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Running in Scotland and all its glory

Scotland may be the birthplace of golf, but the picturesque running in Scotland was my personal highlight.

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Don’t get me wrong, the golf was breath taking … but as a newbie golfer I struggle to enjoy my surroundings as I focus on my game.  (See below … head down and laser focus on that tiny ball!)

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But the running … oh the running.  Early morning around the Loch before the golfers took over the grounds was something I will never forget.

I managed to squeeze in 2 days of running.

One was refreshing – with a typical Scottish mist and an overcast sky

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The second was on a rare day of sunshine.  Blue skies, a glassy lake and bright green grass.  Heavenly.

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Tips:

As you can see, my outfits were quite different from day to day.  When the sun breaks through, the temperature was glorious … but most commonly its a bit damp in Scotland.  I would suggest bringing a light rain layer for your run

A golf course is a beautiful place to run, but it can be dangerous.  Check with the pro shop as to when its safe for you to run.  Many of them will suggest a route that is the safest and hours that are not as busy.

Tell me!  Have you been to Scotland?  I can’t wait to go back! There was so much to do and explore! 

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C9 by Champion Fall 2014

Friday Favorites: featuring C9 by Champion leggings

Hi again, Its Carrie!   With this week’s Friday Favorites featuring  C9 by Champion and their affordable leggings.  With stylish silhouettes in great colors/prints and soft, cozy fabrics … these leggings offer the best bang for your buck.

Where did the summer and warm weather go?! Goodbye shorts and hello leggings.  As I rifled through my drawers this morning in search of the perfect pair of leggings I realized that I own an embarrassing number of leggings , yet there are so few that I will actually wear … guess its time for my seasonal legging hunt.

Given my limited budget and apparently short attention span for clothing, I decided that this year I was going to get thrifty. Enter C9 by Champion.  While Gia is galavanting around Scotland I happily attended C9’s latest collection preview.  I am happy to report a collection of amazingness.  I was ready to leave with every single piece … or dash to my nearest Target!

Needless to say, they won the spotlight for Friday Favorites. I’m totally digging C9’s  by Champion affordable leggings. Great prices and fun prints- these leggings offer the best bang for your buck.

1. Leopard Legging: Let me say it on the record. Prints are workout apparel’s new black. Whether tapping it back or finding your OM, these medium high rise leggings give you the comfort and look you need.

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2. Compression Legging: Because every gal needs her “main squeeze”. Available in assorted colors these capris provide the compression you need to help keep the blood flowing.

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3. Yoga Must-Have Capri: From the street to savasanna, what I love about these leggings is found in the details. From the stitching around the calf for added breathability to the chafe resistant seams, these low rise crops are the

 

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4. Women’s Run Legging: The 360 reflectivity in these run leggings is such a bright idea. Low rise and full length these run tights are ideal to go the distance with you during your winter runs.

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5. Pinstripe Leggings: I saw a sneak peak of winter’s edition of these leggings. These eye catching pants are a great addition to any wardrobe!

 

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Insider’s Hint: Have a pair you want to go the extra mile?  No worries- to get some more sweat sessions out of your favorite workout pieces, wash them in cold water and no fabric softener. Why no fabric softener you may ask? It clogs the pores of the garment and makes the material less breathable. Tumble dry or hang dry!

C9 by Champion is available exclusively at Target

Immunity Pizza

Quick Whole Wheat Immune Boosting Pizza

Cold & Flu season is upon us … and when The Gs were fighting off their colds, this mama got sneaky.  Enter Mama’s Immune Boosting Pizza.  With ingredients that heal their little bodies and taste incredible to the whole family!

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Last week my poor little Gs were sick with croup – yucky coughs, sore throats, fevers and body aches.  Heartbreaking.  After about 5 days of no sleep, and lots of tears they finally slept through the night …. and woke up about 14 hours later asking for pizza.

*** Ahhh *** it felt like the clouds moved and the sun shine down on my kitchen.  Absolute music to my ears to hear them happy and hungry!

However being that this was their first real meal in days, I wasn’t about to order some Dominos … so I cooked up some happy, healthy Immunity pizza, and it was a huge hit.

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The crust boasts these ingredients and their awesome benefits:

Immune Boosting Pizza.  made with garlic, , parsley & spinach

Garlic – boosts immune system & reduces the severity of colds

Parsley – rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A. Keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system.

Turmeric – powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Spinach – Rich in antioxidants, a good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.

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Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dry parsley or 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Toppings:

  • Tomato Paste as desired
  • shredded mozzarella cheese – or for dairy free Daiya Shredded Mozzarella
  • spinach leaves
  • Anything else you love! I put some sliced turkey for protein and a few pieces of whole milk mozzarella!
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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Put all of the crust ingredients into a big bowl and mix it all together to make a dough. You can use your hands, or if you are like me and hate that feeling … use a flexible spatula.  Once mixed you want the dough to come together in a ball and feel spongy.
  • On a slightly oiled baking sheet or Silpat press the dough into whichever shape you desire.  This one I use my hands, and I find it works best if I dust them with a little flour before shaping the dough.  Try to get it as flat as possible without tearing it.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, depending on how thick your crust is. You want it to firm up a bit to be ready for your toppings
  • Take out and put your toppings on!
  • Bake another 10 mins or until the crust is browned and the toppings are cooked.

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