Friday Fitness: The Beast Challenge

I have some race updates to give you!  It’s been a while since my last Friday Fitness post and I’ve raced twice since then!  The first was on New Year’s Day. I did the Pancakes and Resolutions Run Beast Challenge.  The race had a 1 mile, 5K and 10K option.  Or you could do all 3.  I did all three.

It started with a 1 mile run.  There was a small crowd gathered at the start and the race started 10 minutes late because it was taking so long for everyone to get checked in.  I started near the front because it was a small crowd.  Knowing I had two more races ahead of me the plan was to take it easy.  After all, I had 20 minutes from the start of this race until the next.

And then I crossed the finish line in 8:07.  Oops. Not the slow start I had planned.

Next up was the 5K.  Now, I have a knack for running a 27 minute 5K and when chatting with friends prior to the race I made that remark.  But I also said I should probably ease back a bit since I still had the 10K after that. 

And then I ran a 27 minute 5K (8:43 min/mile).  Ha!  My speedy friend was waiting at the finish line (she got 2nd in our age group) and the first thing out of her mouth was “You called it!”

I took a bathroom break after the 5K, which was the best decision I had made all day!  I swapped out my last bib and headed back to the start line for the 10K.  I got off to a great start, but then we took a turn and headed up a hill.  And when we got to the top of that hill there was another small hill.  And when we descended from that hill we had to go up a third hill.  By the time we hit the third hill my legs were done.  I took a walking break.  No shame.  I was tired and hungry and running out of steam.  But I made it to the top of the hill and then got to run back down.

Pretty good finish line photo, too, in my Balega Crazy Crews!!!  It wasn’t my best 10K time, 59:47 (9:38 min/mile), but it was the 3rd race of the day, so…….

But look, still smiling!  It was a fun way to start off the new year.  And I was happy to have some of my MRTT crew there to chat with and cheer on.

If you completed any one of the races you got a pancake medal (and his little legs swing back and forth!) and for completing all 3 races you got a beast medal to go with it. 

And then there was all you can eat pancakes!!!

They tasted much better than they looked! And yes, that’s caramel drizzle on them!  (I’m not a big fan of syrup)  This was a great little local race.  I’m glad I did it!  (It didn’t hurt that the weather was pretty nice.  36 degrees and sunny!) 

 

 

Butterfly Cardigan

A few weeks ago Patterns for Pirates released the Cocoon Cardigan and I bought it right away!  I had the perfect sweater knit for it.  I’ll have to show it to you sometime! But for now I want to show you the Butterfly Cardigan, which is the girls version of the Cocoon Cardigan.  I loved testing this pattern! It is such a quick sew! I sewed up 4 Butterfly Cardigans and one Cocoon Cardigan during testing.  First up is this super cute cropped length cardigan in a beautiful mustard sweater knit from Knitpop.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesI used this sweater knit for a Mama Ava for myself and had just a bit left over.  Of course I couldn’t just sew her a cardigan with no shirt to coordinate with it, so I used this amazing double brushed poly to sew a Talor Tank to wear with it.  She just loves this outfit! She told me it makes her feel like a grown up.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesIt does make her look more grown up.  Or that could be the adult teeth making her look grown up………

Not to leave the little one out I also whipped up these two cardigans in the tunic length with long sleeves.  More appropriate for winter.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesFor these I used a rayon spandex blend from Girl Charlee.  I’ve had this heart fabric for a while (received in a KnitFix bag) and wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I just love these cardigans!  Pumpkin loves it, too.  She has worn it twice already!  I think it’s the pockets.  She loves pockets. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesYep, she was pretty excited about pockets.

Lastly I made a mommy and me set for Cupcake and I with a remnant of sweater knit from Joann’s.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesThese are both tunic length with 3/4 sleeves.  I also did a short band on all of these, but a tall band is also an option. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesWe wore these out the other day and we were so cute.  She has her 100th day of school coming up and she wants to wear this cardigan to school that day when she dresses up like she’s 100 years old.  So, apparently I made her an old lady sweater! Ha! 

Seriously, though, this is such a cute cardigan and it’s such a wardrobe staple!  I want to make about a million more and put one on the girls every day! 

Pick up the Butterfly Cardigan or the Cocoon and Butterfly bundle through Monday the 23rd while they’re on sale!  No coupon code needed!

 

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Christmas Jammies

Hello from the other side of the holiday!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great, low-key holiday.  Just the 4 of us.  As much as I’d love to spend the holidays with our families it’s very important to me that my kids wake up in their own home on Christmas morning.  We’ve got our own traditions.  We have matching stockings, we bake and frost cookies for Santa, the girls get squeaky clean and then we track Santa in our Christmas jammies!  The girls have had matching Christmas jammies every year and this year was no exception!

And just like last year I made matching jammies for their dolls.  Well, coordinating, anyway.  I gave the girls a few pattern options for their pajamas this year and they picked the Dreamland Nightgown by Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  The little one is very much into nightgowns these days because, well, she’s very much into dresses.  And the big one insisted that I make the long version of the nightgown. 

And I decided to take it up a notch this year, mostly because I ordered way too much fabric, and make myself a matching pair!

I used the Beauty Sleep pajamas pattern for mine.  (I was planning on using the matching Alex and Anna Winter PJs for the girls, but again, they wanted a nightgown)  These are some comfy pajamas!!!  Especially in this Riley Blake knit!  Unfortunately the fabric was a tad too girly to make hubby a matching pair……

…maybe next year. 

 

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Tutorial: Sew a Fleece Pocket Scarf for Kids

I’ve got a quick and easy sewing tutorial for you! Perfect for the first day of winter! Cupcake has been wanting a scarf, so I had the idea to sew her a scarf with pockets on the end.  Like built-in mittens.  Because she keeps losing gloves on the bus.  So I grabbed some fleece and started working!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with a piece of fleece.  Cut two pieces 7″ x WOF (usually 59″) and two pieces 7″ x 8″.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with your small pieces.  These are your pockets.  Fold one short end down 1/2″ wrong sides together and stitch in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialLay one of your long (scarf) pieces down right side up then place a pocket on the end right side up, lining up the raw edges.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialRepeat on the other side.  Place the other long piece on top, right side down and pin or clip in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStitch around the entire scarf with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening for turning. (In the picture I left my opening on the short end, but the opening is better left on the long side between the pockets)

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialTurn right side out and stitch the opening closed.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialAnd you’re all done!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCupcake loves her new scarf!  And I love that I don’t have to worry about missing gloves!  And Pumpkin loves hers, too!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialThe matching headbands are from a Made for Mermaids pattern. 

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCold weather – check!  Warm ears – check!  Warm necks – check!  Warm hands – check!

 

Enjoy!!!

 

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