the worst half marathon ever

Let’s call this post – the worst half marathon ever.

Because of me, not because of the actual race at all.  Actually, the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon is one of my favorite races.  It’s near and dear to my heart because it was my first half marathon I ever did (in 2007!) and, of course, it’s in my beloved hometown St. Louis.  It’s always a challenging course with lots of hills, but when properly trained, it’s a great race!  You get to see many parts of our city, run across bridges, see the Clydesdales at the brewery, Busch Stadium, and more.

Barbie and I on the Arch riverfront before the race began.

But you see, that’s where the problem lies.  I was not properly trained for this half marathon.  In fact, I wasn’t trained at all.  Not in the slightest.  Like so little training that I had trouble figuring out my race day outfit based on the weather and was frantically texting Barbie at 4:45 the morning of.  The extent of my training is laughable.  Some may even call it foolish.  Before this race, the last time I ran was four weeks prior.  It was two miles and that was tough.  So you can imagine how the race went.

So why in the world did I do it, you may be wondering?  Barbie.  (Ok, fine “Barbara,” but she’ll always be Barbie to me.  25 years later and I’m not changing what I call her.  Ever.)  Back in 2007, Barbie convinced me to do this very same race.  We were both away at college, and we decided we’d train separately and come back to St. Louis to run together.  Many years since then, we’ve completed this race together.  A couple of months ago while at brunch, she told me she signed up to run.  Sure, I thought, why not?  I’ll join ya!

Thinking the upcoming race would motivate me to get my butt in gear, I happily signed up.  I counted the weeks before, laughed to myself as I realized training would be challenging given my schedule and the weather, but figured I’d be fine.  After all, how many half marathons have I completed?  Fifteen-ish, I believe.

Check out our giant smiles before we started the 13.1!

I kept telling myself that I had done these races a million times, and I’d be fine.  I knew I certainly wouldn’t be earning a PR or anything, but I figured my body would remember what to do and go into race mode.  I also knew I wasn’t going to worry about my time.  I didn’t even wear any sort of running device to track my mileage or time (GASP!).  My last half marathon (also with Barbie) was two years ago and my training consisted of six runs with my longest run being six miles.  We ended up running the entire distance with a final time of 2:12:39.

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This year was a different story.  Right out of the gate I told Barbie I felt good.  She chuckled.  100 feet later, I said the same thing.  After mile three, I begged Barbie to walk for a minute.  Barbie is one of those runners that no matter how “good” of shape she is in, she can always run.  She was basically running circles around me and so kindly pledged to stay with me the whole race.  The first four miles were rough.  Miles four through seven were a little better, and I might even dare to say we found a groove.  Mile eight was hard and my knee started throbbing.  I wondered if I’d be able to finish, but vowed I would since I have never had to have a DNF (did not finish).  We took a few more walking breaks, and somehow mile 11 was upon us.  Mile 11 was also where the first MARATHONER passed us and went barreling ahead to the finish line.  That was amazing to see and provided a bit of inspiration.  This guy was doing double the distance as us and was killing it!

I think we ran the last two miles with no walking breaks.  Although that mile 13 felt like it would never end.  Barbie kept telling me we were almost there, and we could hear the music at the finish line.  Well let me tell you what.  That finish line music was loud because I’m pretty sure we heard it an entire mile away.  But low and behold, we crossed that finish line and earned that pretty hardware!

Every bone, every muscle, every single part of my body was in pain.  When I’m in shape, I’m not even sore after races at all.  I could barely walk and I know it’s just going to get worse.  But you know what?  I DID IT!  Would I do it again?  You betchya!  But you better believe I’ll train, at least somewhat, for it!  It was the hardest race I’ve ever run.  I don’t usually wear my race shirts, but tomorrow I sure am.  That is, if I can get out of bed and actually walk.

Yeah, we were still smiling at the end.  They may not have been quite as big, but they were there.  Then we were laughing in between grimacing at every step we took.  Ok, I’m off to put my feet up yet again, possibly for the remainder of the day.

Have you ever run a race you didn’t train for? How’d that go?

