Tulips on Tulips on Tulips!

If you haven’t figured it out already, this post will be filled with tulip talk. Lots of tulips!

Oh ya and….Happy Tax Day and Happy Birthday to my Step Dad! Another year older…and still loving Tye Dye!

On Sunday, the family and I drove up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We left at 8am (which sucked a little after a long Saturday night, ugh!) just to beat the traffic! The weather was supposed to be in the high 60s with clear skies and we definitely took advantage of it.

Lots o’ pictures ahead…

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Pretending to be camouflaged 

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Forgetting sunglasses= Fail

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But first, let’s take a selfie!

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Dare to be different.

My step dad and I were a bit tulip’d out by 12ish and dragged mom out of there….just to hit the nearby Skagit River Brewery. Sorry no pictures of this place, wasn’t worth it sadly. Hated the IPA that I chose. Boo.

Once lunch was finished, we headed home and our jaws dropped when we saw the amount of traffic going to the tulip festival. People, leave early….the back up must have been 5 miles long. Good luck….

When we arrived home, we were off to the next activity….taking Kasa on a walk at Soaring Eagle. I couldn’t believe how nice it was out.

It was a quickie walk through the trails before heading back to relax for the rest of the evening.

Sunday was a long day. I was pooped by 7pm.

Have you been to a tulip festival?

Whats your favorite flower?

XO, Tara

Currently- Take three

I am currently loving….

Current Movie: Divergent…I haven’t seen it yet, but it is on my to-do list.

Current “favorite” location: Black Raven…

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Current Protein: Lately, Pure Protein Whey Protein has been my  favorite. Add a banana or peanut butter= yum yum!

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 Current Song: “Find You” by Zedd

 

Current Bliss: Blooming flowers

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Current Annoyance: My damn hip flexor. I tried running again today and it flaired up again. I made it 4.6 miles…I felt that I shouldn’t push it any further.

Current Excitement: The sunshine and warmer temperatures. Hello sunny 60-70 degree days to come. :D

What are you loving lately?

Is the weather getting better in your area?

Happy Friday!!

XO, Tara

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One Word Wednesday- Nature-filled

What’s happening ya’ll? Besides the sun shining and the mild temps. A girl could get used to this!

It’s time for another One Word Wednesday. You get to see what I’ve been up to or lovin’ lately.

Lindsay at Lindsay’s List, hosts One Word Wednesday. The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. Sounds fun right? Heck yes! Sometimes finding one word to describe a picture is hard; you are allowed to do the #hashtag style.

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Blooming

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Education

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Truth

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#Iamsodamncute

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#Crazytreeaction

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Speedy

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#Naturesbeauty

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Delights

There’s my latest and greatest photo op’s.

I’m loving the spring time. Watching the flowers bloom and the temperatures get better is amazing. But, I tend to get my hopes up when the weather gets nice.

Have a delightful Wednesday.

XO, Tara

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Couch Hopping At It’s Finest.

Here I am yet again complaining about my damn hip flexor. I thought I was okay until I decided to hit the pavement yesterday afternoon. I managed to get through five miles then went on a hour long hike through the trails with my mom and Kasa. Let’s just say, I was limping through the woods. Serves me right.

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I’ll be the first one to admit that I am TERRIBLE about resting and not running especially when mother nature is begging me to come out and join in on the fun. I felt that it was necessary to get some fresh air after literally sitting on the couch ALL DAY on Saturday watching Games of Thrones Watchathon. I know you were right there with me.

I’d say that I managed to get through at least 5 episodes from the first season (step-dad has some catching up to do) and 4 episodes of the third season on Saturday morning/afternoon. To break up the day, I went to Costco to get food for din-din. Dinner was served on the couch while watching The Wolf on Wall Street.

Wolf-of-Wallstreet-585x370Overall, it was a good movie. Lots of sex, nudity, swearing, drugs, money and well….what else could you ask for? LOL. Kidding. Basically, be prepared if you are watching it with your family. Also, it is 3 hours long. I recommend having multiple glasses of wine or beer with the movie.

