Relay For Life Fundraiser!

Some of you may know that I volunteer with Relay For Life for 19 years…that’s actually my longest standing relationship. ūüėČ

Relay 2014. 

When I started volunteering with Relay I didn’t have a personal connection with cancer, I just wanted to do something good, and put my energy towards raising money to find a cure. Sadly, over the years, I have had multiple co-workers, family members, friends, and friends of friends do battle with cancer. Now I want to make sure Sky never hears “You have cancer”.

It’s part of why I sit on the Institutional Review Board for MultiCare Health System. Raising money, organizing teams, and chairing the Relay event was no longer enough for me. I wanted to play a more active roll in the research side of things. Because…that’s where it’s at folks. Research is going to cure cancer, and I want to be part of that. I’m no Dr. or scientist though, so the best fit for me was to help review research protocols, and assure the safety of human test subject, and monitor the validity of the research.

It all takes money though. There has to be funding to make the research happen! The American Cancer Society, via thousands of Relay For Life events around the world, is a huge fundraising machine that feeds the research that is finding cures (HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer = ACS funded research!), better treatment options (better results with less side effects), and services that support those going through cancer and those caring for them.

I’m still part of a Relay For Life team…Team Schulte. Aaron was a young (20’s) man who was friends with our friends (Bob & Michelle). Sadly I never had the opportunity to meet Aaron because colon cancer took his life way, way too early. But, I know he was an amazing person because I have seen first had the impact he has made to those that knew him, and were lucky enough to call him friend.

Team Schulte participates in Relay in Aaron’s memory and I’m proud to be part of the team. April 30th we are holding a fundraising event with Stella & Dot¬†and¬†Jamberry Nails¬†(full disclosure I’m the consultant for Jamberry Nails).

A portion of every sale from both Stella & Dot (50%) and Jamberry Nails (10% from Jamberry directly and 40% of my commission) will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lakewood through Team Schulte.

If you are local to the Tacoma area let me know if you would like to attend, there will be wine and snacks! If not please consider supporting our efforts by shopping these links: Stella & Dot or Jamberry Nails

Now is the time to shop for yourself, for mothers day, think ahead to anniversary/birthday/Christmas gifts and get your shopping done early!

Here are a few of my favorite things from each line!

I love the¬†Silver Sutton¬†and was happy to earn it when I hosted a party last month! I wear it all the time and love all the different ways to style it. Check out the link to see how many different ways you can wear it! The majority of Stella & Dot pieces can be worn in multiple ways, it’s so versatile!

I also earned the Bianca Earrings and love how I can make them a simple little hoop if I want to. Makes them perfect for every day!

A few of my Jamanicures the last few months…if nails are not your thing they make great gifts for others, and there is Lacquer, hand care items (scrub, lotion etc), polish remover etc.

Country Club this one is my favorite by far. LOVE it! 
Sheets of wraps are $15 each and are buy 1 get 1 fee. If you would like more info or help shopping to support the fundraising let me know, I’m happy to help!¬†
Anyone else have fundraising efforts they participate in?

Post Vaca Running Fail

I’m not sure my legs appreciated my first run after vaca being a fast one.¬† Or maybe it had more to do with the fact I still feel motion sick from flying.¬† I don’t know, and I don’t know when the world will stop spinning, and I won’t have waves of dizziness and nausea wash over me, but I’m ready for that to be done!¬† It’s getting better day by day, but still having not fun moments of dizziness and sickness.¬†

Anyway, last nights group run was speedy as usual, and Michelle and I pushed the pace, and pushed up the hills, and I couldn’t finish.¬† I had to walk the last .3 because I was so dizzy and felt like I was going to vomit.¬† I probably could have finished, but I was over done, thirsty, tired, hungry and sick all at the same time.¬† Since I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone, and was already close to finishing last there wasn’t much point in pushing when I felt so cruddy.

 Pilates legs.

