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What I'm Into Wednesday - IT FEELS LIKE FALL FINALLY!

The title of this week's installment has absolutely nothing to do with the contents of the blog, but I'm so incredibly excited about the cool weather that I just couldn't help myself.

After a ridiculously hot stretch, to have days where it's 3PM and still grey and in the 60s is heavenly. 

This weekend was a great mix of work and play and, with the exception of weirdly throwing my back outta whack, it has led into feeling very refreshed and stoked entering this week. So after a night sleeping on our incredibly firm newly upholstered couch (which felt ah-maz-ing on my back) I'm rolling into November ready!

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One of the "play" aspects of the weekend was hanging out with Angelo's family to celebrate his sister, Domenica's, birthday. In addition to gifting her some fun presents, we couldn't help ourselves and had to include a gift for the baby girl that they are expecting in March. Angelo found the most ridiculously adorable baby Converse socks. They are meant to look like converse high top sneakers and I can't get over how perfect they are. If you've ever looked at baby shoes in general, you know that every major rad brand does a baby version, but teeny tiny socks for newborns took the cake.

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Prior to our weekend of family and friend fun, we needed to get our house and our dog ready for visitors. That often includes a bath for Mr. Arlo. I give us a little credit for the bathtime routine going so smoothly. We started bathing Arlo in the shower with one of us when he was super small and now that he's a giant, he's very comfortable climbing himself into the shower and standing still while we get him all bathed. His new puppy shampoo smells so good! Dead sea minerals, hydrating oils. There's nothing like freshly bathed puppy smell!

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Podcasts are pretty much life these days. One of my frequent favs, who I haven't been listening to as much lately, made a comeback this week. Tim Ferriss interviewed Arianna Huffington...and I'm almost speechless. I, like most 30 somethings, get some of my news from HuffPost, but I knew nothing about Arianna Huffington. She's fucking fascinating. And my new idol. Smart, hilariously funny, down to earth, and seriously inspirational. Do yourself a favor (esp if you're a woman and/or entrepreneur) and listen to this episode. 

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Our weekend capped off with an Italian feast on Sunday evening. What started as a simple convo about a specific Italian dish we had never heard of spawned an entire night of eating. And it was fantastic. From an epic cheeseboard to homemade bread to pasta to bracciole (that's the new dish) to tiramisu and cannoli...it was unbelievable. And, of course, no good Italian night is complete without some really great people. Family and friends together (and a few doggos) made for the perfect fall evening. I'm still full. 

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Pulling specifically from the Italian feast, taste goes out to one particular Italian cookie: The Rainbow cookie. You know the one. Green, red, and yellow layers of cookie with jam between them covered in chocolate. They are made with an almond paste and represent the colors of the Italian flag. You can find them at most Italian markets/delis, but these specific ones were purchased at Filippi's in Little Italy. They're one of my all time favs. I'm still eating them days later.  

What I'm Into Wednesday - Eclipse Week

As I write this it's Monday the 21st of August. In fact, we're just an hour or so shy of the solar eclipse. But guess what? I'm totally unprepared and don't have eclipse glasses. So I'll be shielding my fragile retinas while all you smart people stare at the sun.

Despite the solar eclipse being the center of most attention for the past week or so, this week's edition of the blog has nothing to do with sun!

Enjoy! 

LP

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I've been on a reading kick (yay!). I love reading, but fall off the train occasionally and it takes me far too long to pick up a book and start again. Last week I finished The Lost City of the Monkey God (a nonfiction book about an archaeological hunt in Honduras) and started a new novel, The House of the Spirits. It's long, and haunting, and quite frankly tough to read. But I'm enjoying it. I found that I needed something non fiction to intersperse with this novel, something to distract my mind so I picked up The 4 Hour Chef. I haven't read Tim Ferriss in quite some time and never read this book. I'm fascinated - in part because I know nothing about cooking and in part because the examples, stories, short cuts, etc are exactly what I love about his body of work. 

