August Foodie Penpals

It’s that time, Foodie Penpals reveal! Unfortunately both my sender and receiver do not have blogs, so I will just share the photos of what I received.

I got my box kinda late in the month so I have not had a chance to try everything.

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Yogi Stress Relief Tea

I usually don’t drink hot beverages, except tea when I am sick. This came just in time for me, I was coming down with a cold so I had one of these. It certainly hit the spot.

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Plantain Chips

I tried these, but turns out I am not a huge fan, I think it is similar to dried fruit and that is probably why.

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Ginger Soother

I haven’t tried this but I am looking forward to it then next time I have a stomach ache. I bet its great for morning sickness!

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Buttermilk Pancake Mix

I love a good pancake, I can’t wait to use this!

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And now its time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get they’re mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

Playlist Thursday: Most Appearances

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Most Appearances. This means artist appears the most on your playlist! We can bending the rules a bit, list one of their oldest and one of their newest ON YOUR PLAYLIST and let the “consider” be a random song or your favorite. The artist that shows up the most is John Mayer, I don’t care what anyone says, he’s a great artist and a GREAT guitar player! I have seen him a bunch of times live and even met him once!

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Oh hello, just a little photo from the last show we saw him at!

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: John Mayer

Title: Why Georgia

Side Note: The video is from the last show I saw him at in Boston. This song is about when he dropped out of Berklee College of Music in Boston and just had his guitar take him on this crazy life!

Quotable: I rent a room and I fill the spaces with. Wood in places to make it feel like home. But all I feel’s alone. It might be a quarter life crisis. Or just the stirring in my soul.


The intro is a bit long but worth it, I promise!
SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: John Mayer

Title: Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, 1967

Side Note: This is John Mayer’s newest single and hands down my favorite song off his new album, Born and Raised. I originally thought the song was about the first solo submarine ride, but the time didn’t make sense. After much digging, Walt Grace was an alcoholic who made a lot of mistakes and turned a new leaf. The song is about how John Mayer was trying to turn a new leaf after the Rolling Stone/Playboy article trouble and all the crap he gets in the media, he took a break, became quiet in society and created this new album.

Quotable: And for once in his life, it was quiet. As he learned how to turn in the tide. And the sky was aflare when he came up for air. In his homemade, fan blade, one-man submarine ride.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: John Mayer Trio

Title: Who Did You Think I Was

Side Note: The John Mayer Trio was a blues band that John Mayer was a part of, however they never completed an entire album. The only single they had was Who Did You Think I Was. I loved this side project and I love when he performs them live. Do yourself and give the music a listen!

Quotable: I got half a smile and zero shame. I got a reflection with a different name. Got a brand new blues I can’t explain. Who did you think I was.

Summer Adventures

Somedays I forget to write about the things that B and I do during the day. We have our weekly music class and park dates, but their have been some other great things we have done this summer. Instead of writing an extremely long post, I will share some pictures!

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One of our visits to JP Licks to get frozen yogurt

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Playing with Abby

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Sleeping in the car after a long day out

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A visit to the local zoo. He’d rather people watch then animal watch

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We had a case of the sickies

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A play date at the Children’s Museum.

What do you like to do with your little ones during the summer?

Bittersweet.

This weekends Team In Training run was bittersweet. It was out last official training practice at our location for all the teams.

The next few weeks, we are meeting with other teams or at local races, to get race experience.

It got me thinking, what’s next?

I know I haven’t even run my first half yet, but I know I love my long run Saturdays and I hate running in the winter. So how do I keep this up in the future? The only running friends (well not super fast runners anyway) have been this group, and we will all go our separate ways after the marathon weekends. Running alone is something I will never do, and so I really need to find something to replace my training runs!

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Me, coach Allison, and teammate Caroline

I mean we will always have this connection and there are some people I can’t imagine NOT talking to after this, but what happens running wise?

I know that I went to keep setting goals for myself and to keep improving.

What did you do after your first big race, and how did you keep the momentum going?

SparklySoul Giveaway Winner

Hey All!

I know it should have been done weeks ago but I finally vlogged the winner of the SparklySoul giveaway. Thank you everyone who purchased a headband!

I know I have talked a lot about my fundraising but I haven’t given you any facts, so before we get to the fun stuff here is some serious stuff.

The Facts:

  • Approximately every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20.
  • Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 41.1 percent.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has invested more than $814 million in research aimed at helping all blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.

If you would like to make a donation (and any donation is going to be considered in the next giveaway (it’s a good one involving lululemon) Every penny counts and I appreciate all donations.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $500 could provide patient aid to THREE patients with Leukemia or a related cancer for a year.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Playlist Thursday: Don’t Leave Me

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Never Deleted. These are songs that have been on my playlist forever, and I can’t delete no matter what. For the current song, I will pick something that I think will always be there.

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: Blink 182
Title: Dammit
Side Note: This song reminds me of high school. We used to drive around blaring it. This song is also short and loud and sometimes when I need a burst of energy it is the one I put on to get me moving!
Quotable: And it’s happened once again. I’ll turn to a friend. Someone that understands. Sees through the master plan

SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Title: Dark Side
Side Note: Kelly Clarkson’s songs always make their way on to my playlist.
Quotable: Nobody’s a picture perfect. But we’re worth it. You know that we’re worth it

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: Anberlin
Title: Time & Confusion
Side Note: Another song that gets my feet moving when I need a push of energy
Quotable: It’s not about the money we make. It’s about the passions that we ache for. What makes your heart beat faster . Tell me now, what does your body long after

HLS12: Day 2 Recap

Check out my recap of Friday if you missed it!

