Category: lifestyle

How to Run a Night Color Run

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There is nothing better than running 3 miles and letting people throw paint at you in the  middle of the night, and to pay to do it!! Last week I did the Color Run Night Run and enjoyed race day as much as I always do. Race day is the best day! Earlier this year we had  about 10 people in our team ” Shenanigans” ready and roaring to race through the throngs of corn starch, but we were sidelined by a severe thunderstorm to run another night. Fast forward to labor day weekend and we were down to three runners.

 

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How most of our pictures came out, but you get the jist.

It’s very important how you prepare for a color run! Intense training, I think I ran about 3 miles total the weeks leading up to it. Good hydration, we had light chocolate martinis before we started. Lots and lots of color, I wore hot pink yoga pants, orange socks and hot pink lip stick. Proper Gear, a head lamp, a tiara and massive quantities of glow necklaces. Then you are ready to run!

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Just to show you that it was, indeed, dark.

Your form during the run is also very important. My mom decided she wanted to do races and this is her second 5k, she took to randomly sprinting away from us then walking and not telling us she was walking so we lost her in the dark, she would also burrow her head in her hands and yell at the young volunteers “Don’t you dare throw paint at me,” because who would do such a thing at a color run. Now that is one option for  your running form, I think we would call that intervals. The second one is a little more free form. I’m not sure what started this, but my friend running with us said I think you should start skipping so I did, now apparently I skip incorrectly and a gaggle of pre-teen girls were behind me and decided to show me how to skip for a quarter of a mile, a little later we galloped, I don’t know where these girls were hiding in the dark, but as soon as I galloped they were right behind me galloping. The only logical thing to do was to leap and pirouette and scream “Woo” and there they were leaping and galloping and yelling “Woo”!!! It made my day, its the closest I will ever be to a role model.

We came to the last color station and some how mother was basically unscathed by any paint, so we grabbed her arms and screamed “Get her” they were delighted to help and she was covered in pink. At the lit up finish line we were handed bags of paint/powder, what are we supposed to do with these now that we are covered in paint and finished running? Dad and Husband were waiting at the finish line after cheering us on, throw it at them I guess! Now we were all covered in some sort of paint, but someone gave husband one of those color bombs and I am still getting paint out my ear.

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Being greeted by husbands color bomb.

 

I am pretty sure it is still in my ear, but it frames my stars nicely.
I am pretty sure it is still in my ear, but it frames my stars nicely.

All in all, I call it a good day and a great way to show off how great you are at prancing around in the dark!

I would love to hear how you get ready for Color Runs! Thanks for reading, let me know what you think!

 

Budget Shumdget

I’ve been trying to come to terms with the word “BUDGET” for years. Husband is all about “BUDGET” “were those shoes on the budget? Was that trip to target on the budget…blah… blah… blah BUDGET?!”

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As you can tell by my fabulous attitude, I have not come to terms with a real BUDGET, and I know that I should, I have student loans, credit cards, rent and trying to save money and that all gets done and paid when you stick to budget. I’m working on it and maybe I will figure it out one day, but instead I have found ways to justify what I spend and some ways to save, and even get some money back, so I don’t feel bad about it.

… and how much I saved…

I am in no ways a financial adviser or someone you should look to on how to stick to a budget, but I do fancy myself a master at saving money on things I want to buy so that I can reason that I must get it, and these are some of my resources!

  • Ebates
    This is great for online shopping!! Most stores you go to are on the site and they give you anywhere from 10% to 2% cash back on what you buy, they even have promo codes and coupons for a lot of the stores. Their customer service is usually pretty great too, if for some reason your cash doesn’t show up just email them and they will fix it. You also get cash for referring people so her you go friends Try Ebates!
It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up! Plus the dress was on sale and I had free shipping, I’ll take it!
  • E-Rewards
    This is a little more work, but it’s not too bad. You take surveys and get points for each survey then you turn your points in for rewards, I usually turn mine in for American Eagle, iTunes or Starbucks gift card, but they have a ton of gift cards even frequent flyer miles. Sometimes you get half way through a survey and they say you don’t qualify so you get twenty-five cents which is annoying, but like I said its a little more work.  Yay Surveys
  • Ibotta
    So far this one is my least favorite because it is too much work, but cash back on things you need to buy is better than nothing. Its more for groceries, sometimes beauty and wellness things. Using the app you look through the store you went to and what rebates are available, then you have to take a poll or watch a short video to open them, then you scan the product, then once you have done that for all your rebates you take a picture of your receipt.It’s pretty confusing the first time you use it, like I said it’s not my favorite, but sometimes cash back is cash back!
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This one is taking me a little while to build up, but $4 is better than no dollars!
This one is taking me a little while to build up, but $4 is better than no dollars!

I do get a some perks if you use my links for Ebates and Ibotta, I’m not sure if there is a referral program for e-rewards, but if you do sign up share with your friends and you will get some of the perks too!

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Its basically empty inside, but I saved an extra 20% on it!

Coupons and Discount Codes

If you are shopping online the place to go to before you check out isRetail Me Not I feel that most people know about this but I wanted to share anyways, they have tons of promo codes usually.

Cartwheel from Target, is wonderful if you shop at Target download the app. Sometimes the savings are 5% and its like thirty cents off your bill, but sometimes they have 20% of clearance shoes and clothes, and that is very exciting to me!!! You can look through the offers or when you are about to go in the check out line just scan what ever you got and it will let you know if there is a coupon.

Saving money and getting cash back make me feel a little better about what I am buying, but I probably should start listening to all this budget talk.
Feel free to share your ideas!

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