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event

must tell you about the fast-approaching Soft Surroundings Birthday Event!  I’m going to give you details first, then explain how I won a makeover there and how my fourth graders ended up on the news! 🙂

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event – For those of you that aren’t aware, Soft Surroundings started right here in St. Louis! They will be celebrating the 11th birthday of their first store, which is located at The Boulevard – St. Louis (across from the Galleria)!  Soft Surroundings began in 1999 as an online/catalog retailer and they now have 39 stores across the country with new stores opening every few weeks. The store at The Boulevard – St. Louis will be celebrating their 11th birthday on 11/11 (golden birthday!) and throughout the weekend of November 11-13. There, you can enjoy some drinks, treats, and a complimentary makeover while shopping!

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A couple nights before school started, my mom told my sister and I that she wanted to take us out to dinner for a girls night.  My dad came over to babysit William while my mom picked me up to meet Stephanie.  When we got there, my mom suggested we stop in Soft Surroundings so we could do a little shopping before dinner.  Stephanie and I thought like it sounded like a great plan since shopping with my mom is always fun!  Well, we walked in the store and Dana Dean, reporter for Show Me St. Louis, popped out from behind some clothing racks, threw a microphone in my face, and asked if I was Lindsay.  I was in complete shock looking at my mom and sister like, “What in the world is going on?”

Dana explained that Stephanie nominated me for a teacher makeover at Soft Surroundings and I won!  We had such a fun evening at the store!  The ladies at Soft Surroundings picked out several outfits for me to try on and model.

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I had been in the store a few times, but had never tried their clothes on.  I was amazed at how soft every fabric on each item was!  And it’s no surprise because Soft Surroundings takes great pride in choosing the very best fabrics for their clothing line.  They have so many gorgeous pieces that are perfect for teaching and everyday wear.  Part of the makeover included me selecting an outfit to keep; it was an easy choice and there was an obvious favorite of the many I tried.

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You may recognize this outfit from my Back to School 2016 post.  The makeover was such perfect timing as I hadn’t even bought a new back to school outfit this year!  I love how classic, yet unique the top is and how it can really be paired with anything.  I’ll be layering it during the fall and winter.  The leggings are so versatile and actually called their “have to have leggings.”  Once you try them on, you’ll understand why.  They’re comfortable and flattering for all.  I liked them so much that my parents bought me two more pairs (in brown and gray!) along with a couple other items for my birthday.  Soft Surroundings also let me choose the necklace I’m wearing and a couple beauty items.  I was spoiled!

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It was a fabulous night and I’m so appreciative of everyone in involved, especially my sister for nominating me and my mom for being my biggest supporter!

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A couple of weeks later, KSDK came to my classroom to film in preparation for the segment that would be airing on Show Me St. Louis.  My students thought it was the coolest thing ever!  Check out the clip here:

To help celebrate Soft Surroundings golden birthday, I was able to select one item from their new line.  It was a tough choice, but ultimately I went with a plaid top that can be worn as a shirt, tunic, or dress.

soft surroundings plaid

Seriously, so comfortable!  I wore it last night to family dinner and my mom and my grandma couldn’t believe how soft the material was!  It’s perfect to cozy up in or wear out and about with leggings and boots.

If you’re in St. Louis, I do hope you will join us at the Soft Surroundings Birthday Event this weekend! It will be a lot of fun and you’ll get to check out the gorgeous store (and have drinks, treats, a makeover, and more!).

Are you familiar with Soft Surroundings?

Sante Fitness and Wellness GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to participate in a rooftop twilight yoga session at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, hosted by Sante Fitness and Wellness, with other local influencers and friends.

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All photos in post taken by local photographer Megan Magray.

The view was spectacular, the yoga was relaxing, and the entire experience was perfect.  I love love love being outside, and I definitely don’t make enough time in my life for yoga.  It was fun to see a couple of familiar faces, Clare and Katie, who I hadn’t seen in awhile.

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We reconnected and took obligatory blogger photos together.

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Our hosts really went all out for us. They provided a lovely spread of fruits and vegetables, had refreshing cucumber water, made delicious smoothies that are offered at Sante (the “thinny mint” was the best!), and ensured each detail was attended to for making our visit unforgettable.

