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A few months back, the blogosphere was in a tizzy about Stickygrams. Okay, maybe I saw Rockstar Diaries post something about it and HAD to get in on some Stickygram action. What’s Stickygram you ask? Stickygram prints out your favorite Instagram photos on to little square magnets to decorate your unappealing refrigerator door or really anything that’s magnetic. Cool huh? I’ve seen diy projects of the sort, but let’s be honest, I rarely have time to do anything diy related.

The idea of printing out your Instagram images and decorating your home with them is a genius marketing plow and lots of companies have taken up the opportunity. Printstagram prints posters. Blurb prints your photos in books. Postagram lets you mail a postcard of your Instagram to family and friends. Instagoodies prints stickers. Boo Box places photos in a shadowbox. Casetegram lets you create a custom iPhone case with your photos! The possibilities to showcase your Instagram photos are endless.

Just like the others, Stickygram appeared, based in the UK, to fill the void of many Instagram lovers.

The whole process was really easy. A couple weeks ago, I set up my Instagram account with Stickygram. You simply login using your Instagram account information and all your images link accordingly. Drag and drop your favorite images you want printed. There are 9 photos per sheet and each sheet costs $14.99. Not too shabby.

The next day, I received a shipping confirmation email and a week later they arrived at my doorstep or my mailbox really.

Check out the final product!

Cute right? Not the most glamorous picture. They look much better in person. Every once in a while I find myself reorganizing them on the fridge.

Want a little incentive to buy your own? I’ve got one for ya. Use code FRIENDC0KK to take $2 off your first purchase. So, go get ya some magnets!

Oh! Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite things to do in my down time is hunt for new races to conquer. I know. I’m weird. I seem to have caught some sort of bug – an awesome running bug! I haven’t signed up for any of these, but I’ve got these races on my calendar.

Turkey Trot – November 22, 2012 – 8 miles

I’ve been running for over a year now and didn’t even think about doing this race last year. Last year, I wouldn’t have even thought about doing the 8-miler. They’ve got a nice comfortable 5K, but who likes comfortable. More than likely I’ll be taking a run/walk approach. Run a couple miles. Walk a few minutes. Repeat.

Reindeer Romp – December 7, 2012 – 4.2 miles

This race enticed me for a few reasons. It’s in my college town, Denton, which is about 20 minutes away from where I currently live. The race takes place at a trail I’ve been meaning to run at. Driving 30 minutes out of the way just hasn’t been a good enough excuse to get up there. The price is definitely right. It’s only $15! This is really my perfect distance right now. I’m comfortable running 4 miles without needing an ambulance.

New Years 5 Mile – January 1, 2013 – 5 miles

This one takes place at White Rock Lake (like 75% of the others do). I’m starting to really like the trail there. I don’t get out that way much since it’s near downtown Dallas, but it’s always fun to run that trail. This one is still up in the air depending on if I want to sleep in that day or not. Yes, sometimes doing a race comes down to my sleep schedule…or my I-drank-too-much-last-night schedule.

Hotcake Hustle – January 12, 2013 – 5K/10K

This is the very first 5K I ever ran and I did it in just over 35 minutes.  It’s a sentimental race, so I’m looking at doing it again. I haven’t decided on the mileage yet. There is a massive hill on a bridge and if I choose to do the 10K, I have to go climb that bad boy 4 times. Yikes! The best part about this race is you get pancakes at the finish. It’s not just any ol’ pancakes. The Original Pancake House sponsors it. They have THE best syrup and pancakes. Mmmm motivation.

Hot Chocolate – February 9, 2013 – 5K

Known as America’s Sweetest Race, I regretted not doing this last year strictly because they give out the best running swag. Last year it was a tech jacket. This year it’s a sweatshirt. The price is a little steep at $48. You do get chocolate at the end which is always a good incentive in my book. Currently, you can vote on which snack (rice krispies, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, etc) is the perfect pairing for chocolate. Is there a “all of the above” option?

Color Run – April 6, 2013 – 5K

They finally added the date to the Dallas event! This race is supposedly the “happiest” run ever, so I’m looking forward to some serious grin action with my best buds on this one. I doubt I’ll go for any PR, but it’ll be a lot of fun anyway.

King Tut Triathlon – April 14, 2013 – Sprint Triathlon/My First Tri

Yes, you read that right. A Triathlon! The cool thing about this race is newbies can choose to register for the My First Tri. This version consists of a 300 meter swim, 5.5 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run. The sprint triathlon includes a 500 meter swim, 11 mile bike ride and a 5K run. It’s definitely an achievable goal to start with the shorter distance, but I can’t say I haven’t thought about the legit sprint race. I know I could do it.

So that leads us nearing into summer and that’s a whole different ball game. What’s on your race schedule?

It goes without saying that this race was by far the most memorable and worthwhile. We were all there to support Andrew (the guy in the yellow sleeves). We were all there to show colon cancer to the door and to make sure the door hit it on the way out.

Earlier this week, I checked online for our status for top fundraising team. My heart dropped a little when I saw that not only were we second, but the top team had just donated $1,000. How were we going to raise over $1,000 in less than a week? I wanted this recognition for Andrew and for all others fighting. I grabbed my credit card and added my contribution then I grabbed the phone and started contacting anyone willing to help. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one in our team gunning for that top spot. I couldn’t have done it alone. It certainly reads truth to our motto this entire time, “No one fights alone!”

I couldn’t have imagined the outpouring. As I checked hour after hour as the week went by, I was flabbergasted at how quickly we were gaining on the top team. We were doing this for such a good cause and it was such a relief that others were willing to help.

