Virtual Race: Bad Hair Day 5k


Race Title: Bad Hair Day 5k
Distance: 5k
Company: Virtual Pace Series
Charity: Wigs For Kids

I saw the Virtual Pace Series Bad Hair Day 5k medal and just knew i had to go for it! When I first got into the virtual races I signed up for a TON based on the medals. It ended up with a crazy back log of races I had to complete in June and not wanting to really double dip too much (All my 5ks I try to do with extra walks around the neighbor hood so they count to my Make Yes Happen too but that’s it) I decided to bike this 5k since it was allowed – which I was able to do in about 30 minutes.  Plus, they sent the medal before the designated race start time so it was sitting in its envelope just begging for me to look at it! (I am trying to not open the medals that come early until the mileage is completed as extra incentive)

Love With Food Box: May


Love Is Empathy

Empathy is about understanding what others feel and go through, and understanding the struggle of people with Celiac disease and other food allergies is more important than ever these days. To mark Celiac Awareness Month we encourage you all to support your loved ones affected by Celiac disease. Why not give them the gift of a Love With Food gluten-free box!



What’s in the snack box?

  • SkinnyPop Dusted Dark Chocolate Popcorn – I wasn’t sure about this combo but it was really good!
  • Smarty Pants Women’s Complete Gummy Vitamins – Ive had these in a box before and they were still really good, you forget it’s a vitamin!
  • Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans – Gave these to my brother and he liked them
  • Smooze Pink Guava + Coconut Fruit Ice – Totally forgot I tossed this in the freezer!
  • Kutoa Peanut Butter & Jelly Bar – Mom tried this and liked it
  • Biena Foods Chickpea Snacks – Mom tried this as well and liked it
  • Emily’s Chocolate Northwest Trail Mix – This one was also snagged by Mom and approved
  • Sheila G’s Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle – Had this before in a box and really enjoy it
  • Glee Gum Pops – haven’t tried the pop yet

Jason Mraz and his Guitar 6/21/16

Tuesday night Jason Mraz came to The Warehouse in Fairfield, CT as part of “An Evening with Jason Mraz and his guitar” tour where he tried out some new music and some old for music charities.  This was only Jason’s 4th show in Connecticut and The Warehouse is a very small venue that ended up having a wait list of 1300 people who wanted tickets!

The show was a lot of funny, Jason is great at telling stories and some of his songs were nothing short of hilarious. He talked about how when he used to play coffee shops he would add in scats of  “love love love” at the end of his songs or in the middle to try and make them longer and he started putting love in more of his songs and then he’d get requests for the “song with love it in” and all his songs have love in them!

Since he is recently married he sang a song that was a tip for everyone – called Chocolate.  I think this was my favorite song of the night. Definitely a great tip within that song (and I think it was also the song that included “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye” and you can’t love anything much more than that)

It was really cool for me to go from seeing him 2nd row at the amphitheater here to front row at such a tiny theater!

Jason Mraz Setlist The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA 2016, An Evening with Jason Mraz and his Guitar

Book Review: Bat Dad

batdadInternet sensation Bat Dad is now in book form, with a collections of photos of himself as Bat Dad and his children doing some… interesting things. The book is made up of photos and laugh out loud captions. If you’re already familiar with Bat Dad I think you’ll enjoy the book.  I don’t really follow him online but know of him and found the book to be a fun, quick read!

I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Life as an every day superhero when your batmobile is a minivan. The villains you face are your crazy kids. And your batcave is always covered in piles of dirty laundry.

Book Review: Who Pooped In Central Park

whopoopedWho Pooped in Central Park is about 4 kids who go looking around Central Park learning about all the animals who live (and poop) there.  Based on the title I wasn’t sure what to expect, but who wouldn’t love to read about poop?

This is an interesting way to get kids interested in reading, but hey, if it works, it works, right? They will learn a lot about the various animals and their “scat” (aka poop).  There are a guide to the tracks for some of the animals and even a list for what other “Who Pooped” books there are in the series!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Join four intrepid kids as they discover the surprising variety of wildlife that lives in New York City’s premier park. The animals themselves are sometimes hard to find, but their poop is everywhere! Follow Tony, Lily, Emma, and Jackson as they explore Central Park, investigating poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and learning the habits and diets of squirrels, chipmunks, muskrats, birds, raccoon, bats, and more!

Virtual Race: Mad Dash


Race Title: The Mad Dash
Distance: 26.2 miles
Company: Make Yes Happen
Charity: Ryan Seacrest Foundation

This ended up being the first race I actually completed and the first medal I received.  The Mad Dash was a limited race through Make Yes Happen so it is no longer available.  Their partner races usually support a charity and have limited enrollment – which is part of the reason I am a bit behind on their races and have had to have them delay some start times for me because I buy them to make sure I get in, but don’t want to be doing too many races all at once and triple or quadruple dipping. (I draw the line at double!)  It is possible to do all the races w/ manual miles though and if you do say a 3 mile walk and have 3 races, say you did a 1 mile walk and 1 mile will be added to all 3 races and be equal to the 3 you walked.  I can’t do more than 1 mile in one go though so that’s something that I can strive for later.

This race went through the streets of New York but had no mile markers along the way.  Although the medal is the mad hatters hat, this is not a part of the Alice’s Adventures series.  It took me from April 14 – May 9 to complete this – I first started using only additional walks tracking through Run Keeper but about halfway through grew impatient and tracked it by my Jawbone Up instead.

Virtual Race: The Road To Hana


Race Title: The Road To Hana
Distance: 59.5miles
Company: Make Yes Happen

This was the first virtual race I signed up for. It took me from April 4th through May 31 to finish.  I did what some refer to as “double dipping” and did this longer race while I was doing shorter ones as well. I am trying to stop doing this, but Make Yes Happen has so many great ones going on, some much longer than others that it’s kind of hard to stop myself.  Plus, since I counted every step I took via my Jawbone Up – some of my extra walks for other 5ks were included in this as well.  But the great thing about virtual races is you can do it however you like and while some may not want to double dip – as far as I am concerned anything to get my motivated to walk more and get my legs stronger is a good thing.

Along the way there are mile markers that show you some of the things you may see if you were actually on the Road to Hana.  Just a note – these don’t always match up exactly to the mileage you may be at – but are separated every I believe it was 6 miles.  For instance – one mentioned being the halfway point when I wasn’t yet halfway, but they are trying to have the mile markers at set distances to give you something to strive for rather than be completely accurate – which is fine with me – it was just the extra motivation I needed on some days to go a little bit further!

Music Monday: Ticketmaster Settlement Vouchers

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Over the weekend Ticketmaster made good on the class action suit brought against them and many found vouchers in their account for pairs free general admission tickets and discounts on future ticket purchases.

To find out if your account has been credited, log in and go to your account and scroll to the “Active Vouchers” section. If you are on a mobile device, this link should work:

It seems that the cap is 17 vouchers – that’s how many I ended up with and I haven’t seen anyone else with more than that.

It seems that the site has been having trouble loading vouchers since the announcement has been spread around social media telling everyone to check so if you can’t see how many you have yet, hang tight. The vouchers expire in 2020 and should be available for use at LiveNation venues. I am looking forward to seeing what shows end up available and have my fingers crossed that Hanson will end up in the list!

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