, so it was high time for Ms Booyah to get her eyes checked this week. So I went to a very nice eye place in a very nice New England town, and I found a pair of eyeglasses that I absolutely loved. What I didn’t love was the fact that they would cost me $388.87. For one pair of glasses. I’m only nearsighted, so I only wear glasses for driving and reading things that are far away. I was absolutely floored. My extremely sensible sister gave me a wake-up call: hello, that is an outrageous price to pay for eye wear when you can get a pair from Zenni’s for less than $50.

At first, I wasn’t that thrilled about it, but then I started looking online and found the SUPER cute cat eye glasses pictured above. They cost $17.90. Seriously – with free lenses, and a protective coating over the lenses – they were less than $20. ARE YOU EVEN SERIOUS RIGHT NOW! I can now go back and buy 19 more pairs of glasses, for the $400 I would have spent at the fancy place. Also, you can upload a selfie so that you can “try on” the glasses online before you buy. Booyah Tip (from L’s sister, J): Measure your current pair of glasses and compare to the measurements given online so you know how they will fit on your face. πŸ˜‰

2. Athleta Energy Chaturanga Capri

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While I was waiting for my brow appointment on Newbury Street (all the important things in life, obv), I wandered into Athleta to check out their new fall stuff and absolutely fell in LOVE with these really cute capri bottoms. The bright blue color is amazing, and I’m obsessed (they look way better on Athleta’s site – I couldn’t find a picture that would do them justice, so check them out over there). I love the striped pair that I have – the material is thick, totally opaque and wicks sweat like a champ. I love that this pair of crops doesn’t have any pockets so you don’t have anything poking you when you’re laying on your back doing ab exercises (sit-ups are hard enough as is without a zipper digging into your back).Β  Love, love, love these! ❀

You can find them here.

3. Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver

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For more than 120 days, these two women have withstood obstacles (insurmountable obstacles, to any regular person), at the notoriously difficult Army Ranger School. They are the first two women in history that have graduated from Army Ranger training, receiving the coveted black and yellow Ranger Tab on their uniform. I have goosebumps on my arms as I type this – it is so incredible, and swells my heart with such pride, when I think of what these incredibly accomplished, astoundingly athletic and patriotic women have achieved. Just think: we, as women, can do anything. This is monumental.

Watch the video here.

4. Jennifer Aniston’s wedding band

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OK so this might be a little shallow after the accomplishments of America’s first female Army Rangers, but LOOK HOW PRETTY! Pure gorgeousness. I also love her simple mani.

5. CEP Compression Socks

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I grabbed these for a steal! As my training runs get longer over the summer in preparation for my plethora of fall half marathons, I finally invested in a pair of compression socks to help accelerate my recovery. Wearing compression socks after a long run helps your muscles to recover faster and more efficiently. I will be wearing the shiz out of these (and, I grabbed two pairs on clearance for a steal at City Sports – definitely watch out for deals on these, as they are normally around $60 for a pair).

Check them out here.

I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend! I’m not up to much – hopefully the weather cooperates and I’m able to hit the beach again! Other than that, I’m looking forward to a relaxing, mellow weekend. What are you guys up to this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

With warmth,
L

Things I’m Loving Thursday

It’s my Friday today! I’ll be flying down I-84 in the Marshmallow Mobile later on to see my sister, bro-in-law and nephew for the weekend! I am beyond excited. I will be able to spend all day Friday hanging with my sister and nephew, and enjoy some summer fun with them. So, I figured I would share my Friday Faves a day early. πŸ˜€

P.S. Yesterday in my small group training class, we did long jumps and (what felt like) a million burpees. Holy LEGS, Batman! I am waddling around (in the words of my gym girl D πŸ˜‰ ) because my quads are SO sore. Those long jumps are no joke, dude! I know the Super Stems are coming (stronger legs are in the works), and hopefully will help me achieve my half-marathon time goal. πŸ˜€ RAWR! How are all my beasts doing today? Anyone else feeling the soreness?

Here’s what I’ve been feeling this week:

30 Happy Days

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My trainer and good friend Sarah came up with her own “30 Happy Days” in which she is focusing on one thing a day that makes her feel good, sharing on social media and inviting everyone to chime in by posting one thing a day that makes them feel good. I LOVE this idea, and I’m totally feeling it.

Today my happy is: Not checking my phone immediately upon waking up. Instead, I’ve replaced it with setting a positive intention and focusing on that while I am waking up and welcoming the day. I want to cultivate the positive vibes early instead of spending the first moments of my day looking at a phone screen. Today’s intention: You are enough.

2. Cocowhip

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I had this at my sister’s house a few weekends ago when I last visited, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they have some more to make epic dairy-free sundaes this weekend. THIS ISH IS AMAZING. It’s vegan, soy and gluten free, doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils, and tastes sooooo good. And dude, 2 tablespoons only have 30 calories and 2 grams of sugar, which means, you can eat a whole bunch of it! πŸ˜‰ I would straight up eat that entire tub in one sitting. YUM. Has anyone else tried this?

