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A Realization

When I was a freshman in high school, my soccer coach pulled me aside at practice and said “Make no mistake, I appreciate how hard you work, but you’re making your teammates look bad because you are so severely out-working them.” I was in utter shock–perhaps that’s why I’ve never forgotten it. How shameful of a thing to say, as a coach. The reality is that many people still feel this way, I believe. If you outshine them, they are scared shitless and can’t deal with it. Thus, they try to shut you down (instead of improve themselves). Here’s my take away from this: Never let anyone’s opinion of you diminish your commitment to doing what’s right & what’s in line with your purpose in life. Never ever.

Q & A with UltraRunner Emz Eliason of RunEmz.com

So excited to share the wisdom and thoughts of a woman that I truly admire, look up to, and see as a running sister!

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Here are my questions to Emz:

1. You run, a whole bunch. What gets you up in the morning with such tenacity?

I’d say for the most part it is my goals. Even if I don’t have a scheduled race in the near future, I know running for charities is my passion. I always want to know that if I received an opportunity to do a run….that I will be ready [training wise]. The early morning hours are MY time for ME. This may mean I get out of bed at 4:30 but it is always worth it.

2. How is each run different for you?

Although I do all my runs on a treadmill, I do try to make sure that I change it up. Some days I go a little faster, some days I take the incline higher. At least three days a week I try to do my runs without any music or TV. Other days I take it easy & just let the legs go.

3. If you could sum up your approach to running, what would it be?

Just. Freaking. Run.
Who cares about the speed. Get out there.

4. If you could only run in one pair of shoes for the rest of your life…what brand & model?

Love this question. Without a doubt Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s.

5. Dream place to run:

New Zealand. Every year we go back to visit family – it reminds me that I do like running outside every now & then. 😜

6. Dream running buddy:

My Instagram friends. Truth. Some of the coolest people ever. I have made some of my closest/dearest friends through social media. I have been fortunate enough to run alongside many of them during one of my 24-hour treadmill runs. As well as having some of them pace me during my trail 100’s. Incredible, inspiring, thoughtful, selfless individuals.

7. Favorite run of your life so far:

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run. It was a completely different experience than any ultra I have ever done. No crowds. No cheering. No crew. No run partners. Just me with myself, outside in one of God’s most incredible creations.

8. If you could give nutritional advice to other runners, what would it be?

That quote, “you can’t out train a bad diet”…… It’s the truth. It took me way too long to get this through my thick skull. Running 70-100 miles a week does not give you the right to eat superfluous amounts of crap. I found when I eat bad – I feel like bad. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy carrot cake & pizza with the best of them. And I do ENJOY my treats occasionally. But not daily.

9. Favorite food/meal:

Mexican food. All of it. [sans meat & dairy]. My go to after a long run….Cafe Rio vegetarian salad [tortilla, black beans, all veggies, guacamole, jalapeños, salsa] = my heaven.
My daily staple = vega one vanilla chai protein shake. Holy. Yum.

10. Favorite Athlete:

All the mom’s out there. I know you may call this generic…. But it’s the honest truth. I am so inspired by moms who get up and put in hard amounts of training every day – then rather seamlessly put on their mom, wife and employee hats. It’s incredible to me. I am far more inspired by “average women” than professional female athletes.

11. Your best marital & parenting advice:

Be honest. Express your needs. Communicate. Hang out together. Not a fan of girl’s night or girl’s weekend but I am a huge fan of date night with my man. I choose him every damn day over anything else.

Don’t make your child’s life easy. Teach them how to work hard. Be an example of this.

12. What impression would you hope to leave on those that look up to you?

That I’m not a talented runner. But I put in a lot of work. My parents taught me the value of working hard at a very young age. It has always stuck with me. If you want something. Put in the work. Get after it. Now.

13. Emz’s Life Motto, summed up:

You’ve. Freaking. Got. This.

Train your brain to tell your body you CAN do hard things.

I’ll be sure to keep this post on hand for days when I want an extra dosage of motivation. You ROCK, EMZ!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me 🙂

Be sure to check out Emz’s blog!!

Vapour Organic Beauty Eyeliner Review: My Eyeliner Choice for my Wedding Day!

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Vapour Organic Beauty

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Vapour Beauty:

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Mesmerize Eyeliner with Blending Tool – in “Truffle”

Vapour Beauty’s Description:

“New Formula! Mesmerize Eyeliner glides on like a dream delivering a smooth precise line for a perfectly defined eye. You can also use the blending tool for a seductive, smoky eye. Finally, professional performance in an organic eyeliner.

Mesmerize Eyeliner contains soothing Chamomile Flower and is Gluten Free. This eyeliner is designed to moisturize and nourish the eye area without the harsh chemicals and skin-aging adhesives found in most eye cosmetics.

  • Glides on without skipping, dragging, or tugging the skin
  • Beautifully blendable
  • Contains none of the harsh adhesives in traditional eyeliners
  • Moisturizing to delicate eye area
  • Eye definition that’s good for your eyes
  • Gluten Free

Ingredients:

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Cera*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower ) Seed Oil, Chamimilia Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, [+/-:Iron Oxides (, CI 77499, CI 77491, & CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

* Certified Organic/Certifié Bio

Mesmerize Eyeliner Contains 70% Certified Organic ingredients.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have known about Vapour beauty for several months now, after experiencing one of their products in a Goodebox sample box. They are one of my favorite organic makeup brands–and as you can see, they are on my list of “Brands I Love.”

This line as a whole is USDA Organic and this specific product is 70% organic. Pretty impressive–I’m always eager to try a new Vapour product.

