I tasted the rainbow! {The Color Run recap}

No seriously I did taste the rainbow and it was all up in my teeth afterward.

Last Saturday The Color Run returned to Baltimore and for the second time in a row Miss Betty and I were honored to be Ambassadors, along with my BRF, Sara. There were two separate events that day and we were signed up for the one at 9 am. I just  love the smell of glitter bright and early in the morning.

So yeah . This year The Color Run is presenting the Shine tour and what could be shinier or more sparkly than glitter? Or some gold bling at the end? I was pretty excited that they would be handing out medals this time! Along with the standard white logo tee and rainbow sweatbands, we were also provided with some fun glitter tattoos and at the end of the race there would be a packet of glitter handed to us along with the customary color packet for the big color throw where everyone gets super messy.

Betty and me, equipped with our jogger that still contains remnants from last year’s Color Run, arrived just as they were starting to let people in. We picked up my bib and gear, purchased a stuffed unicorn for our sweet little I Run 4 buddy and met up with Sara just in time to catch the beginnings of the Zumba-style warm up.

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Despite some audio difficulties, it was still a lot of fun. If there’s one thing that the friendly folks at The Color Run know how to do, it’s get people moving!

Right around 9 o’clock, we started making our way to the start and I noticed way too late that we should have probably gotten in line much sooner (sorry again, Sara) We were packed in like sardines. At least we had gorgeous blue skies and sunshine!

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Luckily Betty isn’t afraid of crowds. In fact, she was so NOT afraid that she ended up falling asleep in the stroller while we waited. I have no idea how considering that there was loud dance music blaring right next to us, but naps are so few and far between now that I’m not about to argue them regardless of where they occur.

Eventually it was our turn. I fired up my Garmin and we we went…

…absolutely NO WHERE.

So I know that The Color Run isn’t timed or anything. They were making a point to announce that fact at the start. But some people out there do want to run. This was made pretty near impossible during the first mile with people walking in huge packs and stopping dead in their tracks right in front of us.

I’m fairly certain that I wasn’t making any friends running with the stroller.

The course was much the same as last time with a few small changes, one of which was that the purple color station replaced with people that were dousing us in gallons of glitter. I have never seen so much glitter in my life. It was everywhere including in my sinuses. I sneezed and B snored her way through it.

In fact, she snored her way through pretty much the whole thing. Despite missing out on everything she was cheerful as we rushed toward the finish line. Start to finish it took us right around 27 minutes flat which was not bad at all considering that we spent a mile practically walking. We collected our shiny gold medal, cleaned up a bit, and headed over to the stage for the after party.

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I promise that she was much more enthused than she appears in that photo.

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See all that color? That’s what blowing my nose looked like for the rest of the weekend. We met up with Sara to the side of the stage at 10:15 because as Ambassadors we would be invited up on stage to assist in one of the color throws. This was definitely one of the highlights of my experience. I’m sure it was a highlight of Betty’s too. I got some an adorable short video of her dancing around on the stage. The ham doesn’t fall far from the tree, I guess.

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They announced our names and allowed Betty to do the countdown. Then I tried to get another photo, but I was so freaked out by the giant mushroom cloud of color coming straight for us that I temporarily forgot how to use my camera.

After the dust settled—into my sinuses, eyeballs, and all over my skin—it was time to pack up and head out. Milkshakes at Shake Shack were just what we needed to wash down all the cornstarch.

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One again The Color Run delivered with adorable photos. I think these might be some of my favorite race pics ever.

A huge thanks to them for welcoming us back to the Ambassador team! It was a blast! Apparently the next time The Color Run returns to Baltimore it will be for a night race. That might have to be a mommy’s night out event. 🙂

Have you done the Shine Tour? What did you think? Anyone else take any AWESOME race pictures lately?

Happy Thursday, all!

xo,

Salt

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Wine + cheese + bunnies + eggs + unicorns = An epic holiday weekend!

Good morning! I’m still in a total dessert coma from yesterday, so this post is going to be a lot of photos from the weekend. That way I won’t have to use my brain too much. Besides it was a wonderful weekend and I took about a billion pictures. (Don’t worry…I won’t post all of them.)

Friday I had off work and decided that I was going to do something that I really haven’t ever done. Betty still went to school and I took the whole day (until 5pm anyway) to do whatever I wanted.

“Whatever I wanted” =  shopping, breakfast, mani/pedis, and winery hopping with my mom. Normally my idea of heaven involves a warm, sunny beach somewhere, but this was pretty darn close.

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Just hook me up an IV line and I'll be good to go.

Just hook me up an IV line and I’ll be good to go.

I knew that Maryland had wineries, but I had no idea there were so MANY! Like we literally have our own little wine trail over here! We visited three different ones – Boordy, DeJon, and Basignani – but only tasted at 2 because DeJon was sketchy and no one was home.

Speaking of sketchy:

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That guy. He’s at Basignani where we did a wine and cheese pairing. It was AMAZING. That Marisa Dolce with the fig goat cheese was one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life.

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I’m hungry again.

Then it was time to switch gears from wine hopping to bunny hopping. Saturday morning I woke up earlier than ever before to put in my 18 miler (an experience that will get its own post tomorrow). Then it was time to go meet up with one of my famous friends.

