Upside-down salad, a yoga fail, and the happiest 5K on the planet {race entry giveaway!}

by Kim on May 31, 2013

I just realized I’ve been making salads wrong my entire life.

The lettuce should go on TOP!

20130530_122906There are a bunch of hidden gems under there—but that’s my little secret.

I came to this conclusion yesterday as I was warming up leftover broccoli and spinach & garlic chicken sausage to put on a salad. I wanted to use the same plate I’d warmed them up on for the actual salad, but wasn’t sure how to sneak the lettuce underneath.

Umm, duh. How about: don’t do it.

Why did it take me so long to figure this out?? Now, my lettuce stays crisper, since it’s not getting beaten down by heavy toppings, and I’m less likely to just pick at the toppings and neglect the lettuce until the end. Plus, if you use dressing: obviously, the lettuce needs it more than the toppings do.

It’s a win, win, win, win.

Now, I realize the presentation suffers, but I don’t really care when I’m cooking for myself. And this way, every bite’s a surprise! Pretty magical, right?

Speaking of salads, mine have gotten a huge boost of awesome lately, now that this is happening regularly:

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I love grilling because it produces great food and, most importantly, because Brent usually does it. (haha) Also, leftover grilled kabobs are possibly the best salad toppings out there. I swear they’re better the next day.

20130528_192559The ones on the right are mesquite kabobs I got from our BRAND NEW HY-VEE (aka paradise).

Mason doesn’t care much about salads or kabobs, but he’s a HUGE fan of matchbox cars. (How’s that for a transition? I belong in TV.)

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He spends about 80% of his day carrying these little cars around and placing them on various surfaces. Not even “driving” them, necessarily—just setting them somewhere and stepping back to admire them. For some reason, it’s thrilling.

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He also loves to watch real cars from our street corner. Here he is bad-mouthing some passing vehicles:

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Haha. Doesn’t it look like he’s trash talking?

In other unrelated news, I went to a yoga class last night that unexpectedly, and horrifyingly, involved handstands. When the instructor asked if there were any poses we wanted to work on, one woman said, “Handstands—HAHAHA” (in other words: she was clearly joking). And sure enough, toward the end of the class, the instructor asked us all to pick a spot by the wall and start working on our “baby kicks.”

As far as I knew, baby kicks were something you experienced during pregnancy. But apparently, they can also be when you donkey-kick your legs in the air, hoping that, by some outrageous miracle, they might connect with the wall behind you.

handstand^What I did NOT look like.

I didn’t get very far with the whole baby-kicking thing—it just felt so unnatural to me. And the thought of actually being in a handstand position, with all my weight on my hands, sounded terrifying.

So while the instructor went around the room, asking if she could help people get into it, I laid low.

…And I’m still kicking myself today for that. Why couldn’t I just try it?? Grr…

I think it was largely the fact that I didn’t have time to prepare myself, mentally. This handstand idea came out of nowhere, and I need at least a week to prepare my brain for scary new experiences like that.

Another thing I’m considering preparing my brain for is The Color Run. Have you ever done one??

Color Run - Columbia, SC

I haven’t, but I’ve heard they’re a blast. You’re going to roll your eyes so hard when you hear what my biggest concern is…

I don’t really like to get dirty.

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I know, I know. I’m a total grandma. Danny Tanner here.

To be honest, I’ve never actually done a “fun run” (where I didn’t care about time) of any kind, and maybe I should think about changing that. This is the kind of race that’s awesome because it gets all kinds of people together, from the hardcore racers to the anti-runners. Plus, you get to take sweet colorful pictures like these:

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In case you’re not super familiar with the Color Run, here are some dets (—> this abbreviation goes out to my husband, who desperately hates it when people say dets):

–The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.

-It’s less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life.

–The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

–There are only two rules: Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color! 

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Man, I think I’m talking myself into it just writing this. The color washes off, right??

Plus, my pals Kelly and Sarah are doing it, and I secretly want to be more like them.

If YOU are interested in getting your color on this spring/summer, I have two exciting ways you can save money doing it!

$$ Saving Opp 1: If you live in the Madison area, here’s a special coupon code you can use to get $5 off your entry to our local race!

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In case the image isn’t showing up nicely for you, the code is COLORMADISON.

