Date Night Ideas- October

Happy Monday!

I hope all of you are having a great day so far. My Starbucks app is still currently down but I am hoping to have a cup of coffee in hand in a few hours!

I think this weekend was one of the shortest I have had lately but it was a very full weekend! On Saturday, I spent some time cleaning and sorting through some paperwork on my desk that has been piling up. After that Damiean and I ventured out for lunch and wound up driving around for a little while just enjoying each others company. We are planning a trip in 2 weeks up to Flagstaff so we were looking over hotels and I was brainstorming packing since it will be quite a bit colder up there and we will be outside for a majority of Saturday while we are there.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that most of Sunday morning was spent on the treadmill running my 13 mile long run! It felt good but my hips are feeling it today!

Since one of the reasons Damiean and I are heading up north in a few weeks is to celebrate our 3 1/2 year anniversary (not that he would admit that is what we are doing) I thought I would share with you today some of my favorite date night or day date ideas for October. Some of these ideas are good all year long while others, at least in Arizona, are October specific.

  1. The Arizona State Fair

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Every year in October, the Arizona State Fair rolls into town. While I have not yet gone this year, Damiean and I do try to get there each year. While it can be pricey, there are often times you can find deals regarding bringing canned food or after a certain time of day.

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One of Damiean’s favorite times to go is on days where you can get the fair’s version of the “Fast Pass” and skip the lines. While it is nice to not have to wait in line, I am not a huge fan of a majority of fair rides so my options are somewhat limited. Aside from the food, one of the best things about the fair is being able to just spend time with your sweetie and walk through the exhibits.

2. Haunted House

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I will preface this by saying that I am a fraidy cat! I do not like knowing things are hiding up ahead of me ready to jump out and scare me. However, each year we go to at least one Haunted House and I pretend to be the tiniest bit brave. The one thing that makes it more fun for Damiean is making me go first, which I hate! But I will admit after it is all said and done I had fun.

3. Pumpkin Carving

During the month of October, I love getting ready for Halloween. Therefore, one of my favorite dates is the pumpkin patch or simply heading to the grocery store to pick up pumpkins to carve at home. One of my favorite things to do while carving pumpkins is turn on Hocus Pocus in the back ground and just enjoy feeling like a kid again.

4. The Zoo

Since the weather is finally cooling down in October, it is always nice to finally be able to go outside and enjoy each other’s company. The zoo is great because you can wander around and explore together. A few of my favorite zoo’s in Arizona are- The Phoenix Zoo, The Wildlife World Zoo and the Heritage Park Zoological Society (Prescott).  If you haven’t visited the Heritage Park location yet, I would highly recommend it! Damiean and I went up there to zipline and had a ton of fun.

5. Head Up North

This time of year it is always wonderful to not only get away but also explore Arizona in cooler temperatures. Damiean and I love venturing up to Sedona, Prescott and the surrounding areas for a quick get away on the weekends. It is nice during October because the leaves are changing and the temperatures are quickly dropping.

One additional idea is to just go out for coffee. Sometimes, it is easy to forget that the simple things are sometimes the best things in life. It is so easy to get disconnected and out of sync when life is crazy so I would highly recommend just sitting down, grabbing a cup of coffee and talking to each other.

 

What is your favorite date you’ve been on?

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Salt River Fields Spooktacular Giveaway

Happy Friday!

I am so excited that it is the end of the week and we are heading into what looks like a beautiful weekend weather wise.This week has felt long since I have been on meds and in and out of the doctors office but we came through in one piece!

My plans for this weekend are to write up some blog posts, read, start packing for my Disneyland trip next weekend, run 13 miles and then treat myself to a delicious breakfast somewhere as a reward! I am sure the weekend will also be filled with coffee but that is every weekend!

Todays post is actually a GIVEAWAY!!! To enter, please visit my Instagram- @runningaroundwithlindsey and follow the directions listed. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on October 14th with the winner being announced on October 15th!

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I am so thrilled to say I am partnering up with the Salt River Fields Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival in Arizona and giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to their event taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, October 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

0-yp-Balloon_Airborne-YPP_4451This event looks amazing and I am so excited to attend with Damiean, my sister and her boyfriend this year.