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Sante Fitness and Wellness focuses on Fitness, Wellness, and Balance for their members.  They have state-of-the-art fitness equipment, wifi, complimentary locker service and covered parking.  Their facility is exquisite and spacious with 18,000 square feet.

It was the perfect night for yoga.  It was a clear evening with temperatures celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  We had time before yoga began to enjoy the views, stretch out, and chat with one another.

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The energy was casual and relaxed, just as yoga should be, and our instructor from Sante, Ashley, did a great job feeding off the mood.  She let us know this would be an average yoga class; it was fine for beginners, and more advanced yogis had the options to take the poses to the next level.

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Being so busy with the beginning of school, yoga felt particularly good to be able to focus on nothing more than breathing, stretching, holding poses, letting go mentally, and taking in the beautiful scenery.  It was just what I needed!

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As class continued, the sun was setting which was magnificent from the rooftop.  Apparently Sante Fitness and Wellness hosts rooftop classes every month, and not just yoga either!  Spinning is another option that would be a lot of fun to take.  For my participation in the event, I received a free week at Sante. I’m trying to figure out a good time to utilize it, so I can go a few times.  There are additional group fitness classes that they offer that I’d love to try including yoga, pilates, kettlebell, cycle, aqua, and more.  The facility is beautiful and they have a few different membership options, as well as student rates.

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Our view on the rooftop by the end of yoga.

One lucky Itz Linz reader will win a one-month Gold Membership at Sante Fitness and Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to try Sante (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

Be sure to comment on this post to have the extra entries counted!  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm CST.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, October 7, 2016.  Winner must be a local resident, age 18 or older, and be able to redeem membership by 12/31/16.

Congrats to Drew! Enjoy your month at Sante!

Disclaimer: Through my partnership with ALIVE Influencer Network, I was provided the yoga class and one week to Sante free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

introducing kidzxplor

Moms!  (And nannies and grandmas and aunts and friends and anyone else who is a caretaker for a kiddo or anyone who needs the best gift ever!)  I have literally discovered the coolest thing for kids and moms alike.  You all know me.  You know how active I like to stay.  Especially during the summer when we have more free time than usual, I’m always looking for new and exciting activities and events to bring William to.  We’ve done our fair share of exploring St. Louis this summer, but it just got easier and less expensive, believe it or not.

Introducing kidzxplor!

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kidzxplor is a simple way for parents to expose their children to exciting new activities and experiences, like art, music, fitness, open play, cooking and theater, all included in a low monthly membership fee. This web and app-based service allows a member to book classes with no long term commitment, when you want it, helping you to unlock your child’s passion and potential.

I love signing up William for various classes and events around town, but let’s be real.  That can add up very quickly!  Not to mention hidden membership costs on top of the fee of each class!  This is one of the reasons kidzxplor is so amazing and so worth it.  You pay $99 per month (and siblings receive a reduced rate of $59 per month!) and receive unlimited classes for the many businesses that have partnered up with kidzxplor.

As a BETA tester, I received a few classes free of charge, but next summer, you better believe I’ll be signing up for all three months I’m off school.  Since I’m a working mom, I probably will not sign up throughout the year, especially while William is so young, just due to time restraints as we would probably only be able to do one class a week (on the weekends).  However, as William gets older and is able to stay up later and more classes become available, it is definitely something I would consider.  However, in the summer or for stay at home moms, I cannot recommend it enough!

So far, we’ve done two classes.  The first was at Gymboree which is a kid’s gym.

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During the class, there was plenty of time for free play on the equipment, but there were also parts that were structured and led by a teacher.  Gymboree really encourages imaginative play, so the kids pretended to ride a horse, have a horse tail, and feed the horse.  (Obviously, horses were the theme of the day.)  It was fun to see William use his imagination.  His “horse tail” kept falling off, so he was constantly checking to make sure it was still there.  So funny!  Usually with Gymboree (and other gym classes), you have to pay a membership fee on top of the cost of class.  Plus, you commit to every week, and if you need to cancel you have some restrictions for rescheduling.

