Friday Favorites- 7/15

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Hi There!!

It’s finally Friday! Thursday was a very busy day- filled with lunch dates,cookie frosting and shopping. This shopping trip may or may not have ended with me owning  a brand new planner.. You’ll find out soon enough I guess, haha.

Friday is looking to be pretty busy as well. My sister owns a bakery that I am the marketing director for here in Arizona. We are not only frosting sugar cookies for the farmer’s market this weekend but also we have a very exciting even that we are preparing for that is being hosted by a fellow blogger.

I will show you a sneak peak of the cookies on Instagram. However, if you absolutely can’t wait you can head on over to Cierras’s Bake Shoppe on Facebook to check it out.

I am not sure if I have done this before but I wanted to share a few things I am loving this week. Since it is summertime and the sun and heat have basically left me feeling dried out like a prune, today’s list has 5 products I am loving to help my dry skin and hair feel moisturized and revitalized even after all day on the lake or in the pool.

  1. Trader’s Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I have been using this for about a year at this point and have noticed a huge difference in the dry spots and redness,I usually have on my face. I love that it doesn’t feel heavy or thick when I put it on, especially since it is so hot here.The best part is that the jar is less than $5.00 and lasts for around 3 months. **Tip: a little bit of this goes a long way! Just a small amount will cover your face and neck.                2016-07-14 13.44.33
  2. This amazing spice rack, turned nail polish holder from Ikea. This was also less than $5.00 and is such a space saver. I saw the idea originally on Pinterest and I am so excited that it actually worked out the way I wanted it to. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a way to save space and keep all your nail polish in one place. 2016-07-14 13.44.00
  3. Avon Moisture Effective Eye Make-up remover. This was actually a gift that I just recently got around to using. I have a huge issue with removing eye make-up because it burns (especially if my eyes are dry from wearing contacts). I get so frustrated that I sometimes give up and just go to bed after a quick wipe with a washcloth. However, that is not only bad for your skin and eyes, I also wake up looking like a racoon. This eye make up remover is so gentle and does a great job or removing my eye make-up without feeling greasy.                                                             2016-07-14 13.44.56
  4. Melaleuca – Renew Intensive Skin Therapy Lotion. I know I  previously discussed working with Melaleuca in this post but you need to know how amazing this product is!! Not only is it natural it also works. My family and I have tried so many different lotions only to find that they just make our hands greasy or don’t work all together. This lotion is so different. My dad works hard, manual labor and my sister is usually up to her elbows in cookie dough. With both of those jobs requiring a lot of hand washing, their skin gets so dry. This lotion leaves your hands feeling refreshed and moisturized without feeling heavy or greasy. I personally love using it with my moisturizing gloves after I give myself a manicure (which I am in desperate need of!)2016-07-15 00.58.53
  5. Aussie- 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. Summertime in Arizona= pool time! I am sad to say that the pool often leaves my hair feeling like straw after a nice swim so I am so glad I found this deep conditioner that helps leave my hair feeling soft and touchable. The best part is that Sam’s Club has a 3 pack of this conditioner on sale for $4.48!                                                                                                2016-07-15 00.59.12What is a product you are loving this week?

*Disclaimer: While I do have personal connections to one of these products all the opinions listed here at Running Around With Lindsey are my own honest opinions.

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Shrimp Taco Thursday

Hey Everyone!
It’s finally Thursday which means we only need to make it through one more day before the weekend is here again. I don’t know about where you live but here in AZ it is hot, hot hot. That being said I am always looking for a quick, easy recipe that can be cooked up on the grill so I don’t have to turn on the oven.I came across this awesome recipe on Pinterest and decided to alter it to fit my families tastes. I hope you enjoy!
Shrimp Tacos & Mango Salsa
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Ingredients
**This recipe can be adapted to cook inside or outside. I chose to use fajita pans and cook mine on the grill.
Shrimp:
  • 1.5- 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pounds of shrimp, peeled, de-veined and tails removed
  • taco seasoning or chili powder and salt to taste
  • Cilantro