After I found out the wonderful news!

It was time for a WOD (workout of the day) with Crossfit One, from Reebok’s headquarters in Canton. It was a quick workout, 5 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible): 7 squats & 15 jumps, repeat as many times as possible in 5 minutes. I have been a bit hesitant about Crossfit, but I really loved it, now if only a Crossfit membership wasn’t so darn expensive.

After the workout, I visited some of the sponsor booths including Wild Harvest, Happy Family, Cheribundi, Energybits, Driscoll’s and of course Reebok!

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Fitness is my sport because running is MY time

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New toddler bowl from Happy Family for B to try!

After I visited the booths it was time for the sessions to start. It was really hard for me to decide which 4 of the 8 to attend.

I ended up attending
Blog Photog Basics with Gretchen

I really learned a lot of valuable information from Gretchen. I have a DSLR but I am super guilty of using the auto setting and flash a lot. This session gave a lot of tips on how to get quality photos without either of those things.

Blogging with Brands: A panel hosted by Lauren

Lauren led the panel, composed of bloggers: Anne, Ashley, Theodora and brands: Kelly, Valerie and Laura. She asked them questions about bloggers working with brands and how brands view working with bloggers. I have to say this session was extremely helpful and I took literally 5 pages of notes. A few gems that I want to share with you. If you wouldn’t work with a company for free you probably shouldn’t work with them for money. Always stay true to your brand and believe you are worth something.

In between the morning and afternoon sessions we had an amazing lunch, I wish I took photos, and a keynote from some wonderful ladies at Wild Harvest, Genie Nicholas & Kim Kirchher. After the keynote we moved into the second round of sessions!

I am the blogger in your neighborhood: Hosted by Holly, Meghann and Claire

Another extremely informative session. A big takeaway was to start with local companies to build your presence and brand, you don’t have to go after the national companies from the get go, sometimes you get the same if not more from the local smaller company.

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Time for a snack courtesy of Cabot Cheese (home state represent) & Driscolls Berries

Social Media: Keeping Up with Online Trends hosted by Heather

Most of this session geared around Facebook and Twitter and how to use them more efficiently. I can’t wait to start using buffer, which Heather introduced me to!

After the sessions and the closing remarks from Meghann, Heather and Julie, I headed home to spend some quality time with my little one and my husband. As much as I would have loved hanging out with the other bloggers it was really important for me to be home with B, and to give my husband a break from the disaster that is a child’s first tooth.

After my first HLS and my first blogging conference, I know without a doubt I would do it again. It has been one of the best experience I have had, and I am so glad I got over my nerves and put myself out there, it has been extremely rewarding.

HLS12 Day 1

Friday morning started with a workout with a few other bloggers and was led by Kristen!

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Lunges with Danielle & Lynda. Photo courtesy of Amanda

After running home and cleaning up, I headed back to HLS for a Whole Foods meet up at the River Street location (my favorite) and then a few of us also hit up Flour in Cambridge. I was still pretty full from lunch so I got an iced coffee and an oreo.

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Then it was time for early check-in, where I picked up my name tag and swag bag.

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check-in line

We listened to Derek from Greatist talk for awhile and I met Erin and Allie. After a little chatting Alex and I went back to the hotel room and had a little down time and chatted until we needed to get ready for the cocktail party.

The cocktail party was pretty laid back, but after some chatting with some wonderful bloggers & a glass of champagne, I was exhausted so I headed to bed

I slept okay but was woken up by a phone call around 4:30, Nick called saying B was sick and he needed the car seat, so I headed back to the house and dropped off the car seat. Slept for about an hour then headed back to the conference.

Next up: The sessions!

HLS12: Wild Harvest Breakfast Showdown

Hello, new and old friends. Welcome to my little corner of the blog world!

In case you’re new to the blog, my name is Kelly and I’ve been writing at Cupcake Kelly’s since August 2010. I write about my family, food and fitness.

If you’re old to the blog, welcome back! This past weekend at Healthy Living Summit was definitely an intense couple of days full of meeting new people, learning new things, and having fun.

Make sure you check out my Day 1 recap of HLS!

Saturday morning started with a breakfast hosted by Wild Harvest!

I entered the contest back in July, you can find my recipe here.

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I found out at the end of July that I was selected as one of the top 5 finalists, and we would all find out the winner at the Healthy Living Summit.

Saturday morning proves to be very interesting. I stayed with Caitlin, Alex, Heather and Katelyn so that I could have whole HLS experience, and so that I could get some decent sleep. My son ended up being sick that night so I ended up going home at 5 am and getting back to the hotel for the Summit a little after 8 am on Saturday. (The sickness was teething and a cold, but glad to see my boy for a few moments)

I walked into breakfast and saw this!

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ummmm what!? I am still in shock I think…

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I just want to say congratulations to all the other top 5 contenders, I am sure your dishes were amazing, I wish we could have tried them all.

They even included recipe cards so everyone could re-create the dish at home.

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Photo Source: Caitlin

They even made an announcement at the breakfast and I was given one of those giant gift cards!

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With Heidi from Wild Harvest!

Photo Source: Caitlin

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It was crazy to think that I developed this recipe and not only was it tested at the Wild Harvest Kitchens, but it was made for everyone at the hotel for HLS.

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I am so honored to have been picked by Wild Harvest as the winner of the Healthy Living Summit Breakfast Showdown. I also want to say thank you to all of you who came up to me at HLS or tweeted me congratulations, I am so thankful to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community.

I can’t wait to share with you the rest of my experiences at HLS!