 

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Podcast time!  I've talked about How I Built This from NPR on this blog before, but I want to highlight a specific episode this week. I've been feeling a little stressed/lost/unsure of my path for the past few days (nothing in specific, more of a general unease and uncertainty) and I came across the episode with Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. And while I've never worn Spanx, I'm so blown away by her as a female entrepreneur. This is from a different episode, but did you know that only 2% of female entrepreneurs and their businesses ever make over $1 million?? My mind is blown. This was great motivation to keep working, pushing, and edging towards some big goals.

 

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Sometimes you just crave familiarity. In surroundings, in people, and (for me at least) in food. This weekend I had the weirdest craving for cinnamon toast. My mom used to keep one of those pizza place shakers (that are usually full of parmesan cheese) full of cinnamon and sugar and one of my favorite snacks was toast with butter and cinnamon and sugar. Of course, back then it was white bread, margarine, and white sugar... but I can modify a little today. I used Alvarado Street Bakery bread (yay 6g of protein per slice), coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. It was delish. And nothing beats the smell of toast and cinnamon together. 

 

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I took Arlo on a half day trip up to North County this weekend. He loves car rides, sticking his head out the window, and going to new places - so this was a perfect outing on a hot Saturday afternoon. Our last stop of the day was at a bakery/cafe called 2Good2B in Encinitas. I simply googled "gluten free bakery" in San Diego county and this was at the top of every list. Holy crap, I can see why. Not only did the bakery case look amazing, but all of the food at the cafe was drool inducing. And EVERYTHING they make is GF, free of corn, and free of soy. I was meeting my friends Amanda and Antonette later in the evening so I picked up a few cupcakes for us to enjoy: coconut passionfruit and GF/dairy free carrot cake. I'm a carrot cake fiend, so that won for me. But I'll definitely be visiting them again!

 

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In Vancouver last week, we partook in The Crate Escape. Here's the gist: mobile storytelling event. Run (or walk) around your city to different landmarks with a milk crate. Someone (who volunteered to tell their story around a specific theme) gets picked, stands on top of the milk crate, and tells a story for 5-8 minutes. Then you move on to the next place and start again. It was so fun! A great adventure to see a (new for us) city and to hear stories you didn't know people had. It made me realize how much I love story telling (and truly how bad I am at it). We've become this short attention span, want info now and quick, culture and the art of verbal storytelling is being lost. There are storytelling events in every city. Get out and find one! 

What I'm Into Wednesday - Marathon Training Edition

The Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday...and I won't be there this year. While I'm incredibly bummed to be missing one of my all time favorite races, I am stoked to be healthy this year and moving forward towards re-qualifying (while feeling good)!

I'm running the OC Marathon on May 7th and I am in the middle of my last big, big week of training. That sparked the idea for this week's What I'm Into post: Marathon essentials.

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If you're looking for motivation to start running long distance, keep running long distance, or decide to take on a new running challenge, I have an author for you! Christopher McDougall has a few excellent running books. Most of us have (at least) heard of Born to Run - the book that birthed the barefoot running movement. But did you know he wrote another book? Natural Born Heroes is my favorite of the two - running meets nutrition meets history.

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I don't listen to music while I run. I used to but I broke my trusty iPod while training for a race about 4 years ago and just never replaced it. When I do have solo long runs that I need a boost for I listen to podcasts! This podcast plug goes to perennial favorite Tim Ferriss. He interviewed Ricardo Semler, who is a Brazilian businessman known for his radical re-organization of industrial democracy. Sounds boring, right? Totally not. This guy is full of life lessons. 

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My go to hydration brand, nuun hydration, just dropped a brand new product that I'm pretty excited about. Nuun Performance adds back in the carbohydrates necessary for sustained or intense exercise (yup, marathon training falls in there) while still being one of the cleanest options out there. I am a little bummed that they are discontinuing Plus, which was a carbohydrate tablet that you could add to your nuun, but I'm happy with the replacement. Shhhh.... I still have a stockpile of Plus. If you do too, try chewing them instead of dissolving them. It's a game changer. 

