July 2016 archive

His First 5K at 5 Years Old!

 

His First 5K

On Saturday, my 5 year old son and I participated in a 5K fun run. The Bubble Run is held at different locations throughout the United States. This is not a timed race so there is no competition. It is just for fun but you definitely get a workout especially when your child asks to be carried!!

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So why would anyone want to participate in this run?

  • It’s a good way to introduce and get your children excited about running.
  • It’s a fun outdoor activity.
  • It’s a fun family event.
  • It gives you an excuse to let loose and act silly! (Seriously, I wore a tutu.)

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What should I bring with me?

  • If you have little ones that can’t walk the entire 3.2 miles, BRING A STROLLER!!
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be aware that they will get stained from the colored bubbles.
  • Goggles, sunglasses or any other type of eye protection.
  • A water bottle.
  • A small towel to wipe faces after going through each bubble station.
  • A fanny pack or drawstring bag to carry your phone, keys, money, etc.
  • Money for parking and to purchase snacks and Bubble Run merchandise.
  • LOTS of energy!! Once you finish the race, there is an after party with MORE bubbles.
  • A camera or your phone with plenty of memory to take pictures. Trust me you will want to take tons!

This was my second 5K and I must say that even though it was not a timed race, it was still a challenge. It took about 1 hour to complete the course (without shortcuts). My main reason for signing up for this race was to show my son that running can be fun. Mission accomplished!

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IMG_2221Have you done a 5K with your kids? Did you like it? Was it a “fun run” or a serious race? Would you do it again? What advice would you give for participating in a race with your children?

 

Easy Journaling Tool


300 Writing Prompts Book Cover for Journaling

Is journaling on your “to do one day when I have time” list? Yes, it’s on my list too but I never seem to get around to it. Or, I start journaling but never stick with it.

In December I purchased a nice 5″x9″ weekly planner at TJMaxx. The journal was meant for things my younger son said and did. I tried to write in it at least once a week. The system worked well for a few months. It was manageable because I could remember things that happened the previous week pretty well. One day I was cleaning up and organizing my bedroom and I made the mistake of putting the journal on my book shelf and that was the end of that. It was truly a case of out of sight, out of mind.

Fast forward to this month and I was at Barnes and Noble because I had a gift card. I always look through the clearance section because you can find some really good deals, especially on books for children.

One book caught my eye: “300 Writing Prompts”. The price was only $6.98. As I looked through it, I thought that the prompts were fun and easy to write about.

Here are some examples:
“If you could be the best in the world at something, what would it be?”
“Have you ever been attacked by an animal?”
“What is a sure-fire way to distract you from the task at hand?”

Inside 300 Writing Prompts Book

Inside 300 Writing Prompts Book

I love these questions because I think they will be a fun keepsake for me to look back on. It will also be nice for my family to read and learn more about me. The questions are also great conversation starters. The best part about this book is that it is not dated, so I don’t feel the pressure to write in it every day. There is no falling behind, so I can go at my own pace.

If you would like to get this book for yourself or as a gift, the book is currently available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon and it’s even cheaper than when I purchased it a few weeks ago!

Do you write in a journal? What journaling style do you prefer? A blank journal, a dated journal, writing prompts?