My main problem in the past with eyeliner has been:

-Irritates my eyes

-Doesn’t apply easily and evenly

-Sketchy ingredients

This eyeliner solves all of those problems, making me give this product high ratings. I even used this eyeliner on my wedding day! Vapour makes this color, “truffle” and they also make a black version. I like this brown color because it matches my natural hair color and accentuates my last lash line without being too dramatic looking.

One of the best things about this product is that for me, it doubles as an eyebrow liner. The smudge tool at the opposite end of the liner also helps with making the color blend into the brows. Something as simple as filling in your brows a little bit can accentuate your brow bones and eyes.

I recommend this to any gal on a search for a great, organic eyeliner. As usual, Vapour doesn’t disappoint with this product.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review

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The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Overall Rating: 4 Stars/ 5 Stars

In our house, filling our kitchen with organic food & products is something that we make a priority. This is also the case for how we feed our black labrador, Kona. Just like us humans, she will not reach her potential health-wise if she does not eat good food. We enjoy and feel good about feeding her well, and it shows! She is an energetic and beautiful almost 8-month old puppy.

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The Honest Company is one of the few brands of dog food that I have felt confident in feeding Kona. They appear to truly use great ingredients in their products. The Honest Kitchen provides this information regarding ingredients on their website:

“We taste every single ingredient that goes into our foods to make sure it’s just right

We’re proud of every ingredient we source for our natural pet food. We choose many ingredients from as close to home as possible, to help reduce our carbon paw print. We also choose ingredients from their native lands around the world and select vendors based on the quality of their ingredients, not cost.

All our dog and cat foods are 100% human-grade and are held to exactly the same quality standards as the food you feed to your human family.

  • We never buy GMO or genetically engineered produce.
  • Several of our ingredients are certified organic and we’re working to add more organic ingredients whenever we can.
  • We require certification to verify that every lot of raw ingredients we buy has been tested clear of salmonella, E-coli, listeria, lead, arsenic, mercury, melamine, yeast and mold & pesticide residues, before it’s even allowed inside our plant.”

Here are the products we tried with her:

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Embark Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Embarkâ„¢ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey and produce like celery, spinach and apples. It is a higher protein, higher fat natural human grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Embark is gluten-free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also perfect for dogs who do better without beef or fish.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 29.00%
  • Fat, 18.00%
  • Fiber, 9.60%
  • Moisture, 7.80%
  • 488 calories per cup.”

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Thrive Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Thriveâ„¢ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa and produce like sweet potatoes and spinach. Thrive is a natural dehydrated dog food that’s designed for dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing, as well as active adult dogs who need a performance dog food.

Thrive is a naturally low carbohydrate diet. It is well-suited to dogs who need a limited ingredient food since it contains no fruit and is also free of eggs, beef, fish, white potatoes, flax and alfalfa.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Chicken, organic quinoa, sweet potatoes, spinach, parsley, organic kelp, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 26.13%
  • Fat, 19.00%
  • Fiber, 6.30%
  • Moisture, 7.26%
  • 516 calories per cup.”

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Love Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Loveâ„¢ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya. Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Love is gluten free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs who need to avoid egg or poultry.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, honey, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 31%
  • Fat, 16%
  • Fiber, 7%
  • Moisture, 7.8%
  • 514 calories per cup.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Kona did not seem to differentiate in between the Embark, Thrive and Love dog food blends, as she gobbled up all of them. As dog owners, my husband and I can feel good about this because of the great ingredients.

All 3 of these blends come in powder form, as it is dehydrated form. To serve it to Kona, I sprinkle a half serving onto the dry food I feed her along with a few tablespoons (approximately) of water, which helps make The Honest Kitchen food more digestible for her. The Honest Kitchen provides more description of how they recommend you feed their food to your dog, as well.

I would rate these dog foods 4.5 stars–I admire their usage of some certified organic ingredients and their guarantee to never buy GMO ingredients. They are striving to include more and more organic ingredients and when that day comes, I won’t hesitate to give this food a flat-out 5 star rating. In comparison to other common store-bought dog foods, this product line is light years ahead–there is merely no comparison. I recommend this very much to pet owners who are looking for one of the best natural dog food lines available, as this is one of a few brands that is worth the money.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

4 Things That Your Dog Can Teach You

Patience

We leave for hours to run errands, go to work, etc. and our dogs have no choice but to be patient and wait for us to get home. They wait and wait and wait. They are professional patience practicers, making them a perfect reminder that we too should be diligent in being patient and not pushy.

Don’t Overeat

When I am in the kitchen grabbing a snack, I often look down at Kona, who always follows me in there, and think about how she only eats when we feed her, essentially. That is the ultimate disciplined diet, in which you only eat specific portions that are given to you, versus roaming freely all day. Silly as it sounds, I even feel a “guilt” that I am eating and she is eagerly looking on. Needless to say, I quickly ditch the guilt tied with that, but I do ponder that it could be helpful to adopt the same similar discipline that dogs portray.

Gratitude

You won’t see a dog more eager to eat her bowl of food than sweet Kona. She never fails to be excited and grateful for every last morsel of food. It’s so easy to slip into a pattern of taking little things for granted, like the food we eat.

Unconditional Love

It doesn’t seem to matter what each new day brings, your dog(s) are always happy to see you and are eager to show affection and love. This is perhaps the best lesson of all that I have learned from my dogs growing up and especially our dog Kona, who inspired me to write this.

Always having love in your heart and expressing it is so paramount, regardless of the times–regardless of any negative situation you’ve endured that day.

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