A weekend of firsts.

The Thursday following Easter has always been the start of the Geauga County Maple Festival  and lucky for Chardon-ites, Easter came late this year, so the festival didn’t have to be cancelled on an account of being buried under several feet of snow. Of course being from Chardon, I drag my husband to the Maple Festival each and every year for a weekend full of bad food decisions. This year, however was extra special as it was Liam’s first Maple Festival!

Maple FestivalFrom the picture, you can totally tell just how excited he was.

Not only was it LT’s (Liam Thomas) first Maple Festival, it was also where both mine and my mom’s first race would take place. Last year, I signed up for the five mile Sap Run, but ended up finding out I was pregnant a few months earlier and physically did not have the energy to run five miles. I promised I would sign up next year. I blinked twice and next year was here! Being the loving daughter I am, I made my mom sign up with me. Though she thought it was a good idea at the time, after spending 11 days sick before the race, her mind was made up that this was the worst idea ever and she had a heartless daughter for not letting her back out. As we both stood at the start line surrounded by veteran runners with their water bottles tied around their waists and their short shorts despite the 32 degree temps, I too was starting to think this was the worst idea ever.

Of course as it turned out, it was a blast. The best part of course was when we approached four and a quarter miles and saw my adorable peanut sporting a onesie made by AK Grafix that said “Go Grandma Proy & Mommy Kick Butt!”

AK Grafix Custom OnesieWe treated ourselves to a huge breakfast at Spinner’s Good Time Diner, which if you haven’t been, you gotta! It was delicious.

Will we do it next year? You betcha (I say that now…)

Maple Festival Sap Run





Countryfy your playlist.

Those who know me know I love country music. And every time I hear an outsider’s perspective of country music, I just chuckle because nine times out of ten, they describe it as, “Hillbilly stomping crap,” “Only for rednecks,” or my personal favorite, “It’s just a bunch of dudes sitting on the front porch whining about how their woman left them and their dog died.” Oh the contrary my friends. Country music doesn’t follow any of the typical stereotypes that people generally categorize it in. In fact, it can be pretty motivational during a workout. So, to help you run that extra mile, or squeeze out that extra set of reps, here are some my favorite, must-have country tunes to add to your workout playlist.
Got any more suggestions? Leave them in the comments section below!

Journey to a 10K.

As a runner, throughout my entire adolescence, my mom tried desperately to get me to join her on the track. I remember like it was yesterday, going to the outdoor track next to our house almost every day, riding my bike or reading a book while my mom went round and round and round the track. After her 12th time around, like any child, I became EXTREMELY bored.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I was 18 and moved out of the house that I caught the running bug. For almost 10 years now, I have been consistently running. Now, by running, I mean I run for fun. I have never participated in any races and in general I only run approximately 10 – 15 miles a week, which really isn’t that much.

This year, I have decided to make a list of goals to accomplish in 2013. One of these goals was launching this blog. The other is to participate in a race. Rather than starting off with what normal people would do, a 5K, the nut-job in me decided my first race would be a 10K.

This past week was my first week of training. I thought the easiest way to accomplish my training was to download an app. The Nike+ Running App is great for running, but it doesn’t have a training option. I ended up downloading the Run Training App for free. This app has several training options to choose from. I have used it three times and am pretty happy with it, aside from the fact that the GPS doesn’t seem to be working on it. I’m not sure if it is because I am using it indoors, but to fix that problem, I just run my Nike+ App the same time I run the Running App. This way, I know how far I have gone and my pace.

I am already a runner, so I cheated a bit and jumped to week 5 of the 13 week training program. Each week consists of three days of running. I now have one week under my belt and feel great! I must say, I was pretty surprised how sore I actually was. Typically, I can run a 4 or even 5 miler with no soreness. Now that I am doing interval running with this training program, I am actually a bit sore!

I’ll keep you updated from time to time on my journey to a 10K, so stay tuned! And to give me a little bit more motivation, I just purchased these new beauties.

ascics running shoes

What you see is what you get.

For a few months now, I have been collecting photos of my crafting projects and filling up Word documents with how they were done. I’ve gone back and forth wanting to start a blog of my own, but it wasn’t until my fellow co-worker, Rachel, started her blog, The Reveler, that I decided it was time.

Generally speaking, just about every week day around 5:00 pm, my husband receives the following text or call, “Are you going to be home on time after work to let the dog out?” This usually means one of two things – I am heading to the gym (I love to run) after work, or I need to run into Pat Catan’s. And by ‘run into Pat Catan’s,’ I mean, spend at least 45 minutes there, along with $50 more than I had originally planned.

I currently work full-time in the advertising industry. When I’m not at work managing clients, I like to craft. To me, the idea of crafting is synonymous with taking on a challenge. Can you turn this ugly piece of furniture into a work of art? Can you string these beads into a pair of earrings for next week’s part? Challenge accepted! And when I am not crafting, I organize. My motto is, “An organized life is a happy life.” I love giving everything a home, even if it means spending $75 on baskets to hold a pile of light bulbs and wash cloths.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t have so much passion if it wasn’t for my encouraging, loving husband of 2+ years. He always thinks the highest of me and loves everything I create. And if by chance he does not love it – he tells me that, too.

While I am starting this blog to share my crafting, organizing and home improvement projects with the World Wide Web, I started finding my zazu for no one other than myself. I wanted a place to keep all of my ideas, visions and creations. All of you reading them is just an added bonus.

So what does finding my zazu mean? Not to be cufused with the bird character from the Lion King, zazu (pronounced za-zoo) is defined as something special, a passion, a feeling like love. Zazu is precisely what is inside me when it comes to organizing, crafting, home improvements, designing, cooking, running, music and now, anything babies thanks to my new baby boy, Liam. The blog name pretty much speaks for itself. By reading this blog you will be witness to me finding my zaza through everything I create.