Register here!

$$ Saving Opp 2: The Color Run has graciously offered to give away a FREE ENTRY to one lucky reader! This entry can be used toward any Color Run in the country (here’s a list of the locations). To enter, use the Rafflecopter below.

A Rafflecopter giveaway!

P.S. Even if you don’t live in Madison or win the free entry, you can still save 5 bucks on your entry by grabbing 3 or more friends and registering as a team! (Here’s info about what it means to be a “team”—there’s not much to it, really.)

Disclaimer: The Color Run offered me both the coupon code and free entry to share with my readers. I was not compensated for this post in any other way.

Have a wonderful weekend! We’re off to the Twin Cities to hang out with some friends for the weekend (and Mason’s off to hang out with Grandma and Grandpa for the weekend)—we cannot WAIT for some quality adult time!

Have you ever tried an upside-down salad?

Ok, yogis: what handstand tips do you have for me?

I’ll make it happen someday!!

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diana June 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

i have done ‘fun runs’ [non-timed 5ks] ; but never anything that involves mud or neon powder! i would pick the minneapolis race ; i think its been sold out for a super long time!
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Heidi June 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

as for handstand, last week my yoga instructor recommended using a pillow to make it a bit easier. Also, if you can make it into “l shape” (sit against the wall, put your hands where your feet are, shorten your down dog and bring your feet up the wall so your body is in an L) you can totes do handstand (as a class mate of mine discovered last week). I found L Shape to be easy when I was pregnant, but I prefer headstand to handstand since I have no arm strength to hold myself up :/ You can totally do it!!! :)
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Sara June 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I haven’t done a fun run – yet… I’m signed up as my team’s captain for the Color Run in Milwaukee this August and I am SO.EXCITED!!!
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Julie June 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I haven’t done a fun run before. In fact, my first race of any kind will be in July (Alien Chase 5K). I’ve been wanting to do a Color Run!
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Presley @ Run Pretty May 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I’ve done a similar race before with the whole colored powder deal. It’s fun! It does take a while to scrub off, though. haha Running without knowing your time just means you have time for dance breaks and high fives. Totally serious.
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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I did the LoziLu Women’s Mud run and LOVED it — SO much fun!!
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Kelly May 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

How is the new Hy-Vee?? I haven’t been yet but I drove by last weekend and the parking lot was packed full!
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Kim May 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I love it! They have an amazing variety of meats (we just had something called cowboy chicken last night–chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and jalapenos and wrapped in bacon!) and a pretty substantial natural foods section. (I’ve had good luck finding obscure allergy-free stuff for Mason there.) Also, pretty impressive produce!

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome May 31, 2013 at 9:03 am

We LOVE grilling season! Most our meals during the summer are prepared on the grill. So good!
The Love Nugget is enjoying matchbox cars right now too. Those and Thomas the Train! Oh just wait until that obsession comes along. We hadn’t even watched it on T.V. before he started in with it. Now we let him watch it every once in awhile but he is obsessed with his trains and anything Thomas.
I did the Color run last August and compared to the Mud Run I recently did was way LESS dirty. It’s a weird powdery paint that isn’t too hard to get off. It was fun but I definitely recommend doing it with a group of friends. Just the hubby and I did it and while it was fun, it would have been much more fun with more people :-)
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Kim May 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

Haha! SO many people I’ve talked to with similarly aged boys have said the same thing about Thomas. That’s hilarious. Mason hasn’t really been exposed to any Thomas stuff yet, but there is a train set at the library he’s pretty into.

Yeah, the color run is one thing, but the mud run would be waaay too dirty for me I think, haha! I’m such a baby.

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Meredith N. May 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

I’ve never done any sort of fun run before. I’m kind of like you where I don’t like getting dirty…and trust me, I get dirty enough on regular runs (still trying to figure that one out!) I’ve heard so many great things about The Color Run though and I would really like for it my first “fun run”.

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Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama May 31, 2013 at 6:25 am

Your upside down salad idea is so smart! And I love grilling season too. My husband is the grill master, so grill season equals yummy food and less kitchen time for me. Definitely a win-win!

Not sure why CommentLuv never works for me your blog. Super sad face. : (

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the adult time!! Grandparents ROCK!

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Kim May 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

Hey Nicole! I’m not sure why CommentLuv isn’t working for you! Does it show an error? I tried publishing a comment with your URL and it worked for me somehow. I’ll keep working on it and let you know if I find the problem!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend too!

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