Mango salsa:

  • 1 cup of mango, finely diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ of a jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds and ribs to make it milder)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Additional Ingredients:

  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
Directions

  1. Shrimp: To prepare the shrimp I combined the olive oil, shrimp (whole), a little cilantro and taco seasoning. I mixed it all together in a medium sized bowl and then placed it (covered) in the fridge to marinate.                                                                          2016-06-25 14.15.43
  2. For the mango salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, add salt to taste. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, up to 4 hours.2016-06-25 15.27.41
  3. Once the salsa was finished,place a tablespoon of butter and a little bit of garlic on a fajita pan. The pans were then placed on a preheated grill until the butter was melted.
  4. Once the butter is melted, place a single layer of shrimp inside the pans. Cook until  the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. To serve: Warm the tortillas.  Layer your favorite toppings and add some mango salsa and serve immediately.
These tacos were so, so good that we cleared our plates!I would highly recommend them for an upcoming taco Tuesday or just a regular night.
What is your favorite meal during the summer time?

Are You Ready To Be More Than Average?

Good Morning!!

First off, I wanted to say that I hope all of you are having a great week so far. Yesterday, I spent the day with my main squeeze enjoying some quality time. It is so hot outside right now that it is tough to do much more than hang out inside in the A/C or spend some time by the pool. One of my favorite things to do by the pool is indulge in a good book.

Speaking of good books….

I am so excited to announce that Heather from one of my favorite blogs, Through Heather’s Looking Glass  has written a book.

Just from reading the description, it sounds amazing. The best part is, that it is available for pre-sale….Today!!! This means that not only are you able to pre-purchase the book today, you even receive a little bit of a discount. The book will be digitally delivered on July 20th, when the book officially launches.

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Here is a little snippet for your viewing pleasure, I hope all of you enjoy!

I want to let you in on a secret. A secret that really, you probably already know, but for whatever reason choose not to believe: no one that you know has it all together.

In the age of social media and oversharing, it may appear that everyone around you is thriving while you struggle to keep your head above water. The truth of the matter is that most people are playing the “fake it till you make it” game.

The struggle comes when we feel like as average people, we have to do it all to be considered above average.

Y’all, that is EXHAUSTING.

I want you to be confident in your own skin, and wake up in the morning ready to tackle the day instead of dreading it. I want you to realize it’s ok to have a family and also have goals and dreams to chase. You can still achieve so many great things! It’s going to take some honest, hard reflection and a little bit of work, but I have faith in you, because you are awesome.

Our specific struggles may differ, but no matter what, we all face challenges.

In my own not-so-distant past, I felt as if I were drowning, and might be an average girl forever.

With a beautiful and brand new baby, I had plenty of things to celebrate and yet, I felt like a mess, inside and out. I had weight to lose after pregnancy but found myself eating all the time. My house was a disaster. I was forgetful because I never wrote anything down, and that made me feel overwhelmed with work, schedules and making sure everyone around me got taken care of.

 lived this way for a while, wallowing in self-pity, and feeling isolated. I was miserable, and felt completely trapped by my circumstances.

Eventually I let go of the pity I was intentionally seeking, and decided I didn’t want to be like that anymore. Little by little, I began to make small changes. I realized that I had control over the way I felt about my circumstances, and that I could change things if I didn’t like them.

It didn’t happen overnight, but I slowly came out of the fog and saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Making one small lifestyle change at a time, I learned how to thrive in the midst of chaos.

And I don’t want to keep the secrets to myself.

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If you love it as much as I do and are interested in pre-ordering, visit her landing page at: http://throughheatherslookingglass.com/average-girls-guide/

Here is what you get when you place your order:

18 chapters to inspire you to believe that you can do amazing things. I’ll share stories from my life as examples, plus everything you need to go out and live an above-average life yourself.

I can’t wait to order my copy tomorrow!

