Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Memory-filled June!

I am always excited when I turn the calendar and I see June!!  To me June is the promise of summer...the ending of another school year...and the beginning of more carefree days!  This is how we feel about June...
This June was no disappointment! The month kicked off with the Newport 10 Miler where I snapped my PR by 3 minutes!!  I always love running this race in my hometown!!

With 2 littles it is harder to meet up with others to run....my runs are usually early in the morning while a lot of my friends are still tucked snug in bed!  This month though fellow ZOOMA ambassador and fabulous friend Dani braved the morning sun with me!!

I was also able to get in some lunch runs with my coworker Christy and an added bonus of joining in one of Marathon Sports pub runs!!  Running is certainly more entertaining with friends!!

Certainly the highlight of this month was chickie's first 5k!!!  I will have a full report coming I promise but I was left very proud of her and how hard she pushed!!

June is hard since it is certainly filled to the brim with school ending...beach time...and being outside as long as we can, but I'm excited to see what July will bring!!  An added bonus....scored myself another 127 miles for the month!!!

How has your June been? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Motivation

This past weekend, chickie and I ran in her first 5k.  I would love to say that the whole thing went amazingly and we frolicked through 3.1 miles of fun, but it was hard.  The thing I know is that she had to work...hard.  It was a mental and physical challenge but as she crossed the finish and all her friends, teachers, and family encircled her cheering, she knew she was strong and proud!  There were moments when I could have thrown in the towel during that race but she wouldn't have had that moment...that moment knowing she was strong enough!!  That moment I have shown her so many times as I come in the door drained from a hard workout...knowing that you are stronger than you were when you left!  You never know who your example is reaching....her friend's mom even sent me a message later saying that Emma had inspired her daughter to run the race next year!!

Be strong...and inspire others to dig deep and be strong too!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


It's Thursday...it's the last day of the school year (yes when you live in New England during the snowiest winter in history you go to school WELL into the summer!)...and our big girl is moving up!  Lots to talk about today!!!

Last day...Today is the last day of school!  I always get a little teary eyed on the last day of school as the kids board the buses and we blow bubbles as they leave....and then SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!!!
I am so looking forward to having time...time to not have to rush out the door every morning...time for the girls and I to just be!  Yes I love summer but I really look forward to this time every year when I can connect with my girls and really explore together!

Another chapter closed...While I'm psyched that school is out, it now is tied to our big girl getting even bigger!!  Em closes her chapter on kindergarten and becomes a 1st grader today....
Same dress...same bow (we added shorts!)
Pardon me while I rock myself in the corner!  In true Em fashion, she is taking it gracefully like no big deal while I fight back the tears every time I pass her or her teacher in the hallway!!  This girl never ceases to amaze me!  She has grown so much as a person this year....don't even get me started!  I'll just say I'm proud of her and excited to see what next year brings! 

Race weekend...This weekend is our big girl's first ever 5k!!!  She is so ready...it's just convincing her of that!  There are so many friends and family that are coming out to cheer her on that she is going to look like a celebrity!  Diddy has nothing on this chickie!!

What's your favorite part about the summer?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#1MillionMinutes Summer

I love all things summer...you have to know that this beach girl is all about the summer!  Aside from having more freedom to spend days at the beach, I love the weather and the ability to be out and active!  I honestly try to use up every drop of sunlight being outside and active.  This was why I jumped at the chance to join in with Fit Approach and my SweatPink sisters for their #1MillionMinutes challenge aimed at making this your most active summer yet!
It started on June 21st but honestly you can join in at any time!  Grab the kids...your friends...or head out on your own and MOVE!  It really doesn't matter what you're doing as long as you are moving your body!!! 
Last night I headed out as the sun was starting to go down and literally raced the sun...with no street lights around I was in just as dark was coming in!!  We spent time playing basketball as a family and showing our girls how good it feels to be moving!!  My goal for this challenge is simple...find ways throughout the day to get myself and my family moving...whether it is through running or working out at the gym or riding bikes...swimming...obstacle courses in the yard...dancing...playing hopscotch...hiking...whatever as long as we are moving!!!
Come join in and get moving!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Motivation

The past few months have and continue to impress upon our family that you never know what tomorrow will bring.  It has me certainly thinking about plans...plans that are put off for a different time in life...plans for when the girls are older....plans for when my career gets slower...plans for when life is a little less hectic.  Yesterday driving home from visiting my family, as the girls snoozed peacefully in the back, I thought...why?  Why am I putting these things off?  What am I waiting for?  What if I get to that time and there is something else in the way?  What if that time never comes?  Why not go for it now?  Don't put it off for the perfect time to come!  Don't be in a holding pattern until your life is different....do it now!!

What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I'm So Fancy....

Being Fancy Nancy and all I of course love a little bling in my wardrobe...you know besides race medals!  I love getting unique pieces that really reflect my personality and jazz up any outfit that I pick out.  I love big necklaces and bracelets or pieces that not everyone has.  This at times takes a certain amount of time looking through boutiques and online shops.....who am I kidding!?  I'm a working mom of two littles who spends her free time getting sweaty!!  I don't have time much any more to spend hours searching for awesome jewelry like I used to! 

In comes RocksBox!!  I was so excited when I was offered an opportunity to try out RocksBox for three months!  First step...go on and sign up to be shine insider for just $19 a month.  You then go on, take a style quiz, and create a wish list of pieces you would like to try.  You can even link up to your Pinterest page to give your stylist ideas.

Then easy peasy they send you a box based on the things you put on your list!! (Gotta love the fun packaging!)
From there you decide what you want to keep and wear them as much as you want!  Each collection has 3 pieces of premium jewelry worth around $200!  Simply send them back in the envelope provided and they will send you another collection to try out!  If you fall in love with something (which I totally have several times), you can buy it from the set.  Each month you earn $10 towards purchasing a piece. 
This has been an awesome way for me to find those fun pieces to jazz up my outfits without having to take the time...and a tiny tornado of a toddler...to find them! 
Now because my mama taught me well I brought something for the whole class!!  Use the code mrscapenxoxo to score yourself a free month of RocksBox!
What's your favorite kind of jewelry?  
I'm a chunky bracelet or necklace girl!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Motivation

Today starts my next half marathon training cycle for ZOOMA Cape Cod.  I always get excited to start a new cycle knowing possibility is out there and the only limit is me!  So often we get in our own way but looking down 15 weeks until ZOOMA Cape Cod, I'm excited to see where I can take my training...my running...my body!  The sky is the limit!!
What are you reaching for this week?  This year? 
The sky's the limit so reach far!!!