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I'm experimenting with diet as I approach the last month before the marathon. One of my explorations is into the world of gluten and dairy free nutrition. While it's not hard to eat that way on a daily basis, finding pre-run (or during run fuel) that keeps with that is more challenging. Last week I made grain and dairy free banana muffins that were perfect for popping a few before a long run. And they smelled bomb. Like the best banana bread does.

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You need to go to Milestone Running in North Park. Go to say hi to the guys (and Julie). Or to pet China. Or to try on cool clothes. Or buy sweet Stance socks. Or stock up on your fav hydration and nutrition. OR buy new shoes (duh). May I recommend... the Saucony Freedom! What?? Not New Balance. I know. I'm shocked too. But they are amazing and will be my race day shoe.

 

So if you remember, send me some good vibes on Sunday, May 7th. I'll need them!

xoxo

LP

What I'm Into Wednesday - Camp Edition

This past weekend I had the very distinct pleasure and honor to have been an expert at the March edition of Campowerment in Malibu. The low down: Campowerment is summer camp for adult women. A place to inspire women to re-ignite their lives, no matter the stage in life they're at, their professions, marital status, whether they have kids, etc. It's one of the more inspirational and moving experiences I've ever been a part of and is a place that every woman should get to experience.

Naturally, this week's list is fairly camp centered!

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The weather was unbelievable this weekend. Camp takes place at the top of a magical mountain in Malibu and while Friday and Saturday's weather were 85 and blue skies, Sunday and Monday brought this awe inspiring low fog. It literally felt like we were in Ireland. Otherworldly and breathtaking. If you ever want help feeling like you're making life changes, shifts, and revelations, standing on a mountaintop in Malibu in the fog is where you want to be.

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In the few days leading up to camp I was feeling stressed, slightly lost in why I was doing my work, and like I was butting my head against a wall trying to figure things out. I took a break from sitting at my computer to take Arlo for a walk and listen to one of the newer Tim Ferriss episodes with Dr. Phil Zimbardo. Dr. Zimbardo is a psychologist in his 80s who was involved in some fascinating experiments and now focuses his research and work on being less evil and being more heroic. One of the better episodes I've heard recently. 

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Post camp blues are real. And the best cure for blues of any sort is... ICE CREAM! Luckily our car ride home took us through Venice so my mom and I could stop at Salt and Straw. This month they've brought back 5 of their favorites for their monthly rotation. I had Cinnaholic - a cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies and the coconut milk based ice cream with marionberries and shortbread. YUM. 

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I'm a firm believer in passing along information and things and opportunities that I'm passionate about. And camp is one of those things. I had the opportunity to go as a lululemon ambassador on a mini-camp retreat about a year and a half ago. Since then I've been hounding women I know to go (including my mom, who finally went this weekend!). The coolest thing Campowerment has been up to is getting a 501c3 non-profit up and running called Give Her Camp to provide scholarships to send women to camp who otherwise couldn't afford to go. I've been actively looking for a charitable cause that speaks to me to start doing some work and fundraising for... and this is it. Keep your eyes and ears open, cause Bodies in Motion 4.0 will be coming and it will be fundraising for this cause.

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The only un camp related thing, but kind of related to camping as it has to do with bugs. The ant problem in our house is OUT OF CONTROL. Partially due to having a dog (hello, dog food), partially due to the heat, and mostly due to the fact that our house was relatively, um, quickly?, built. I've been struggling with how to get rid of them since most pest sprays are nasty and definitely not dog friendly. Enter Pest Soldier! This vinegar based spray has been working wonders and smells good (thank you peppermint oil) and I'm stoked.

It's going to take me a while to quit buzzing from this weekend. From teaching these amazing women, to bunking with some awesome experts, to meal times with a Food Network Star, to being on the Today show (WHAT? Yup, stay tuned.) - this weekend changed my world, as camp always does. It is getting me excited for my own retreat! Just a reminder, 3 spaces have opened up for May 18-21. Do you want in? You even get to blend your own custom wine! Let me know!

And happy Wednesday Campers!