Kidzplor is awesome because you can check out a place like Gymboree without paying the membership fee and without committing.  Of course if you end up loving it, you are more than welcome to sign up on your own, or you can do a few classes each month while still maintaining your non-committal schedule.  Even better, you can sign up for a class through kidzxplor as soon as two hours prior to the class starting.  So one Sunday when we had no plans, I checked the schedule and saw Gymboree was available early in the morning.  It was perfect to get out of the house, stay active, and have fun!

Another place we checked out thanks to Kidzplor is Little Fishes Swim School.

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Little Fishes has been our favorite so far!  They have three salt water pools and teach kids to swim.  William and I do the classes together right now until he is able to master a few skills; then he will level up and be in the water on his own with the instructor.  William is usually VERY clingy to me in the water, but did AWESOME during his first class!  He was swimming to and with his teacher, jumping off the side to him, and was smiling the whole time!

At William’s age, Little Fishes mission is to get kids to be comfortable in the water and teach them basic skills, so they are able to stay safe in the water.  Most likely, we will be signing up for classes to Little Fishes on our own.  If it weren’t for kidzxplor, I’m not sure we ever would have tried a class or made the commitment.

Right now, kidzxplor is launching in St. Louis on August 1, 2016.  Soon, it will be launching in other cities nationwide.  Be sure to like the kidzxplor Facebook page to stay up to date on information, see when new partnerships are made, and to learn when kidzxplor is available elsewhere!  Mommas in St. Louis, you HAVE to sign up for kidzplor in a few days.  I cannot recommend it enough!

What activities are your child involved in?

William’s First Cardinals Game

William’s first Cardinals game was on July 4th.  It had been raining for the past several days, but seemed to let up a bit on the Fourth.  Sure enough, on our way down to Busch Stadium, the rain picked up again causing a rain delay.  We killed some time at the Science Center which was just as fun for William.  Finally, when it was almost game time, we made it to the stadium.  And who else to take William to his very first Cardinals game, but Yaya and Pops, of course!

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William was a champ and made it through seven and a half innings!  Yaya did a lot of entertaining as well as giving him a play by play of what exactly he was seeing.

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That was William’s face / answer to, “Are you having fun?” as he excitedly shouted YES!  The people behind us even commented how happy he was and how great he was doing at the game.

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William wore his very own personalized Cardinals shirt which was made by A Child’s Boutique.  Keri, the owner, is wonderful and said this is the most popular Cardinals design, but she can make any shirt / outfit.  This is who Stephanie always uses to make her kids’ personalized shirts.

William cheered for the Cardinals with Yaya and Pops.

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We had a fourth seat for him to sit on, but he mostly sat on laps.  The extra seat was nice to have a little extra space and it gave him some standing room.  In between innings, we either went down to the dugout to try and catch a ball or Yaya gave him Superman rides!

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He was seriously so full of smiles and laughter the entire game!

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Think he had fun?

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Do you remember your first baseball game?

True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner.  All opinions are my own.

Celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season with True Runner as they are hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th!

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This couldn’t be any better timing for me.  I’ve only gotten in a handful of runs since the weather has been decent.  I’m more than ready to kick-off this running season with people who are just as excited as me.

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th at their Brentwood location.  True Runner and HOKA ONE ONE are hosting a FREE Fun Run Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Meet at the store for a 4-5 mile group run demoing the latest running shoes from HOKA.  All paces and abilities are welcome.

Fun Run

What will be at the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event?

  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Price wheel
  • Nutrition sampling
  • Brand reps

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You’ll be able to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands.  Brand reps will be on-site offering product expertise and demos.  You’re encouraged to share your picture from the photo booth and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes!

SGU Collage

And the best part?  I’ll be there! 😉

While it’s a two day event, I’m planning on going on Saturday morning.  But who knows, I may just have so much fun and come back for more on Sunday!

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True Runner carries a range of shoes, apparel, and gear to support your running needs and help you achieve your needs.  It’s created for runners, by runners.  They get it.  It’s more than just a specialty running store, it’s a community.  I hope to see LOTS of you on Saturday!

For more details about the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event, click HERE.

