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Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!
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We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!
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After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.


Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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Life…ups and downs…

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Beautiful sunset reminding me my auntie is always with me…

This past weekend was full of ups and downs.
The ups included the hubs and I getting away for a little trip to celebrate our anniversary.  Overall it was a good trip.  We had yummy food, I got to run with the ocean (gulf) next to me, and I even got a little bit of sleep.  The downside to the trip was that our hotel lost power for a few hours Friday evening, so it threw our plans off a bit.
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The drive in, and our view from lunch!
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The BEST burger place we have yet to eat at!  Cafe Michale Burger! We eat every time we are in Galveston 🙂
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More of our view from lunch 🙂
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Hotel ‘fitness center.’ Yeah, I ran outside instead…
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View from our room.  We were able to check in a little early, so we got one of the good rooms.
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Chilling by the pool…we never actually got in cause there were about 20 kids in there while we sat and read for a bit.
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View from dinner 🙂
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We tried a new spot, called The Spot.  I had the most amazing salad 🙂
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Walk on by the beach at night! Love hearing the waves 🙂
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Morning run and some fun in the sun.

I am so thankful we were able to get away, even just for 24 hours.

The downs:
On my way to babysitting Sat afternoon my mom called to say her sister passed away.  It was (and still is) a huge shock that she is no longer here.  I miss her so much!!  I will cherish the memories and always hold her in my heart.
Thankful that these kiddos brought me many smiles and gave lots of hugs on Saturday!
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The last pic of all of us together from my sister’s wedding.
Sis, auntie, grandma, mom and me.
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Till we meet again…Love you always…

Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge weeks 2 & 3 recap!

Well the last few weeks have been pretty crazy with sick kiddos, lots of work and getting sick myself. I managed to keep up with the challenges (for the most part) for the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge, and am finally getting a chance to write about it!
It was really fun to have a challenge through most of the month of February. I really enjoy having a new challenge each day to keep things fresh, and to try new things!

Week 2: Nourish!

Monday – Go Meatless – Skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.
Today was filled with lots of yummy meatless meals! I was especially excited about making blueberry pancakes!
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Tuesday – TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today! Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com to inspire your packed lunch!
I always take my lunch to work, so this wasn’t anything new for me. However, I was sick all day with nauseousness and no appetite, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it.

Wednesday – Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!One thing I love about apps is the My Fitness Pal app! It helps me keep track of what I am intaking and keeps me accountable with many other healthy minded friends! If you are looking for a simple way to track your intake, check it out! You can enter the information on a smart phone or a computer!
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Thursday – Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Smoothies are my FAV way to get a healthy dose of fruits and veggies! I love that you can mix and match so many combinations to make delicious drinks!

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Friday – Go Raw Friday! – Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw!
This was a great day filled with yummy raw foods. Even though it was Valentine’s day, I did manage to stay raw!
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Week Three: Believe!

Monday – Spoil Yourself! – Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!
I was not feeling great and I took full advantage of the twins nap time and I took a 2 hour nap! It was so wonderful!!

Tuesday – 5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.
The twins were sick and Mr. R did NOT want to take a nap, so my meditating minutes happened while he finally fell asleep in my arms. There is just something so peaceful about a little one asleep in your arms!
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Wednesday – Be Happy – Show us your happy place!
I have several happy places. For the most part, it is the BEACH for me. Especially the beaches in Costa Rica!

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The beach, private beach in Costa Rica, finishing a race, the beach, the hubs, traveling, meeting people I admire, the beach and more beach!

Thursday – Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!
I have much to be thankful for!
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The beach, friends, flowers/nature/my faith, ability to run races, my hubs, quiet time, health, ability and resources to travel, my education.

Friday – Share the love – S/O to your #1 supporter/motivator!

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My #1 supporter is my hubs! He has been there for me through so much the last few years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive man by my side!

I hope everyone who participated had a really great time, and enjoyed the challenges as much as I did! I am really looking forward to the Twitter party this coming week and to see who the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane is! I know I was encouraged and inspired each day by the amazing entries in the challenge, and I have no doubt the winner will be tough to pick!

Thank you to the Fit Approach ladies and Lorna Jane for putting together such a fabulous 3 week challenge! You all are a daily inspiration 🙂