3. THIS.

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To be fair, I originally snapped this pic in Davis Square because I was obsessed with how creative this mini-urban herb garden was, and how it re-purposed a shipping pallet (there are tons of them where I work, so I may be trying to see if I can adopt one, bring it home and re-create this rad set-up). SO DOPE!! Then, I went to herbstalk.org (because I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to be promoting something weird by posting this cool container garden) and I found out that it is “a grassroots, Boston-area herbal event.” They host classes on herbal and holistic health topics, offer urban plant walks, and bring together herbal crafters & artisans from across New England. Um…that pretty much sounds like the most stellar thing ever, now I am trying to figure out how to take their classes. They have some very cool stuff on their website, like resources and marketplace information. Very informative and useful.

4. Teeki Leggings

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I am obsessed with these leggings. They’ve been around for awhile, but I fell in love with their cloud print. They are gorgeous! The best part? They are eco-friendly, sustainable and made from recycled plastic bottles. You can read all about their sustainability story here. They are made right here in the U.S. of A., too! I love, love, LOVE all their prints. It is a product that you can feel good about purchasing when you know they are good for Mother Earth. πŸ˜€

5. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples

New favorite song to add to the running playlist! I’m planning on doing a long run while I’m in CT visiting my fam, so I stuck this song right in the middle of my long run playlist to keep powering me through those tough hills. Wish me good luck! Based on how my quads feel right now, I’m going to need it! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments.

I’d be delighted if you shared your #30HappyDays Happy Thought of the Day, too!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

With warmth,

L

Friday Faves!!

Hooray, it’s here! Happy Friday! This week it has been hot as sin across the country, and I’m so glad the weekend is finally here!! Now we can all go to the beach/lake/river/pool/sprinkler/kiddie pool in your driveway to cool off!!! WOOOHOOOO!!

Here’s what I’ve been feeling this week:

1. Dr. Jen Welter

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This week, the Arizona Cardinals made history by hiring, as an inside linebackers coach through training camp and the preseason, Dr. Jen Welter. She’s the first known female coach in the NFL. And, she’s a total badass: she was a rugby player at Boston College (hollaaa!), a women’s pro player for 14 seasons and a two-time Team USA gold medalist. She’s previously made history as the first woman in a non-kicking position (running back) in a men’s professional football league. She then went on to become the first woman to coach men’s professional football, for the Texas Revolution.Β And between all of that, she earned a master’s degree in sports psychology and a Ph.D in psychology.

Last year, Welter told Today, β€œI want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football.”

GET IT, JEN. You are an inspiration! Even though my childhood dream to play football like Becky O’Shea in Little Giants did not pan out, I am glad there is an inspiring, strong, smart female out there to show girls growing up today they can do anything. So proud.

2. Khloe Kardashian’s Fitness Closet

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Um, drool. I would die. I think this is the pretty much the best thing I’ve ever seen, when it comes to closets. Check out the rest of the images here: Look Inside KhloΓ© Kardashian’s Amazing Fitness Closet.

3. Speaking of fitness gear…

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Last night I showed up for my kickboxing class an hour early because I had one of Those Days and I was totally mixed up about the time class started. I had to battle the urge to just go home and sink into my couch, so (thanks to the recommendation from my gym buddy P!) I went to a nearby shopping area to mosey around until it was time to head to class and kickbox Thursday in the face. I wandered into a Nike Outlet and found these new trainers (um, my pinkie toes are about to bust through my current training sneakers any minute now, I’m past due for a new pair) and I found these bad boys on sale. I got them for $34.96 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I just about fell over when I was at the cash register. I know that I’m basically an unofficial spokeswoman for Lululemon, which is ridiculously priced (but so, so gooood!) but DUDE! You can totally find good workout stuff for not that expensive, you just have to look around.

Semi-related: I need this tank top in my life. πŸ˜‰

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Psssst – Everything is 20% off on lookhuman.com, so you can buy the above tank top here on sale.

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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I saw this on The Dancing Runner‘s own list of favorites months back, and my sister told me it was pretty funny a few months back as well, so I mentally noted it. I didn’t take the leap to watch it until recently (I’m always way behind on these things). OH. EM. GEE. This show is HILARIOUS! It’s so cute, and you all definitely need to watch this. It’s about a woman starting life anew in New York City, after spending the last 15 years in an underground bunker where she was held by a Doomsday cult leader (that sentence makes this show sound unreasonably dark, but it is the exact opposite). The show itself is overflowing with originality and with a spot-on performance from Ellie Kemper, it is as odd as it is hysterical. It’s a must-see, and so fun to watch – you can find it on Netflix. I’m also now a huge Ellie Kemper fan – girlfriend is hilar.