The day of the race arrived and Joe and I were up at 6 a.m. Packet pick-up was at the race site, so it was a quick breakfast and we were out the door. I nearly had a tiny panic attack when we ran into two traffic accidents on the way there with one being a serious parking lot backup.

We arrived about 30 minutes before race time. I put my Team Andrew shirt on and grabbed my Undy 5000 underwear. We were looking pretty darn good.

Check out that colon in the background. You could walk through the tunnel and educate yourself on colon diseases.

After a quick warm up jog, potty break and pictures, we were ready to run this thing. But before we could run, we had to be sure we were still top fundraising team. We ended up taking the lead late Friday afternoon. Woohoo! The other teams noticed and tried to overtake us to no avail. We raised more than I had thought we could. It was so awesome to hear the MC say that Team Andrew had taken 1st place. Such a perfect way to start the race.

Thank you to all those that donated! It was greatly appreciated and we couldn’t have done it without you.

To give you an idea, on Monday, we had raised about $2,100. By Tuesday, Nothing BUTT fun! had raised the additional $1,000 ($3,200 was their total) that took us to serious fundraising mode. By Friday afternoon, we had overtaken them by about $20. Considering they could easily take us, we kept at it and by Saturday morning, we crossed over the $3,500 mark. I’m so proud of all the efforts this team has done to make this happen. Couldn’t have been more happier about the results. These other teams did a seriously awesome job, too!

On to the race.

It’s more fun to run with someone so I grabbed my running buddy, Sarah, and we were off.

Remember how I was having a 34 minute 5K slump. The entire race, I kept thinking about the number 33. I had my new Garmin running watch (post about this coming soon) and I knew what pace I needed to keep. I made sure to not go out of the starting line too fast. This trips up a lot of eager runners. It’s easy to do with all the adrenaline and excitement.

It was a beautiful run. We ran right by White Rock Lake for most of the race. Most of the trail was nice and flat. I checked my watch occasionally and at mile 2 we were sitting at about 22 minutes. Perfect. I know I can do a 10 ish minute/mile. As we came around the final curve, I realized we had to head up a decent size hill to cross the finish line. I was glad that I didn’t waste all my energy, but I wasn’t looking forward to that trek. I nearly slowed to a fast walk, but when I saw the time right at 33 minutes I knew I was going to push myself to the finish. It wasn’t beautiful and I’m pretty sure I lost my entire form getting up it, but I crossed the finish line at 33:11. Bam! The 34 minute curse is OVER!

And just for proof…

After a quick swig of water, I walked over to the sidelines to cheer on the rest of the racers. Andrew seriously impressed us with a time of 41 minutes. This man just started his second (and hopefully last) round of chemo. He is one seriously amazing inspiration.

One of my favorite parts of the day is when the race organizers asked any survivors present to step forward and be recognized. Andrew got up on stage and received a medal with the rest of the colon cancer survivors. I can’t say I had dry eyes at the moment. Andrew and his family have been through so much this year. I’m so glad the outcome has been positive, but not everyone gets so lucky. It was a very emotional moment.

Oh and to end this post on a high note, the “costumes” were great. Some people really did run in their underwear while others got a little bit creative.

Happy Monday!

Dear week, you were seriously rough on my emotions. I think I hit 95 different forms of emotion within 5 days. Not cool. Dear work, you toy with my emotions as well. Quit that, will you? The happy hour on Wednesday was nice though. Dear Apollo, your new baby brother, Zeus, is coming in 8 days. Get ready. You’ll never be alone again. Muwhahahaha! Dear Joseph, thanks for dealing with my crappy emotions especially the other night when I refused to get up and take my dishes to the sink. Dear everyone, I’m soliciting your help to be the top fundraising team for the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K. We’re in second place! If you’re feeling generous, donate here. Mucho appreciated. Dear wedding planning, you’re very slow going. My poor decision-making skills really don’t help either. Dear Friday, thank you so very much for making an appearance. You were a little late, but better late than never. And last but not least… Dear Garmin Forerunner 10, I love you. You’re simple without all the crazy features of other running watches. You’re perfect for me. Link up with me here.

One of the first things we did after getting engaged was put a guest list together. It seemed like one of the easiest wedding planning to-dos, but I had a couple stipulations. I want the wedding to be only close family and friends. Our wedding will be an intimate celebration as we celebrate the combining of two families into one. We’re not looking for enough of people to fill Jerry World (Cowboys Stadium). I kept telling Joe that I didn’t want to be introduced to one (or many) of his family members at our reception and vice versa. That would seem like a very strange place for quick introductions.

It wasn’t hard adding the people to the list. What was hard was really sticking to those stipulations. I noticed how easy it was to just start adding people to the list. We could easily have 150 guests, but we wouldn’t get the intimate feel we were going for. My other problem involved my conscience. I know some people may be disappointed when the invites go out and they don’t receive one. Once again, I thought of the type of vibe that I wanted for our wedding. An intimate wedding celebration.

After all was said and done, we decided at a comfortable 75 guests. This isn’t set in stone and when we originally made the list it totaled 62 people. I’m down for that number, too. I have to say, not having a ton of friends made this list fairly easy. We’ve had friendships that have lasted many years, even decades. Those are the right people we want in attendance. Luckily, neither of our families are very big. The 75 guest count is what we’ve been telling our venues and it’s the right number for a celebration AND an intimate atmosphere.

Stay tuned for some more Wedding Wednesday posts. We’ve been venue shopping and I’ve gotten a much better feel of what I do and don’t want. Whew! Wedding planning is hard work.