Let’s get back to the wonderful walk through the woods. Kasa loves the Soaring Eagle trails. She is able to be off leash (note: illegally) and run up and down the trails.

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Kasa in action.

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She found herself a bench. Declared it Kasa’s bench.

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Pretty flowers.

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Nature just holds onto water droplets.

When the weather gets nicer people decide that it okay to venture outdoors. People shouldn’t be afraid of a little rain or colder weather. But now that it is Spring, we’ll embrace it even more! Loving the PNW as always.

So it is supposed to be 70 degrees today. I am tempted to run. So tempted…but maybe I should just do the elliptical or yoga or both? I’m in a pickle…We’ll see how the hip flexor is doing by this afternoon.

How was your weekend?

Any races or upcoming races?

XO, Tara

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Give This High Intensity Workout A Shot

Does anyone else feel like the first week of April FLEW by? I feel like Tuesday was yesterday. Although, I am not complaining that it is Friday. Eight hours until the weekend.

Last night, I decided to test my legs/hip flexor out on treadmill. Yes, I know it is a risk…..but I wanted to see if it was still bugging me or not.

This happened….

 HIIT Treadmill Workout

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I managed to get through a quick HIIT workout pain free until the last minute or so. I figured that would be a good time to quit and call it a day. I love HIIT workouts, because the time flies on by and they help with improving your overall pace. Who doesn’t want to get faster? I do.

Not familiar with HIIT? HIIT stands for “High Intensity Interval Training.” Basically, getting er’ done quick and getting super sweaty!!

If you like treadmill workouts then you may also like the 45 Minute Tabata Treadmill Workout. It will get your heart rate up immediately.

I finished my workout with the good ol’ Lower Ab Workout.

I left the gym feeling sweaty and accomplished.

Do YOU like HIIT workouts?

What is your favorite type?

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Have a great weekend!

Tara

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I Made The Cut! #FitFluential

On this fabulous Thursday, I am happy to announce that I am a new member of FitFluential.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz about how awesome the FitFluential community is. I wouldn’t even be able to count the number of bloggers I follow who are apart of this community. I am grateful to be chosen. That being said, FitFluential has a challenge for the month of April that needs to be shared.

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FitFluential and Puma have teamed up and put together an April challenge that will target your abdominal muscles. Want to join in on the fun? Sure you do, just use the FFAprilAbs hastag #FFAprilAbs on Twitter and Instagram. on Twitter and Instagram.  Post every day and you’ll have  thirty chances to win PUMA Soundchuck Portable Speakers. Which of course, we all want.

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I love planks, so I am pretty excited for this challenge. Who is ready to strengthen and tone their abs?

If you want to know more information about the #FFAprilAbs Challenge..click here to find out more!

Since I am two days behind with this challenge, I need to get to it immediately.  I need to make up for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Burn baby burn.

Will you join me and participate in this challenge?

Do you plank? 

Wahoo, off to work!

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Learning To Take It Easy

It’s the beginning of race season and I have already hurt myself. After the Mercer Island half marathon two weekends ago, my right hip flexor has been tight and quite uncomfortable. I experienced a similar feeling after the Seattle Half Marathon last year. I’ve managed to stay away from running since the race because of the pain, but today the sun was shining and it was like 65 degrees and that pulled me to hit the pavement. Well, that wasn’t the best idea. I am now hobbling around like an idiot that should know better. I thought I gave it enough time, but boy was I wrong.

I managed to run just shy of five miles in the glorious sunshine. It is so nice to feel the warmth and have sweat dripping from your forehead. I’ll spare you the pictures of the sweat. I always think that the sweatier I get shows how hardcore I am. ;)

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I love messing around with Pic Monkey.

I hate to say that I need to lay off the running until I am fully healed. Wait, what? No running…you must be cray cray!

Yes, I may be cray cray…..but, I don’t want to hurt myself anymore in preparation for marathon training and/or improving my overall pace. Can you relate?

Have you pulled your hip flexor? If so, how did you treat it?

Is it hard for you to stop running when you’re hurt?

Any tips/thoughts are welcome! Help me please!!

Take care and be well,

Tara