I had done my pilates leg workout that morning too, so maybe they were a bit tired.¬† It doesn’t really matter I guess…I just need to work at getting back to it.¬† Thankfully today’s stroller run felt a lot better than lasts nights group run.¬†

Is it possible to still be recovering from the heat/humidity as well?¬† I don’t know how long it takes to get back to normal, but I felt really overheated and dehydrated last night as well, which is pretty much how I felt the whole time in Houston.¬†
In random news and pics…

After today’s Pilates workout…our check-in was to post a selfie after we finished.
My current manicure!¬† I’m loving mixing up the Jamberry wraps and having fun, festive nails.¬† Gotta do it while I can because who knows what future job I may have that has a dress code against this kinda thing.¬†¬†
Yesterday was so nice that Sky ran around without a shirt all day long.  I love being able to hang out and eat outside in the sun, and that Bishop is ever vigilant in his lookout duties.  
Lastly I have a very exciting post planned for Friday!!!¬† It’s not very often I get to post about breaking news on the local music scene, but Friday I have exciting news to share about a pretty awesome local band!¬† Get ready to hear your summer soundtrack for the first time Friday!
What is your #1 favorite music group/performer?  
Aerosmith forever and always!
Do you listen to music while running?
Yes, but I’m cutting back so it feels like more of a boost on race day.
Anyone else have soundtracks for summer?   
I have specific CD’s that I only enjoy listening to during the summer.¬†

Race Expo Friday!

I’m the worst blogger ever!!!¬† Sky and I met Michelle at the race expo to pick up the Relay Team Packets and look around and I didn’t take a single picture.¬† Boo…blogger fail.¬†

I tell you it seems like being part of Kicking Asphalt is a curse of some sort.¬† First Alex had to drop out due to injury, then Elya broke her ankle and was replaced, and then just this week Josh ended up with an injury and can’t run.¬† Thankfully his son Dev is going to run in his place.¬†

It’s kinda strange that Michelle and I are the only two original team members left.¬† I’m knocking on every piece of wood I can find, and considering renting bubbles for us to live in until 6am Sunday morning!¬†

I’m super thankful it’s all worked out though and it’s been pretty easy to find replacements as needed.¬† Everyone is ready to run Sunday morning, and I’m so excited to run my first relay! ¬†

I totally missed the Thankful Thursday post yesterday because Sky and I had a play date at Elya’s house!¬†

When it’s this nice in the PNW anytime before July 4th (that seems to be the magical date that we start having amazing summer weather) you drop everything and get your booty outside and enjoy it!

Sky was upset to be in timeout so like a good friend Selah sat there with her and kept her company. 
After that we had an impromptu bbq with a few friends…again I failed as a blogger…I was too busy enjoying the sun, wine, and company and this is the only pic I got! ¬†
 Rain boots and swimsuit totally normal no?

Sky and Mark were playing a mean game of basket ball and Sky got a ball right to her face.  She was more angry than hurt I think.
In life news I wanted to point out there is a new little box over on the right side of the blog for Jamberry Nails.¬† I’ve been using the wraps for a little over a month, and LOVE them!¬†

How cold I not love them…they have a runner girl wrap!

It just so happened that finding out about this company coincided with a little nudge I was feeling to figure out a way to try and earn some spending $$/contribute to the household income in some way.¬† After 3 years I’m a little antsy to work on/at something that is mine alone.¬† Since we don’t want to put Sky in daycare, and I really don’t love the idea of going back to a 9-5 office job I was a little stumped as to what my options were.¬† As a result I made the jump and became an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails!
This may just end up being a way for me to purchase a product I love at a great discount, or if I put the effort in and really work for it (which I am…I have a time frame in mind as to how long I’m going to give this my best effort and will reevaluate at that time) it may turn into a legit income.¬†¬†
What does it mean for the blog, not much of a change really.¬† I have zero desire to push Jamberry on readers, friends, family.¬† The only reason I’m mentioning it is because this blog is about my life, and Jamberry is now part of my life.¬† So, I’m sure there are going to be pics or posts that mention my nails/Jamberry etc.¬† It’s really more a point of reference for readers.¬†¬†
If you want to see what they are about great, the link to my site is in the box to the right.¬† If not, that’s fine as well. ¬†
Who’s racing this weekend?¬† Let us know what finish line you’re chasing!¬†