5. Tonight’s Blue Moon

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Tonight will mark the second full moon in July! Usually there are 12 full moons in a calendar year but this year we will have 13, woot woot! We won’t have another blue moon until January 2018, so get out there and soak in it tonight. To get the most out of it, check out this video on observing the moon by Astrology.com here.

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The Blue Moon pre-game picture I snapped at 5:14 am while I was brushing my teeth before heading to the gym. πŸ˜‰ Obviously, this picture doesn’t do it justice, but LOOK HOW BRIGHT IT IS!

6. U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram Account

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Do yourself a favor and go follow @usinterior. SO. BEAUTIFUL. New obsession.

7. Your comments on Work/Booyah Balance.

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I loved, loved, LOVED reading your comments on the Work/Booyah Balance post! I was delighted that some of my tips and ideas for staying active while working full time resonated with you guys, and I truly enjoyed learning your own tips and ideas to stay active and healthy. I feel that Bubbles and Booyah is the most fun when its interactive, which leads me to a new idea completely inspired by YOU. I’d love it if you would share your own work/booyah balance photos or ideas on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (or send them to me directly!). These snapshots can be anything: meal prep, working out, making a B&B recipe, being active – get creative!! These are just a few ideas, but I would love to see what you guys come up with. Use the hashtag #TeamBooyah and tag me, and I will re-post a few each day either on social media, or as a round up in next week’s Friday Faves. I’m planning on doing a big post/round-up during the last week in August, so keep ’em coming til then! I’m really stoked about this, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! To tag me:

Instagram: @bubblesandbooyah

Twitter: @bubblesbooyah

Happy snapping!!

I hope you guys have a stellar weekend! Mom and Dad Booyah are coming to visit me, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city and showing off my favorite spots! What are you guys up to this weekend?? Tell me in the comments!!

With warmth,

L

Farewell, Birthday Week! Friday Faves :)

Hi everyone and happy Friday! I hope you all had as much fun celebrating my birthday week(s) as I did. I am ready to get back into the zone. Waaaaaaay too many treats this week! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sorry I haven’t been posting much this week – I’ve been out and about and not really cooking for myself. I’ll be back at it next week – we’ve still got three (3) half marathons and one tough mudder to train for, so…yeah. Booyah will be in full effect starting on Monday! πŸ˜€

Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:

1. Green Goddess Bowl

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I know I recently included this dish in my Top 5 Booyah Summer Salads post, but I made this on my “July 12 – Observed” day (aka Monday, July 13th when I took a personal day off from work to celebrate my birthday in an excess of chill). I kept it super simple and made the Tahini-Lemon-Ginger-Garlic sauce with 3 huge tablespoons of tahini; the juice of 1 lemon; a 3 inch piece of ginger root, minced; and 3 cloves of garlic. I drizzled enough tamari until it tasted just right, and then tossed it with sprouted lentils, sprouted quinoa, steamed kale and broccoli. It was beyond divine. That sauce can seriously take anything from boring to amazing.

2. The Girl on the Train

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This book is seriously compelling – I can’t put it down!! I feel like I’m surrounded by friends who have read it, and I finally treated myself to a copy so I can see what all the fuss is about. You guys should seriously check this out. The story is told solely by women, and the plot line hurtles along at a breakneck pace – it’s impossible to stop reading once you get sucked in. All of the female protagonists are deeply flawed and difficult women, and that way Paula Hawkins writes about each character makes them interesting and hungry for more. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I am (I’m still in the middle of it, so shhh no spoilers! πŸ˜‰ ).

3. Le Creuset 3 1/2 qt braising pan

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My T-FAL non-stick pans are really at the end of their lives, and it is time to move on. I am in desperate need of a new large skillet, and I have my eyes firmly fixed on this braiser. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s Le Creuset pans that are God-knows how old and still in great condition. She was a marvelous cook, and I feel like a little bit of her cooking magic still lives within these pans. I am currently stalking one on sale at a Le Creuset outlet near Boston and I just might take a deep dive into my wallet and treat myself for my birthday. I’m sure it will last as long as my grandmother’s, and then I can instill a little bit of my own Booyah magic into it. πŸ˜‰

4. Pendleton Wool Blanket

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Yes, it’s the middle of July right now, but I saw this Chief Joseph wool blanket back when I was in Santa Fe and I fell in love. Sadly for me, the Pendleton outlet is next door to the Le Creuset and I saw this blanket and revived my obsession with it. Damn it, why do I have such expensive taste?!?!?! Curses.

I hope you guys had a great week – what were you up to?? I’m looking forward to visiting my sister, bro-in-law and nephew down in Southern Connecticut this weekend (which also means I’ll be doing a long run at the crack of dawn on dirt roads). Do you guys have any fun plans this weekend?

Also – thank you all for such warm birthday wishes! I really appreciate it, everyone. ❀ ❀ ❀

With warmth,

L