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Things I Like Thursday–FOE Hair Ties

As a runner, one thing that is very important, especially in the summer, is getting and keeping my hair out of my eyes and away from my face.  My hair is about medium length, but the only time I ever wear it pulled back is when I’m running or doing other physical activities.  The problem with traditional hair fasteners is they tend to break your hair, which is not good for me since I wear it down most of the time.  I recently have been introduced to fold over elastic hair ties, which solves the breakage problem.

Fold over elastic (FOE, for short) was created to be a trim or a binder for edges of fabrics.  It has a line down the middle for easy folding, so you fold it over the edge of your fabric, sew it on, and you’re done.  Then someone realized its softness made for great baby head bands.  Baby head bands led to adult head bands, which led to hair ties.  I’m really not completely sure of the exact chronology of events, but this seems logical in my mind.

If you buy FOE hair ties in a store, they can be kind of costly.  They cost almost nothing to make, though, and they are a snap!  First of all, get yourself some FOE in whatever color(s) you want. 

Fold Over Elastic--it comes in all different colors!

Fold Over Elastic–it comes in all different colors!

I find the internet, specifically Etsy, to be an excellent source for this.  Then you just need to cut it in 10 inch lengths. 

10 inches of FOE

10 inches of FOE

Yes, I know that sounds long but once you fold it in half and tie it off, you really need that much.  This leads to the next step, which is, you fold it in half and tie it off.  Just loop it around your finger and make a simple knot for this.  Easy peasy!  At this point, the only other thing you need to do is heat-seal the ends.  I know this sounds scary, but it’s really easy.  Just light a match or a lighter, hold the flame really close to the edge, as close as you can get it without catching it on fire. 

You need a match or a lighter to heat-seal the ends.

You need a match or a lighter to heat-seal the ends.

You will see the edges start to melt a bit, and that’s it!  That’s all there is to heat-sealing.  If you do happen to catch it on fire, no biggie.  Just blow out the flame, trim the ends, and go again.

FOE burnt ends, oops!

FOE burnt ends, oops!

You could also heat-seal the ends before tying them off, if you wanted to.  I’ve done it both ways, and really, it makes no difference.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I sealed the ends before tying when I took the pics you see here.

The finished product, made in less than 30 minutes, probably more like 15.

The finished product, made in less than 30 minutes, probably more like 15.

So, if you are like me and love the FOE hair ties, do yourself a favor.  Get yourself some FOE, take about 20 minutes to make a bunch, and save yourself some money!  They also make great gifts.  I’ve actually made more to give away than I’ve made for myself. 

What’s your favorite quick craft?

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Things I Like Thursday–The runDisney Food Box

At the end of pretty much any race or other running event, most runners look forward to a snack of some sort. For me this has been anything from a tiny shot glass serving of soup (I’m not kidding) to a full on barbecue meal. I’ve had some great food after races, and I’ve had some major disappointments. At runDisney events, food boxes are always given out along with a banana, bottled water, and bottled Powerade. I always look forward to getting my food box. Sometimes I don’t want a thing to eat for hours after a run and sometimes I’m completely ravenous. I never know which it’s going to be until I’m finished, and runDisney food boxes always hit the spot. I can save it for later or I can crack it open and nosh on something immediately.

My first and second runDisney food box experiences were after the 2012 Happy Haunted 5k and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler held later that same day. The boxes were identical and nothing went to waste. Here is what they looked like.

runDisney Food Box

runDisney Food Box

This is exactly what the food box looked like when it was opened.

This is exactly what the food box looked like when it was opened.

They contained the following:

  • Snap energy candies
  • Almond Rocca (my favorite!)
  • Clif Builders protein bar
  • Sweet Perry Trek Trio snack mix
  • Multi-grain gluten-free crackers
  • Hickory Farms white cheese spread
  • Moist Towelette (Don’t you just love saying “moist towelette”?)
Contents of the food box from the 2012 Happy Haunts 5k and Tower of Terror 10 Miler

Contents of the food box from the 2012 Happy Haunts 5k and Tower of Terror 10 Miler

I enjoyed all of it, though I didn’t eat it all in one sitting. This is exactly the type of food I snack on so it was right up my alley!

After the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon, I got another box. It looked identical to the others so this time I’ll show you the back of it, which had upcoming race information printed on it.

This is the back of the food box.

This is the back of the food box.

This is the 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box when opened.

This is the 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box when opened.

The contents were similar to my previous boxes and contained the following:

  • Organic dark chocolate
  • Luna protein bar, chocolate
  • Multi-grain gluten-free crackers
  • Wild Garden humus spread
  • Sweet Perry Power Play seed mix
  • Sweet Perry Baja Blend snack mix
  • Moist Towelette
Contents of 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box

Contents of 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box

I loved that the box seemed to be chocolate focused, totally princess-like! However, I didn’t eat any of it right after the race. It did make for several tasty snacks later on, though. I also think it would be a great snack for the airplane ride home after the race. Wish I’d thought of that earlier!

What do you think of the runDisney food boxes? What is your favorite after-race snack or meal?