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10 Things Tuesday

10 Things Tueday!

Hi All,

I hope all of you are having a fantastic Tuesday! So far mine has been somewhat busy but with a lot of delay. My mom always describes people as being a delay fish ( shout out to the Disney movie fans who know what movie that’s from,lol). However, she seems to fail to realize that she falls into that category quite often.So my morning was basically one step forward and two steps back!

Anyways, the rest of the day is looking good! What do you have planned for today?

I thought I would do something new today and tell you 10 random things about myself and my blog.

One fun fact before we get started, When I first started getting to know my main squeeze we used the 10 fun facts to get to know new things about each other. I loved it because it allowed us to be silly while sharing things that not everyone knew about us. My favorite one of his is that he hates the feel of tearing cotton balls apart.

If for some reason none of these answer a pressing question you have about myself or my blog, you can always reach out to me at runningaroundwithlindsey@gmail.com!

Let’s Get Started….

  1. I love reading horoscopes and zodiac characteristics. Even though I rarely actually believe my horoscope, I feel like it is serendipitous when I do read them and something comes true! I saw this post on Twitter regarding characteristics of Sagittarius and I relate to almost everything on the list.  CBgZwSWWoAASG-s
  2. I am addicted to coffee mugs! You can ask my main squeeze and he will happily tell you that I have a “problem”. It is not so much coffee mugs or cups in general it is a specific kind…Disney! Every time I have visited Disneyland or California Adventure over the past few months, a new mug has jumped into my suitcase on the way home. Lately, I have been using the same mug everyday and that is my Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend mug. For the past 3 years I have tried and tried to make it to the Expo before they sold out of the coffee mug and every year I was left disappointed, but not this year. I was so happy to see a whole wall of mugs when I arrived. Even as I thought of the 10 mugs I had waiting for me at home…I couldn’t resist. As anyone who has ever been to a Run Disney race expo, if you see something you want- grab it! It will not be there if you change your mind. 2016-07-12 09.53.39
  3. I am a planner addict! I cannot even begin to tell you how addicted I am to planning! It all started with an Erin Condren planner and my addiction was set! Currently I use a PlanAhead planner that I purchased from Wal-Mart for around $10.00. While it is not an Erin Condren, it is amazing! I love decorating each week with a new theme which I think I will start sharing on Instagram with all of you. In addition to the planner I have an entire box of decorations that contains a huge amount of tapes, stickers, sticky notes and decorations. I was thrilled a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon an entire group of hashtags that are related to people showing off their planners and decorations. #friendsforlife
  4. I love buying school supplies. I think that goes back to the addiction to planning. Every year when school supplies comes out in July/ August, there’s always a little thrill in my heart thinking of how organized I am going to get. It makes me a little sad to think that within the next two months I will be finished with school forever…
  5. My favorite Disney princess is Sleeping Beauty. Since I was a teenager I have collected different types of souvenirs featuring my favorite princess. It always scares me when I dust or remove things from this shelf since a few of these pieces have been discontinued and would be very difficult to replace.2016-07-12 10.54.55
  6. Why is my Blog called Running Around With Lindsey? When I originally started blogging a few years ago my blog had a different name. Since then I have changed names three times trying to find one that fit. While brainstorming I came up with this name and thought it fit because I would be able to share my adventures in running races as well as running around in my daily life! So Running Around With Lindsey became my permanent home.
  7. I switched majors 4 times before finding my niche. If you are currently in school or preparing to go into college this fall and thinking, holy moly, I have no idea what I am going to do, don’t worry, you are not alone. When I first started college, my major was marine biology which then changed into hospitality  and then made the transition to possibly nutrition and then finally to management. While I still love the fishes and nutrition, business is where I belong. I do plan on potentially utilizing my certification as a travel and tourism specialist along with my bachelors in business together in the future. For now, I am happy to blog here, work a few odd jobs and plan vacations for awesome folks like you! If you are interested in planning a vacation, I am an active travel agent and happy to help. I specialize in vacations to the Southwest as well as anything Disney!
  8. I love oldies music. If you ask my sisters, I am a 50 year old woman in a 30 year old’s body! I am a huge fan of Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys as well as many other oldies but goodies. However, my music taste does differ drastically when I run. Since my playlist does motivate me, I will share it within the next few days, maybe you will find something new that you love!
  9. My favorite holiday is Christmas. While most people say that and say it is because of the presents, I love it for a different reason. I love being with my family, having one magical day when it feels like the outside world doesn’t really exist. I am a bit anxious about this coming year since it is the one year anniversary of when my aunt passed away but hopefully we can use that opportunity to celebrate her life and all the wonderful Christmas Day’s we celebrated with her.
  10. I love motivational quotes and collages. If there is a movie or TV show that has a motivation character or quote, I am all over it and it will be printed and near my desk! My favorite lately is “Like A Boss”. I have this printed and framed on my desk to remind me everyday what motivates me.                     2016-07-09 11.31.05So there it is, 10 facts about me! What is a fun fact about you?