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I don’t usually like to be a name dropper, but yeah…I know the Easter Bunny. No really, I do. This event was put on by my work and I know the guy in the suit. And as you can see, Betty had no fear and was her usual hammy self for pictures.

We did an egg hunt there and then later on in the afternoon went to her school for another one. At this point, she has basically become a professional Easter egg hunter. I don’t have to help her at all, which is good because “I DO IT, MOMMY!!!”

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On Sunday, the Easter Bunny came. She must have made a really good impression on him because he brought her a scooter and the most epic helmet of all time.

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She wanted to wear it for her nap. We all know how dangerous those can be.

Then it was time for MORE EASTER EGG HUNTING.

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Needless to say I had some explaining to do this morning as to why we wouldn’t be looking for Easter eggs again today and why the Bunny had to go back to Easter Town until next year. I’m a little sad to see him go. We had so much fun this weekend.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend too and a great Easter if that’s something you celebrate! Happy Easter Monday to my Canadian friends and Happy Boston Marathon Day, everyone!

What did you do this weekend? Did you hunt for eggs? Will you be watching the marathon today? (I WILL!)

xo,

Salt

 

 

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I mean. Bloggers.

Here’s something that made me feel all sorts of happy feelings yesterday. I went over to visit my girl Lindsay at Lindsay Weighs In and found that she had tagged me for this cute blog award. The jean pocket in the picture made me feel that this post title was appropriate. I’ve never seen that movie, but I do have a general idea of what it is about and I hope they wash those pants frequently if they are going to keep passing them around.

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Thanks, Lindsay!! I used to love doing these when I wrote my old blog! There are rules. Here they are:

1. Post the logo on your blog. Check.
2. Thanks the person who nominated you. Check.
3. Answer the questions.
4. Choose 10 or so other ladies who blog as your nominees.
5. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.

Bring on the questions!

Favorite Color

In the words of the great Gogol Bordello…”Start wearing PURPLE wearing PURPLE!” It might have just a little bit to do with the fact that I’m a HUGE Baltimore Ravens fan, but purple has been my most favorite for years. It might have been pretty obvious when I did that Favorite Things post. Purple shoes. Purple Garmin. Lots of my running gear is purple. Come to think of it, most of my wardrobe is purple.

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Naturally I took off work for the Super Bowl parade last February!

Favorite Animal

No-brainer. One need look no further than Betty’s first Halloween costume:

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My daughter was the most spectacular and magical baby unicorn of 2012. Runners up would be giraffes and cats. I like cats enough that I have one tattooed on the inside of my wrist.

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Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink

Another no-brainer.

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Specifically a venti skinny cinnamon dolce latte. I should just give Starbucks my bank account information. Or get one of their rewards cards. I would probably have earned so many free cups of coffee by now if I had one of those. Okay I’m literally applying for one right after I finish this post.

Facebook or Twitter?

Can I say neither?

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I think Instagram is pretty much the best invention ever. I’ve been participating in Fat Mum Slim‘s Photo-a-Day since October of 2012. I love how it allows me a little extra creativity every day even if it’s only for a second.

Favorite Pattern

These dresses.

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That bowtie dress might be my favorite ever and I really love polka dots. I have a thing with circles in general. I think they are very aesthetically pleasing and they show up a lot in my design work.

Least favorite pattern is anything involving mustaches. That needs to cease immediately.

What is Your Passion?

I think this blog pretty much sums it all up. First and foremost I am very passionate about my role as a mom. We definitely have our off days (what parent and child doesn’t?), but there is nothing that gives me more joy in my life than watching my daughter grow and learn new things and it is my goal to make sure she smiles and has fun every day. When I became a mom I was also very passionate about holding on to my identity and my other interests have allowed me to do that. I’ve been very passionate about my yoga practice for the past 6 years. I’m passionate about design and love to make things look beautiful. Running is an even more recent passion and it quickly became one of the strongest. I view my runs as kind of like relationships…I feel like I’ve learned a little something about myself on every single one of them. Even the crappy ones.

Basically, life is good. 🙂

Now I’m supposed to choose 10 other ladies. Just ladies? Whatever…I think I’m going to go rogue and pick a couple guys also. I just hope they can fit into the traveling pants.

First and foremost, my Sole Sister BFF, Helly @ Helly on the Run!

Kelly @ Turned Up To ELEVEN!

Michael @ Running Around the Bend

Julia @ Here’s What’s Cooking…

Amber @ PB & PRs

Kristen @ Run Away With Me  (Lindsay already tagged her too, which means she extra has to do it.)

Kristine @ Pink Cupcake Runs

Sharsti @ Sugar Plum Runner

Anita @ Dunwaetin

Scott @ Piratebobcat

Elle @ A Fast Paced Life

CONSIDER YOURSELF NOTIFIED! 🙂

Thanks again, Lindsay, for including me! It’s been a little while since I thought about what I’m really passionate about so writing this all out was kind of eye-opening!

I hope everyone is having an EPIC TUESDAY!

~ Salt

PS. If you haven’t already entered my Bondi Band giveaway (and you want to), you can go to this post right HERE!