This two day event is taking place on Friday, October 26th and Saturday October 27th. There will be over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and copious amounts of candy ( over 4,000 pounds) being passed out during their trick-or-treat. In addition, there will be live music, food and beverages, vendor market, free kids zone, tethered balloon rides, haunted spooky trail, fireworks and much more!

0085-BY-Spooktacular_2014Interested in dressing up? There is a nightly costume contest! Kids, adults and groups can participate!

IMG_2569Tickets are available online or at the gate.

Adult Tickets are $15.00 each

Children’s Tickets are $10.00 each

(Children are ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free)

I hope to see you there!! Winner will be announced October 15th!!

To find out more, visit: http://azspooktacular.com/

 

**Disclaimer** In exchange for this giveaway and event review, I was provided a pack of tickets to attend the event, However, all opinions are my own.

My October Reading List

Good Morning!

It is finally Thursday and what a week so far! How is yours going?

I am finally feeling back to somewhat normal today and happy to say that I am on the mend. I am still winding down on some medication from the infection I was dealing with but nowhere near the amount I was on before.

Yesterday I shared with out my October goals. I purposely left off reading because I wanted to focus on that separately.

Since I am trying to be much more intentional about the way I live my life and wanting to take better care of myself both mentally and physically, I decided to pick some books that would fit into that criteria. While I still might cycle a few “for fun” books into the mix, these are the books I am for sure reading this month.

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  1. You are a BADASS by Jen Sincero.

20181004_073341This book has always jumped out at me from the Target shelves but I never picked it up because in my head, by doing so I was just adding extra pressure on myself to not only read the book but also to apply it to my everyday life. I will say I am actually excited to break this one open and start working to a better more badass version of myself!

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2. Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley20181004_073328This book stood out to me not only because of the beautiful cover but also because of the message. Like most women I know, I strive everyday for perfection only to find myself falling short. The message with this book is that you should allow yourself the grace to make mistakes and live your life on your own terms while still being yourself.

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3. Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure
20181004_073315.jpgI will admit I am a huge fan of Candace and a sucker for each and every one of her Hallmark movies! I will also admit that if I had to choose one person that was my “goals” it would be her or Reese Witherspoon! I love the idea of this book and am so excited to start reading through and learning more about Staying Stylish.

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I will be sure to review each of these books toward the end of the month so that I can share with you what I think.

Have you read one of these books? What did you think?

 

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October Goals

Hi There!

This post is a little bit late going up but today was a long, busy day so we are just going to go with it!

I am participating in the #last90days with Rachel Hollis currently and that has somewhat forced me ( in a good way) to focus on goals.

Today was my follow up appointment with my doctor regarding the leg infection I’ve been dealing with. Luckily, it was good news and it looks like the infection is gone. For now I am dealing with the dry skin and finishing up the medication I was prescribed.

That brings me to my first goal: Focusing on my health!

Since I have been dealing with this current health crisis lately, it has caused me to take a look at how I have been taking care of myself lately. I am happy to say that even before this challenge started I had been eating better and working out. With the swollen foot and medications it was hard to keep up but I am excited to get started again! I do have 3 half marathons coming up soon so it will be good to have an end goal

My second goal is going to be: Have Fun!

I will admit I like to stick to the usual plan and do the usual day in and day out activities.For these month of October and hopefully the last 90 days, I am going to focus on cutting down the stress and focus on having fun. Luckily, I have quite a few fun activities planned and I am excited to share them with you!

My third goal: Drink more water!

I don’t know about you but I have a hard time drinking half of my body weight in water. This month  I am trying to focus on drinking more water and hydrating the right way. While this does tie in with health, I felt it was important to mention separately.

My fourth goal: Blog everyday!

While the blog posts like today’s might sometime come up a little later than intended, it is my intention to blog everyday.

Lastly, the my fifth goal is: Get Organized!

I consider myself pretty organized but I really want to clear out some clutter and get myself even more organized.

What are your goals for October?

 

 

Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes/ Waffles

Hi Everyone!!

