Sumthin’ New

It seems like I have been trying a lot of new things lately:

  • Broken Foot
  • Capoeira
  • Politics (GMO Labeling Colorado)
  • Non-Profits (Denver Community + Colorado Food Safety)
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Yoga Therapeutics Certification

I decided to give skate skiing a go with a lesson this week. It was a not so brilliant idea. I did not realize how much I would pushing off the outside of my foot where my foot has been healing. I was working solely on form on a small track. It was a struggle. I was wiped.

The instructor and resort were not shy about being vocal in asking why I was there… that part was a little awkward. But whatever.  I got a great lesson in and had a lot of improvement with something I had ZERO experience with. I did not expect them to blow daisies up my rear to make me feel welcome. Ha!

I will be back though. What was the last new thing that you tried?

YO GABBA GABBA 2014 Tour #Denver Giveaway

YO! Want to get your family and/or friends together because you like to DANCE?!? This Saturday Denver – Yo Gabba Gabba Live! comes to the Paramount Theater and we have FOUR TICKETS to giveaway.

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Now I have to admit that the biggest Gabba fan in our home is my husband. Actually at the last tour date we went to we brought a singleton friend who is into national and local music scenes. She had a blast. It seems like a lot of adults we know have a keen understanding of how awesome the music is at these shows.

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We will be bringing our two boys this time though. I was still pregnant with our second during the last scheduled tour date but he is kind of a rager at live shows so this will be perfect for his 19-month old sensibilities.  Well that I can see him getting silly when Biz Markie takes the stage.

Tickets are still available at Altitude Tickets for the 1:30 and 4:30 shows for this Saturday 15 November. Or you can win a pair here though the form below.  A winner will be drawn Thursday night at midnight and must respond by noon on Friday or another winner will be drawn.  Good luck!!  See you at the show. MUSIC IS AWESOME!

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FTC Disclosure: My family and I are being comped tickets to attend the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway. No other compensation is being exchanged for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

#EarthMama On the Road

I am very, very lucky that my kids are really great when it comes to traveling.  They are great on planes, they are great on the road.  Just because we leave home is no reason to sacrifice high-quality personal products for any of us.  I love Earth Mama Angel Baby when I leave home with or without them because their products multitask as much as I do.

The whole family is accompanying me this long weekend as I am a course manager for about 50 miles of a relay race.  I have a big van of supplies to help my volunteers and runners as well as needing to keep our suite at elevation (8500′-9500′) stocked for my family.

Here is a pretty standard set of goods I am using to travel with the whole family.  When it is just me and I am flying it is usually the Angel Baby Oil (I use this as a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, and a hair oil if I need some softness and control) and some of their lip balm.  The baby oil is available in 1 oz. size which is easy for TSA carryon convenience. For everyone on this trip it is Nipple Butter, Angel Oil, Body Wash, and Bottom Spray.   When I am in my van cruising the course I will have the Nipple Butter and Bottom Spray on hand for runners who get too much sun or encounter plants on the trails that they may have reactions too. These products multitask for me with beauty routines, my kids and family with their needs, and for endurance athletes who need an extra hand on the course.

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The Shampoo & Body Wash is so crucial on the road for the boys because of its distinctive scent.   As a standard the boys and I are used to using the Natural Orange Vanilla Scent.  Even though we are not at home this familiar scent helps to keep them in their usual rhythm of nighttime steps and as a cue for when to go to bed.

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I hope to add some images of athletes on the course getting a little EMAB TLC.  I use it with my endurance training so why not introduce it to others?  To get a feel of alternative uses of Earth Mama Angel Baby products please visit this summary.

FTC disclosure: This is a compensated campaign I am part of with monetary compensation and products provided.  However all opinions are my own. I am a longtime fan of Earth Mama Angel Baby so it may seem hard to find me criticizing their products.

Venus de Miles pumped up! #rideVenus

Venus-2014-BloggerBadges-KiaLast year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.

To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!

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The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles.  It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride.  Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.IMG_1524

Marianne was pretty remarkable as well.  She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.

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Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.

15 minutes is better than no minutes.

You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.

Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.

Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process. 

Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.

 

Wanderlust Revist – 5 years here we go

Five years ago I headed to the first Wanderlust in Squaw Valley…

then I got pregnant and had a kid, then another.  I have been on a little lockdown since then but here we are five years later and I am going back.

Wanderlust is in a number of locations now so the road trip to Cali will not be necessary – only a 3 hour drive to Snowmass.

I have also been a yoga teacher for five years and have watched the yoga hustle explode around me while I have chosen to watch from the sidelines with little ones as my priority.  I am curious to see how that has translated into whatever Wanderlust is now.

I’m back and covering for Yogadork again (there are three or four posts of coverage I did from 2009). Hit me up if you see me. Follow me on twitter and instagram as @kiamruiz. This is going to be fun no matter what!

Summer Fun with Blue Diamond

Almonds are simple for summer with the delights of being outside and on the go.  I thought the best way to show this would be with my trip to the East Coast over the weekend for Fitbloggin.  I packed up my tin of Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut  Almonds and headed out on an epic journey.

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First I am glad I packed them in carry-on luggage because when I got to the airport the restaurants were closed and I did not grab dinner.  This was a good alternative to the snack machine dregs I tried to navigate.

Then during the four-hour road trip to Savannah from Atlanta my tummy clock went off again and these little powerhouses were right there.

Finally I had to take the day further with four hours of kayaking including battling the incoming tide from the Atlantic.  I needed fuel! The tin packed well in my wet bag.

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The trip was not quite planes, trains, and automobiles but switch out the trains with the kayak and you are there.  This tin was versatile and compact along the way.

For those curious about the ingredients, for the most part they were wholesome with ingredients that I could identify.  I was sent a Toasted Coconut tin and a bag of Blueberry flavored almonds.  The Blueberry ones had blueberry juice and red cabbage juice but I opted to leave them home because the stevia left an aftertaste for me.  I liked the Toasted Coconut a lot with “caramel color” being the major question mark for me.  I generally like my almonds plain – so the flavoring was new for me.  I would consider getting the Toasted Coconut again as a treat while out on the road for sure.

FTC Disclosure – I was not compensated financially for this post.  I am a Tastemaker with Blue Diamond and was sent two regular-sized products to taste and mention in my social media channels.