Has your running season started yet?  Did it ever end?  Already signed up for any races?

801 Fish

The sun was out all weekend, and I’m pretty sure all of St. Louis got out to enjoy it!  If not, I’m so sorry because the weather was absolutely perfect and just what we needed!  It officially feels like spring is right around the corner.  This sunshine and warm weather needs to be here to stay!  The weekend was awesome, plain and simple.  When the weather is good, it makes everything better.  When you’re surrounded by people you love, well, life just doesn’t get better than that, and that’s what this weekend was all about!

William was ready for the weekend before the weekend even began.

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He fell asleep on the way to school on Friday morning with his train signs in his hand.  Lately he’s been very into hoarding things in his hands while he plays and refuses to put anything down until he literally cannot hold anything else.

My nephew Jacob turned seven on Friday, so everyone went out to dinner to celebrate.  I didn’t get any cute photos of William, but he was enamored with his cousins, as always, and LOVED singing Happy Birthday over and over.  We went to Jacob’s birthday party on Saturday morning.  It was at an indoor soccer park and Star Wars theme.  Stephanie went above and beyond, just like she does for every event.  After the party, we came home for lunch and a nap before meeting my friend at the park.  The weather was almost 80 degrees, just perfect!

We enjoyed lots of time outdoors and took Zoey on a walk when we got home.  William was giddy in the sunshine and was laughing as he ran with the dog.

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I love that he loves the outdoors as much as his momma!

That evening, I went on a date to 801 Fish.  I had previously been to 801 Chophouse, but 801 Fish was newer to St. Louis.  Everything about 801 Fish was awesome – the decor, ambiance, and food; it did not feel like we were in St. Louis at all.  We ordered and ate enough food for an army and left very satisfied.

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  • Grilled Oyster: The two times I had oysters previous to this, I wasn’t a fan of the texture.  However, grilling the oysters makes a HUGE difference!  They were seasoned three different ways.  We both agreed the butter Parmesan ones were the best!
  • Jumbo Shrimp & Crab Meat: Can’t go wrong here.
  • Lobster Bisque: We shared a bowl; I love lobster bisque, and theirs definitely did not disappoint.
  • Hushpuppies: These were served with honey maple butter and reminded us of breakfast!  The hushpuppies were good (the butter was the best lol), but we would probably try a different side next time.
  • Saffron Tomato Cioppino: Littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, pei mussels, spicy tomato broth – This was his, and I was too full to try it.  He gave it two thumbs up and finished every bite.
  • Pan Seared New Bedford Sea Scallops: Parsnip puree, roasted butternut squash, hen of the woods mushrooms, crispy pancetta, cranberry gastrique – This was my entree, and oh my goodness it was fabulous!  I would definitely order it again, but without all of our appetizers, because I could only eat one and a half scallops by the time it arrived!  Everything about it was awesome.

I was STUFFED.  I said I couldn’t eat another bite.  But then dessert was ordered.

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And I easily had another bite. Or twelve.  But who’s counting?  This was their figgy toffee pudding.  The homemade vanilla ice cream complimented the warm dessert.  It was gone in no time.

I would highly recommend 801 Fish.  Just recapping our dinner makes me drool.  Our server told us that they get all of their seafood within 36 hours of it being caught!  That’s pretty impressive for a place like St. Louis.

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Sunday was a little cooler than Saturday, but the sun was shining, so we were outside a lot.  We went to a friend’s house in the morning, so the little ones could play together.  Blowing bubbles, drawing with chalk, and kicking balls were the highlights!

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William did really well with blowing bubbles and only licked the stick a couple of times!  The rest of Sunday included a Starbucks vanilla latte, a four mile walk around a lake, my first trip to Costco, meet up with girl friends, and family Sunday night dinner.  Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

Did you get outside this weekend?

Snarf’s Super Bowl Specials

Snarf’s.  That a funny word, isn’t it?  That’s the nickname of the creator of Snarf’s Sandwiches who opened the first one in 1996 in Boulder, Colorado.  Now, the family-owned business has grown to nearly 20 restaurants in Colorado, Chicago, St. Louis, and Austin, Texas.  There are currently three here in St. Louis with another one opening soon.  I had an awesome opportunity to check our Snarf’s a couple of weeks ago prior to hosting a playoff football game party.