A 3 Mile Run, Shrimp Tacos and My Man Crush Monday!

Hey Everyone!

I hope all of you had a great weekend.

Sunday was spent preparing for the week and then a quick bite with my amazing main squeeze. We celebrated National Pina Colada by indulging in some amazing blended beverages.

Thankfully, Monday is almost over and we can finally move on to Tuesday with a new fresh attitude.

I have had an amazing and productive day so far.

I started this morning out with a 3 mile run on the treadmill.

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This was my first run since the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in May. I will say that it did feel good to strap my running shoes on after such a long time.

The rest of the day was spent running errands with my sister. She has a huge event she is baking cookies for this coming week as well as the farmers market so we needed some different cookie cutters. At the end of the day I indulged in some delicious shrimp tacos

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These tacos were so good, I cannot tell you enough! I will be doing a separate post showing you how to make these along with some amazing mango salsa.

To end this post, I wanted to share with you my man crush Monday (well everyday but…)

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This man has been so amazing since day 1 and has always offered me support and love.

What did you do today?

 

 

4th Of July Rice Cereal Treats

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Today, my sister, my main squeeze and I will be celebrating at home with swimming and a BBQ. There are a ton of yummy red,white and blue desserts made already for when it is time to watch fireworks. When I was putting them on prettier plates I figured I would share a quick and easy dessert recipe.

4th Of July Rice Cereal Treats

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Butter

1 bag of mini Marshmallows

5 cups of Rice Cereal

Sprinkles

Instructions:

The firs step when making these yummy treats is to melt the butter.

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The next step is to melt the marshmallows with the butter. I prefer to melt the marshmallows and butter down until it is smooth.

Once the butter and marshmallows are melted, you can add rice cereal one cup at a time and stir.

I always throw in a few extra marshmallows at the end once it is all mixed.

After everything is mixed you will need a 9X13 in pan to put them into. Make sure to grease the pan before pouring in the rice cereal treat mix. Once it has been poured, grease the back of a metal spatula to press the rice cereal flat then add sprinkles!

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Once those have been allowed to set for a little while they can be cut and enjoyed!

I hope all of you have a happy and safe 4th Of July!

 

4th of July Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Hi Everyone!

I know I have already made popcorn this week but I am such a huge fan of the chocolate covered popcorn. It satisfies my need for sweet and salty all at the same time, while not having a ton of calories.

This time, instead of making it shark-tastic, I have made it Red, White and Blue themed for the 4th of July.

This popcorn is so easy to make and throw into individual bags for a firework viewing party or toss it in a bowl for everyone at your BBQ to enjoy.

As a side note, I would say that you can easily add some M&M’s to the mix as well as some pretzels. I keep mine simple because I want it to not have a ton of calories.

Let’s Get Popping!

What You Will Need:

*Popcorn

*Melting Chocolate

*Sprinkles

*Cookie Sheet

*Parchment Paper

First off we are going to lay pop our popcorn. You can easily use a bag of popcorn from the microwave, I happen to have a machine so I use the oil and kernels method.