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Things I Like Thursday–Konk Cooler

I’m getting ready to go on a Disney cruise aboard the Dream in a couple of months.  This will be my second cruise on the Dream, and lately it’s been on my brain a LOT.  I’ve been thinking about all the things I didn’t get to do last time that I want to do this time.  I’ve been reflecting on what I did last time that I want to repeat.  I’ve also just been reminiscing about the last trip in general.  A highlight of most Disney cruises is a trip to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.  For me, no trip to Castaway Cay would be complete without the famous Konk Cooler.  What is a Konk Cooler? It’s only one of my top 5 cocktails (ooooh, future post idea!).  I crave the thing, but it’s über fattening so it’s more of a once-a-year treat.  No, I don’t go on a Disney cruise once a year (I wish).  I have, however, adapted my own recipe from other recipes I’ve found on the internet for it. 

Konk Cooler

1 can of Welches frozen passion fruit juice blend concentrate, thawed

1 can creme of coconut (Lopez is what I use, and it’s on the cocktail mixer aisle)

1 cup orange juice

3/4 cup light or golden rum

3/4 cup coconut or pineapple rum

Blend all ingredients in a blender until well combined.  Pour into another container.  Add a cup of the mixture back into the blender and blend with enough ice to make it your desired consistency.  A cup of the mixture will yield about 2 drinks, and this recipe makes about 5 cups so the total yield is about 8-10 drinks.  The leftover mixture (if there is any) will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Konk Cooler-aka paradise in a glass

Konk Cooler-aka paradise in a glass

I added quite a bit of ice to this one because I like them extra thick.  I also like to serve it in this fun glass.  I think it adds to the tropical feel of the drink.  One more thing.  I make mine with Tortuga rum that I bought in Nassau on the last trip.  I only use that rum for these drinks.  I use the golden rum, but light would work, too.  The lady in the Tortuga shop who helped me with my purchase told me golden and light rum can be used interchangeably.  Sometimes I use the coconut rum and sometimes pineapple, but honestly, I can’t tell much of a difference once the other ingredients are blended.

Try it out and tell me what you think!  If you’ve had the original do you think this comes pretty close?

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Things I Like Thursday–Luna Bars

Today I introduce to you another new feature of my blog called Things I Like Thursdays.  We all have our favorite things.  Here is where I will talk about some of mine.

Let’s talk Luna bars.  I first tried Luna bars in October of last year.  I found Luna minis in the grocery store in a variety pack of Smores and Nutz Over Chocolate.  I do love fun product names, and the fact that they were mini was even better!  I’ve never been much of an energy bar/protein bar girl but since I’ve been running, I’ve dabbled into the world of all sorts of products I would have never given a second look at before.  So with these, I thought with the mini size, if they were terrible I wouldn’t have much to choke down.  To my surprise, not only were they not terrible, they were yummy!  I would often eat one on the way to my favorite running trail just to give me a little extra umph.

Full size Luna and mini Luna

Full size Luna and mini Luna

On the morning of my first half marathon, the Memphis St. Jude Half (more on that at a later date), I had my breakfast way earlier than usual.  So I packed a couple of Luna minis to take in case I needed a snack while waiting at the starting line.  My nerves were definitely in full force so I totally forgot about eating one.  I experienced a MAJOR energy drop around miles 8-10 that day.  It got to the point where I was barely walking and I wasn’t sure if I needed to sit down, vomit (TMI, sorry), drink more water, pour water on me or what!  I had fueled and hydrated during the race the exact same way as I had in training, and I had never experienced anything like that before.  I remembered the Luna minis I had with me and quickly tore one of the packages open.  I practically inhaled it and almost instantly felt better.  I was able to regain enough strength to finish in pretty decent shape. 

I will say that it usually is NOT a good idea to do anything during a race that you haven’t done in training.  At the same time, I was feeling pretty lousy at that moment, and my usual fuel source was not touching it.  Plus, I had eaten one close to the start of a training run before so I was fairly sure that it wouldn’t cause another other problems.

Now I always take them with me on any double digit run.  If I start to feel the least bit empty or weak, I eat one.  I do this in addition to my other fuel, which some may argue is not a good idea.  However, it has worked for me since then, and the whole purpose of practicing with something is to find out what does and doesn’t work for you.  Oh, and I don’t just get the minis now, either.  I like the full sized bars for a breakfast on the go.  Pair them with an apple or banana, and they are quite satisfying.

Box of Lunas

Box of Lunas, notice the 9 grams of protein!

This is Nutz Over Chocolate.  It's like a nutty rice crispy treat with a chocolate bottom.  Yum!  I had one for breakfast this morning.

This is Nutz Over Chocolate. It’s like a nutty rice crispy treat with a chocolate bottom. Yum! I had one for breakfast this morning.

What are your favorite Luna flavors?  Do you have a go-to product that has gotten you through a tough time?

Disclosure:  Luna has not compensated me in any way for this post.  All of these thoughts are my own and are not sponsored by or endorsed by Luna or anyone else.

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