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I had never been to Snarf’s before, so I told Louie, the manager at the MX location, how many people would be in attendance and he put together an AMAZING spread!  Snarf’s makes catering crazy easy.  Not only is all their food delicious, but it appeals to everybody, the portions are humongous, and they provide all the serving supplies you need.  Here was our spread from the playoffs:

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We got two HUGE cases of an assortment of sandwiches, sauces, salad, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, pickle spears, and hot peppers and onions.  Literally, everything was awesome.  You know a place is good when people are talking about the pickles; yes, the pickles were even talked about!  The sandwiches are cut in half which is perfect because you don’t have to totally commit to just one kind.

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I was glad I left the ordering up to Louie because after looking at the menu, I knew I couldn’t decide what to get with all the options Snarf’s has.  Louie gave us something of everything, and from the moment I opened the box, everyone’s eyes were wide and mouths were drooling!  I mean you gotta get a close up:

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Of the sandwiches I tasted that night, I think the Prime Rib & Provolone was my favorite, but it was not an easy decision.  I tasted at least six different sandwiches.  There were even a couple left over, and they were great toasted the next day.  (No, they did not get soggy!)

Another HUGE reason why I love love love Snarf’s is that the produce is sourced locally from Long Acres Farms and the bread is baked fresh daily from Fazio’s Bakery.  Local, fresh ingredients always taste better!

They even have dessert.  Brownies and chocolate chip cookies were eaten during half time by all, but the little ones were the only ones we made pose with their treats before we allowed them to eat it!

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So through my partnership, I got to create a “Super Bowl Special” sandwich for the big game on Sunday!  Last weekend, I went back to Snarf’s to meet with Louie and discuss and try out my creation.  It was a fun challenge as I literally put all my favorite ingredients on one sandwich and Louie made suggestions based on his expertise.  We came up with….

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Snarf’s Touchdown Turkey – Smoked turkey breast, low fat herb cream cheese, sautéed hot peppers and onions, mushrooms, topped with tomatoes, baby spinach, and fresh sliced avocado.  THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE!!! GO GET IT WHILE THEY HAVE IT!!!

Other mouth-watering, ridiculously delicious specials that Snarf’s will be running through the weekend include:

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Snarf’s Half Time Buffalo Chicken – Rotisserie chicken smothered in red hot ranch, aged swiss cheese, smoked bacon, and caramelized onions served on Snarf’s signature baguette.

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Snarf’s Super Bowl NY Deli – Hot pastrami and corned beef, aged swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms, then finished with a creamy garlic aioli on Snarf’s signature baguette; served with a side of au jus.

I think I’ve officially tried everything on and off their menu.  I got to try each of these three Super Bowl special sandwiches (I may or may not have shared), and literally they’re all winners.  I know “classic” Super Bowl food includes pizza and wings; I have nothing against that, but something a bit different (and dare I say maybe a tad healthier?) would be Snarf’s sandwiches.  Go check out their menu, place your order, and impress your guests.  I’m going back for my Super Bowl order on Sunday which will be the third weekend in a row that I’ve been at Snarf’s.  I like this pattern, and I must say, it’ll probably continue…

Be sure to check out Snarf’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  See ALL Snarf’s locations HERE.

What are you doing for the Super Bowl?

This post was sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network on behalf of Snarf’s.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Burn 1000 Workout

Over winter break, my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and I all checked out a new to us workout studio in St. Louis. It’s called Burn 1000 and it was HARD!  The last time we all worked out together was the month prior when we did an Orangetheory Fitness class.  After reading Burn 1000’s website, we learned it was similar to OTF in the sense that it was a high intensity workout using a combination of the treadmill and floor work.  We all agreed that we liked Burn 1000 better than OTF; however, we also all agreed that Burn 1000 was much, much harder!  Let me explain.

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So, OTF’s class is divided into two sections: floor and treadmill, both lasting about 25 minutes.  This is how every class is, to my understanding.  Burn 1000 is different in that we alternated between the treadmill and the floor, but did ten minute intervals; so we were on the treadmill and the floor three times each.