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Next, we lay out a cookie sheet and cover that with parchment paper.

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After the parchment paper has been laid out, we spread the popcorn out evenly.

Next, we would melt the red and blue chocolate pieces in the microwave in separate bowls. I warm mine up for 30 seconds at a time till it comes out smooth.

 

Once the candy pieces are melted, You will take the spoon and drizzle the different chocolates evenly around the popcorn. Once you have drizzled both colors, add the sprinkles!

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After the popcorn has been coated in chocolate and sprinkles, you can either let it sit on the counter for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens or you can speed up the process by popping it in the fridge for a few minutes.

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After you remove it from the fridge, break it apart and enjoy!

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What is your favorite 4th Of July tradition?

 

Typical Tuesday

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great day.

Mine is winding down with some Shark Week. I don’t know about you but I thought that repeating a show from last night but calling it the “Sharkopedia version” was a little lame. I felt they could have separated them a little bit so it didn’t feel so monotonous .

Today was a pretty typical Tuesday for me with running errands, working on homework and of course stopping for some Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee, yum!

To end the night I did make some Rice Krispie treats with a 4th of July theme, so those will be posted tomorrow or Thursday.

Tomorrow is looking to be a busy day with at least 1 final needing to be done and a haircut, so another coffee run is definitely necessary.

 

What did you do today?

 

Just Another Manic Monday

Good Afternoon!

I hope all of you are having a great Monday so far.

Mine has been so full of technological glitches that I am scared to turn on my cellphone!

It started with me searching for my blog this morning when I woke up just to be sure it posted correctly. I was greeted with a message saying my site could not be found…great,lol.

I logged on and saw the post in WordPress but still could not search for my website. I logged into Namecheap only to be greeted with a notice that my account had been suspended due to spamming activity. Now I don’t believe in spamming for attention so I am not sure how that happened. Luckily, they wonderful tech support crew was able to get me back up and running.

After that it was on to my next glitch, my Fitbit Surge decided that it was going to display a time that was an hour and fifteen minutes earlier than the real time. Thankfully, I was not late for anything! I restarted the Surge twice but still was having the same issue. Next, I logged into my account to make sure a time zone didn’t get switched, still no change. Lastely, I plugged in my Fitbit (I should have thought of this sooner,lol) and that seemed to reset the system to the right time.

Now that all of that is taken care of I can finally move on with with my day. I am all set to babysit later and then hang out with the main squeeze before Shark Week!

In case you missed the post earlier, be sure to check out this recipe for Shark Popcorn

See you later!

Shark Week Popcorn

Good Morning!

I hope all of you are having a great Monday!

Sunday marked the official first day of Shark Week, A.K.A, One of the best weeks of the year. I am always looking for creative ways to celebrate and create festive treats and decorations.

For previous holidays, my youngest sister has made this amazing chocolate covered popcorn and I thought I would give it a try but with a shark theme.

So here it is, Shark Week Popcorn!

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If you would like to know how it was made, here are the directions:

Shark Week Popcorn

To start with, pop some popcorn. I used the kernels and oil in the machine but you could easily use the bagged kind to keep it simple.

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Next, I laid out a cookie sheet with parchment paper on top and spread out the popcorn in one layer.

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After spreading out the popcorn, I added some blue gummy sharks. ( I got a whole bag from Wal-mart for $.98)

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The next step was to melt some blue chocolate for drizzling. I warmed it for 30 second increments until it was smooth.

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After melting the chocolate I used the spoon to drizzle chocolate on the popcorn evenly and then added some sprinkles.

Once the chocolate and sprinkles have been spread over the popcorn you can either let it sit on the counter to harden or you can pop it int he fridge for 10 minutes.

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When the chocolate has hardened simply break it up into pieces and then enjoy!

This is the perfect treat to satisfy either a sweet or salty craving and such a great treat for shark week fanatics!

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What is your favorite treat to enjoy during Shark Week?