Things Loved in August

1. Racerback bras.

Yes, this is me.  I moonlight as a VS underwear model in my free time.

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover racerback bras!  I don’t know what my hold-up was.  I guess I just thought they were meant for racerback tops.  So not the case!  I picked this one up at Victoria’s Secret earlier this month, and it’s the perfect solution for keeping my bra straps from peeking out of my sleeveless summer tops.  I’m kicking myself for not realizing this in May…of 1998.

2.  A day at the lake!  We kicked off August with a fun-filled family day at G’s parent’s house on the lake with our friends Todd, Robin, their daughter Marit, and Andy, Deb, and their sons Anthony and Carter.  We had a blast!

G and Andy tossing Carter (age 6) up out of the lake.
Marit (age 4) and Carter (age 6) taking a turn in the tube.
Anthony (age 7) tubing.
G and Kate (18 months).

3. Misto Sprayer.

This thing is great.  It’s a non-aerosol way to spray oils for cooking and baking.  You simply remove the top, fill it with olive oil (or whatever your preference), replace the top (which includes a little spray nozzle), pump the lid up and down about 10 times to build pressure in the canister–and then spray!  If you’re looking for an all-natural alternative to aerosol cooking sprays, this little gadget does the trick! 

4.  Lady GaGa.  Yes, we all know that this chick is absolutely f-ing crazy…but I love her.  Hell, maybe that’s why I love her!  Her songs are instant favorites of mine and no matter how many times I hear them I still want more.  I’ve been meaning to throw GaGa on a “Things Loved” list for a while now, and after her opening performance for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards last week, now’s the time.  Her little opening monologue cracked me up, and I crazy-love this song!

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music, Lady Gaga

5.  My finisher’s medal from my half marathon!

(Raise your hand if you didn’t see that one coming.)

(Now smack yourself with it.)

Think this is the last shirtless picture you’ve seen of me?  Please.  You know I’m going to get more mileage out of this half marathon thing!  (Get it?  Mileage.  Hahaha.)
Seriously.  This isn’t the last you’ve seen of my belly button.  Get acquainted.

The best thing about my finisher’s medal?  It doubles as a beer bottle opener.

Yeah, that’s right.

I swear I’m not making this up.

I’ve tested it.  It’s legit.


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    Congrats on your half marathon! It’s an incredible accomplishment. One I hope to someday complete. I’ve been running for around 6 months and am really wanting to run during the winter but I’m not sure what kind of gear is really neccessary. I was wondering if you could share some of the things that you think are really important to have to run during the winter. Thanks!

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    Great job on your run! I’m running my first half marathon in January. Hope I have a smile on my face when I finish!

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    Thanks girls!

    @Lindsey–I live in Wisconsin, so the most important thing to have for running in the winter is an indoor treadmill, lol! I’ve actually never made it through an entire winter running outside–things just get too cold and nasty here for my tastes–but when temps drop the best thing to have are warm, well-ventilated running clothes that have wicking properties that keep the moisture off your body. My favorite brand for running clothes is Nike. Check out their website ( and click on Women, and then Running. At the top of that page you’ll see a navigation button that says “Best For.” Use that button to filter your search to find gear recommended for staying warm, weather protection, etc. If nothing else, it’ll give you a good idea of what to look for when your shopping. Hope that helps!

    @Nicole–I think I looked more pained than happy while crossing the finish line, but shortly afterwards I was all smiles the rest of the day! Good luck to you in January!

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    I just discovered the racerback VS bras and I also felt like an idiot for only just discovering them. They are so comfy, no falling straps and they’re great for nursing, you know, if that’s in your job description. Hooray!

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    Yay for Lady Gaga! She’s totally my guilty listening pleasure. She can be BSC and put out some great tunes.

    Congrats on the half!!

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    Thanks for the running info. I live in Nebraska so I know cold winters. I would like to run outside but I’m thinking on those days that it’s -20 and just breathing makes your nose hairs freeze together I’ll have to stick to a treadmill. Thanks again!

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    @Leanne–I didn’t even think about them for nursing. Great tip!

    @The Gilje Crew–I almost wrote in my post that “even though she is BSC…” but I didn’t want to confuse people who wouldn’t get the reference. That is the perfect way to describe her, lol!

    My pleasure, Lindsey–happy running!

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