Since I’m not in the best shape right now, the treadmill portion of Burn 1000 felt a lot more manageable since it was just ten minutes.  That being said, it was more challenging because we never really got true recovery time.  We would get about 15 seconds, but that’s it.  (As opposed to OTF where we walked for a period of time to recover.)

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Pros of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • INTENSE and HARD workout
  • Very sore the following day
  • Short intervals (10 minutes, though the website says the intervals can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes)
  • Great instructor! Our instructor was on point with keeping both groups – floor and treadmills – on track with time, moves, and intervals – impressive!
  • Fast paced – no time to get bored!
  • Tons of different moves
  • Total body workout

Cons of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • No modifications given
  • Instructions are given so quickly for each move, could be challenging for beginners to follow (although our instructor was great at walking around and correcting form when needed!)
  • Not a lot of rest time (though this could be a pro as it keeps your heart rate elevated!)

burn1000 plank bosuball

All in all, I really enjoyed Burn 1000 and will definitely be back!  It’s a tough workout, but doable.  I could feel it throughout my entire body the following days.  If you’re in St. Louis, check it out!

Have you ever done a group workout class that alternates the treadmill with floor work?

not cooking

So I’ve been doing a whole lot of not cooking lately.  I know, I know.  Just yesterday I posted the Chipotle Cheddar Burgers, but those were made a few times in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Once my long weekend began (last Wednesday), I’ve only done baking in my kitchen.  That means I’ve gone out to eat A LOT, way more than usual.  Sure, I’ll make eggs in the morning, but that hardly counts as cooking; you know what I mean?  I thought it would be fun to put together a WIAW post for today since it’s been awhile since I’ve done that.

First though, let’s start with the little man.  He’s totally been digging his new cup.

nuby cup

As a Nuby Parent Blogger, I receive some of their new products from time to time.  He’s drinking from the Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill™ Flip-it™ with 360 Weighted Straw.  I love it for several reasons.  First of all, it’s stainless steel and I prefer William not to use plastic whenever possible for drinks or food.  Second of all, the 360 weighted straw allows him to drink from any angle and reaches the water even when there’s not a lot left.  There’s the “Clik-it™” where you actually hear the “click” to know it’s locked.  It keeps water cool up to ten hours and it’s BPA free.  William loves playing with the flip it lid and opening and closing it.  Oh, and it’s survived several throw downs when William is in his high chair and decides he’s finished.

So that’s what William’s been into lately.  Now let’s talk about all the food I’ve been eating and not cooking.

Yesterday morning we had a lovely baby shower before school for a sweet co-worker and breakfast was served.  I helped myself to a piece of egg casserole and a muffin.

breakfast

With a cup of coffee on the side (and cake at lunch).

During Thanksgiving break, I had a nice girls lunch with one of my good friends.  We went to Crushed Red as they have phenomenal chopped salads.  I went with a large “Health Nut” salad and ate every last bite.

crushed red

It was good, but I should have added some more protein to it.  It included broccoli, edamame, carrots, almonds, cranberries, and chickpeas with spinach and romaine. Raspberry vinaigrette on the side.

The dinner I’ll highlight is from Crown Candy.  I mentioned it in Monday’s post, but it’s worth showing you for the dinner portion of today’s WIAW.  Crown Candy was featured on The Food Network for their BLT.

crown candy blt

Like a pound of bacon on it, for real.  BLT’s don’t do much for me, but if you’re into them then it’s worth ordering.  Crown Candy is a fun place to visit for the experience.  It’s old fashioned and has mini jute boxes on the table, a candy counter, and they’re also famous for their homemade shakes with real ice cream.  THAT did not disappoint.

crown candy milkshake

Chocolate marshmallow?  YES!  And they’re huge.  That large cup filled up three glasses.  We ordered a strawberry shake when we finished that, and William had his first milkshake experience.

crown candy

Slurps, smiles, and full bellies all around!

Have you been cooking a lot lately or going out to eat more?  I’ve got to get back in the kitchen!