I hope your October is off to a great start. Today I wanted to share with you a new favorite recipe of mine for Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes.

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I am trying to avoid eating large amounts of carbs lately so I was on the hunt to find a receipt for a delicious pumpkin pancake or waffle. I combed through a few and combined them till I found just the right mix. This is an adaptation between a few different recipes but the two most prevalent was Our Best Bites and Willow Bird Baking

Like most things, I decided to put a Disney twist on it and make mine into a Mickey Mouse shaped treat. The maker I have is technically a waffle but the consistency, to me anyway, is more like a pancake.

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This recipe is not super sweet but you can top with a little whipped cream or syrup if you are not trying to avoid the sugars.

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • A pinch (right around 1/8 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla

Instructions:

  • Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and vanilla extract until the batter is smooth and very well combined.
  • Depending on if you are making waffles or pancakes, the cooking instructions will vary a little bit.

Pancakes:

  1. Grease a griddle or nonstick pan with cooking spray or a little vegetable oil.
  2. Heat skillet or pan on medium for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour batter to form pancakes of whatever size you like.
  4. Cook first side until bubbles form on top, about three minutes,flip and cook other side until it is brown, about two minutes.

Waffles:

  1. Preheat the iron.
  2. Coat with cooking spary.
  3. Pour the batter and spread so that the batter fills the waffle iron but does not overflow. If you are utilizing a Belgian waffle maker, it will require more batter.
  4. Close lid and cook waffle until the iron stops steaming. Cook times will vary depending on the waffle iron. If you would like the waffle a little crispier, cook for a tiny bit longer.

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Once the pancakes/ waffles are completely cooked, they are ready to be served. My sister decided hers should be served with a side of mini chocolate chips for some added sweetness and some turkey bacon.
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Mine were served with a small side of whipped cream with a little sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. and turkey bacon.
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The nutritional breakdown that I figured out is as follows. Please note that I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist and this is a breakdown based on the recipe as it is noted above.
If you are making 6-8 pancakes, this is the breakdown per pancake:
41 calories, 1.5g of fat, 2.5g of carbs, 2.1g of protein, 0.6g of fiber, 1.3g of sugar
If you are making 2 larger waffles:
123 calories, 4.6g of fat, 7.4g of carbs, 6.2g of protein, 1.9g of fiber, 4g of sugar
I hope that you guys enjoy these. Be sure to let me know what you think!

Re-Introduction

Hi There,

Since I have had some new faces around the blog lately I thought I would take a moment to re-introduce myself.

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My name is Lindsey and I was born and raised here in Arizona. I have been blogging on and off for a number of years and it took some time to find a home with a blog name and vibe but I finally found it here at Running Around With Lindsey.

I am 32 years old and a lover of all things Disney.

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I am an avid runner with my all time favorite races being Run Disney races.

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I am currently training for 3 half marathons and hoping to do a few races just for fun over the next few months. I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict with a love for both Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.

2018-09-16 11.30.44I have an amazing family that I enjoy traveling with, mostly to Disney!

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I have a very wonderful boyfriend that I have been lucky enough to call the love of my life for almost 3 1/2 years.

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I have worked in the finance industry for almost 3 years but hope to eventually grow into a full time blogger.

Outside of traveling I love to bake, read, kayak and spend time with my nearest and dearest.

I hope that I can get to know you guys a little bit better and if there is anything specific you want to know, ask!

I am most active on Instagram and post there pretty frequently so be sure to follow along @runningaroundwithlindsey.

 

Happy Wednesday!

Hi There,

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday so far!

I just wanted to do a quick check in with you and see how you are! So, how are you?!

Just a quick update for you- So far today has been pretty good for me. It is overcast and cloudy out which for me is the perfect weather to relax and spend some extra time in your PJ’s. However, I am not in my pajamas and unfortunately, I am not at home either! Today’s work day is full and after work I’ve got a 30 minute training run to get done along with a to-do list as long as my arm!

Last night I did decide to be a bit lazy but I turned lazy into creative and made the cutest (in my opinion), Haunted Mansion inspired wreath. I picked up the stuff from the dollar store so it probably cost me under $7 to make this wreath. I love how it turned out and decided to make one for the front door as well.

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Luckily, I am drinking an iced coffee currently so that is easing the pain of making it through the middle of the week slump! ( can you tell it is a bit humid!)

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Tomorrow is date night but we are kind of double-dipping and celebrating Damiean’s brother and nieces birthdays as well. We will be going out to dinner as a group. My only issue is that I am the only one of us that is sticking to a high protein, low carb diet and Chinese is not known for being particularly low carb. I am thinking I will stick with beef or chicken and broccoli with brown rice but I will happily take any suggestions that you guys might have.

I am also excited to announce I will be participating in Rachel Hollis’ Last 90 Days Challenge! I cannot even express to you how much I admire and appreciate Rachel Hollis. She is a reality check for me on most days and really makes me stop and evaluate a situation before reacting or downing on myself. Are you a Rachel Hollis fan?

untitledI hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day!

Friday Feels!

Hi There,

I hope you all had an amazing week!  Mine has been crazy busy and felt like it lasted 3 weeks instead of the 5 days it has nearly been. Anyone else having an extra long week?

Last night was date night. Damiean and I went decided to try Salad and Go for the first time. For me, I was very pleased with how fresh and tasty everything was. I think that Damiean was feeling that it was not a very substantial and not necessarily enough to keep him full. However, we did decide to indulge in some Menchie’s frozen yogurt afterward. Low carb German chocolate and a tiny bit of cake batter for me and chocolate with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for Damiean. The yogurt was gone so quickly I did not even have enough time to snap a picture!

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Today started out with a pumpkin coffee as big as my head! While I am sticking to a diet that is mostly low carb and high protein, a treat now (I think anyway) is necessary!

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After work today Sydnee and I are heading to get our nails done for vacation. It is absolutely necessary considering I am giving off major Wolverine vibes with how outgrown my nails are.

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Tomorrow morning we are leaving for a quick trip to Disneyland. I am so excited to see the Halloween decorations and enjoy a variety of their treats, in moderation.

One of my absolute favorite parts of Halloween time at Disneyland is when the Haunted Mansion gets its Nightmare Before Christmas overlay.

20180818_121643I cannot wait to see the gingerbread house inside.

20171109_200819What are you up to this weekend?

Oops, I did it again and a discount!

Hey There!

Happy Friday!!! I am so thankful this week is over. I don’t know what it is sometimes about short weeks that make them feel so long. How has your week been?

So, as some of you know, I am currently training for 2 half marathons, the Wicked Half on October 28th and the Rock-N-Roll Half in January. Well, the other night I got to thinking that a Christmas race might be fun.. so Sydnee and I decided to sign up for the Run, Run Rudolph half on December 15th. I think that is why we are officially Half Fanatics, haha. Interested in signing up for one of the Run, Run Rudolph races, you can use my personal referral link: Sign Up Here

untitledIf you follow along with my on Instagram , I am currently working with Ryan House to promote their run taking place on October 6th in Mesa. The race should be a lot of fun and if you sign up between now and September 15th, use code RunWithLindsey and receive a 20% off discount! Sign Up Here

Yesterday was crazy busy and ended with me leaving the hair salon after 7:30 last night with a fresh haircut and no more roots showing! Aren’t haircuts amazing? I leave there feeling like a new woman even though all they did was take off a few inches and change the color slightly! I will be sure to share a picture later of the hair, it turned it amazing!

Tonight is date night for Damiean and I and we will be heading to Texas Roadhouse, yum! Tomorrow, Damiean and I will be heading up to Jerome with friends and family to enjoy (hopefully) a bit of cooler weather! Sunday, Sydnee and I will be hitting the road for an 8 mile training run. In addition to all that I am working on a really fun post giving you a review of my experience taking the Happy Haunts tour at Disneyland.

What is on your agenda for this weekend?

 

 

I’m All In.

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!

I don’t know about you guys but I always have a hard time heading back to work after a 3 day weekend. Especially when they are filled with checking things off your to-do list, running, spending time with friends and family and just relaxing!

If you follow me on Instagram, which you definitely should, you know that I ran 6.5 miles yesterday. I am happy to report that I felt great afterward, there was a slight, slight cool-ish breeze and I did not even have to take a nap after the 5 A.M. wake up call!  In addition to my run this weekend, I spent some time cleaning, went out to lunch and spent some much needed quality time with my love, spent time with my family, put up Halloween decorations (if Disneyland has theirs up you know I needed mine up) and  getting ready for the week. Looking back on this weekend, it was definitely some much needed time to myself and I actually entered today feeling somewhat refreshed.

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Now that we have gotten a little update out of the way, I want to talk to you about some things that have been on my mind. I am a creature of habit, I like things to stay the way that they are and routines to stay consistent. Damiean will be the first to tell you that I get a little moody and anxious when major changes are happening, mostly because of a lack of control.

Right now is a season of change. This quote is one that I have printed and hung up by my desk at home as a constant reminder that change is necessary to grow!
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One of the biggest changes taking place in just a few weeks is that Damiean will be starting a new position at his current location. About a month ago Damiean was approached by his superior and asked to interview for a position that he has been wanting for quite some time. Once the interview had concluded and he found out the information regarding the new job, we found ourselves having to have a very honest conversation about the change that would come along with it, the biggest being his schedule. Since we started dating he has worked 3- 12’s, which meant he was home 4 days out of the week. The new hours he works will mean he is getting up for work a few hours after I have already left for the day and coming home right around the time I am heading to bed for the evening four days out of the week. There is also days where he will be on call- which is going to be different since he could finish a shift, come home and then get called right back out. In addition, there is a 2 year contract involved, which means that this schedule would be pretty consistent for 2 years but it also means that once those 2 years are done, he will have the experience to go anywhere he wants.

I am very lucky. Damiean and I have wonderful lines of communication that allow us to honestly say what we are thinking and how we are feeling. This time was no different. He has ALWAYS supported me in every endeavor I have ever considered without hesitation and I would not consider myself a good partner if I did not do the same. I promised him that no matter what I was, “all in”, and no matter what we would make it work.

I am happy to say that he was offered the job and has accepted it as well, so we are on the countdown until his first day and I am all in. I am going to do whatever necessary to provide Damiean the support he needs to succeed while also providing him a safe place to decompress when needed.

If those changes were not enough, Damiean’s brother will be moving in with him right around the same time his new job starts. Without divulging too much private information he is going through a divorce and will be moving in with him while he sells his house. Again, this is something that shakes up the routine and normalcy that we usually have. Another tough conversation but I am all in. I love Damiean and know that this is just a small blip on the radar of our entire lives together and we will make it through. However, I am human. Recently, I have had to re-evaluate my reaction and thought process when it comes to this change and change the narrative that goes along with it. My negative reactions and thought process does not do anything positive for either of us and I would rather be a supportive and loving partner instead of just another negative voice in his ear. Luckily, we are a united front and Damiean and I are prepared to face whatever comes together.

In the midst of all of this change going on around me I have desperately being wanting an outlet. It suddenly hit me that I have one! While I am afraid that being too real might scare people away, I cannot be alone in my feelings, thoughts and emotions. Why share nothing but pretty, happy stories and pictures , that is not real life, that is a highlight reel. This is my safe place to share! A place for you and I to connect based on the fact that yes, I am human! I have real thoughts, emotions and reactions. I have good days and bad days and every level in between. While I will continue to share with you recipes, fun reviews and all the fun I had on vacation, I will also start sharing with you the “real” experiences I have as well. My promise to you is that I am all in as far as blogging. I am choosing to lean in to the process and grow this blog and m brand as much as possible while also continuing to be myself along the way.

Thank you so much for sticking with me through all of that. I know it was long winded. Please know that each and every one of you are so appreciated!

All that being said, I do have a lot of fun stuff coming up on the blog as well as some day to day things as well. Anything in particular you would be interested in hearing about? Email me! runningaroundwithlindsey@gmail.com

Are you currently going through any big changes?

Any of you couples out there dealt with conflicting schedules? How did you make it work?