Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Are You Colorful? Color Me Rad 5K Discount Code!

This is me at the Fort Worth Color Me Rad last year

I am a Color Me Rad ambassador! What does that mean? It just means that the nice people at Color Me Rad have provided me with a free entry into the Dallas 5K run in exchange for blog posts about the event. For me, it is a win-win. I ran the Fort Worth Color Me Rad last year and it was a lot of fun...but I made one giant mistake. I ran it alone. D'uh! Who runs a fun run alone?!? I missed the whole point. This isn't the kind of run where you are trying to beat your personal record (it is not even timed). This is the kind of run where you round up your closest running buddies (and try to convert non-running buddies) and get out there, get colorful, and have fun. You can run it or you can walk it, either way you come out on the other side looking like you got in a wrestling match with Rainbow Bright.

So won't you help me redeem myself? I am doing it right this year. I am rounding up friends and readers (same thing, right?) and building a team to run the Dallas Color Me Rad 5K on October 26, 2013 for the 9:20am wave. Will you join our team in Dallas? Let me know in the comments and choose the 'Running with Ollie Blog" team when you register.

If you are not in the Dallas area, I am sure you can play too. Click this link to see if a Color Me Rad 5K is coming to your town.

The best part? They gave me a discount code for 20% off any Color Me Rad 5K around the country! Hurry though, the discount code expires 8/1/13.  

Enter "RADFUN" when you register and you will receive 20% off!

The cost is $30 for the "Get it Cheap Registration" until 8/16/13, so with the 20% discount code the registration will only be $24! But you have to do it by 8/1/13 to get the discount!

If you want to read about my experience running the Fort Worth Color Me Rad last year, you can read about it here.

Have you ever run a color run? Are you planning one this year? Will you join my "Running with Ollie Blog" team in Dallas?

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Active in Fort Worth Series: Fun on the Trinity River



Welcome to my new blog series about active things to do in Fort Worth. I love the idea that exercise doesn't have to feel like exercise. Remember when you were a kid and you ran around the neighborhood, pedaling everywhere you went, climbing trees, and racing your best friend to the top of the stairs? You didn't realize it then, but you were exercising. Exercise doesn't have to be boring or so formal. I love the idea of doing the kind of fun stuff that burns calories, that gets you moving, but has nothing to do with a formal training plan. I am going to try some new fun activities around my town as way to supplement my formal training and blog about them as part of a new series: Active in Fort Worth. If you are new to exercising, these are great ways to just get out there and get moving. And if you are reading from somewhere else on this great planet besides Fort Worth, TX, I am sure with a quick internet search you can find similar activities in your own hometown.

The first edition of the series is about our adventures on the Trinity river. We went canoeing this weekend! I haven't been on a canoe since my teenage years at my Grandmother's camp in Tionesta, Pennsylvania.

I recruited a couple friends for a day trip excursion and we set out for Backwoods Kayak and Canoe Rentals in Fort Worth, but it wasn't exactly located in the backwoods since they are literally located in the booming metropolis of downtown Fort Worth.

A quick drive downtown and we were loading in. We set out to rent kayaks but there were three of us and they didn't have three kayaks available. You can not make reservations and it is first come first serve. We agreed to a canoe which would seat all three of us in the same boat. 

I had to laugh a few times when we would say the following things in the purest literal sense of the statements:
 
"We are all in the same boat."
"Don't rock the boat!"
"You're going to miss the boat."

It was $20 for an hour to rent the canoe and they provided life jackets and quick instruction. We rowed out about thirty minutes, turned around and rowed back. It was surprisingly cool for a July afternoon in Texas. We were lucky to have overcast skies and a light breeze. It felt much cooler on the water than it did on the land.

This place was pretty happening on a Sunday afternoon, but not overcrowded at all. We saw a lot of families out there being active together! It was great.


A staff member helped us get into the boat, showed us some quick techniques and we were off!


I had to turn around really slowly to snap this picture of Cathy and Hallie, as to not rock the boat.


New friends on the river in a two person kayak. "Smile, you are going to be on my blog!"




They also had paddle boats and I think next time I want to try to peddle my way down the Trinity river, because after an hour my arms and shoulders were getting tired from all the rowing. Let's give my legs a chance to get tired next time.


We past a couple of people in the single person kayaks.


Hallie turned us around at the thirty minute mark. I have almost zero navigation skills. She kept us on point the whole trip making sure we didn't hit any other boats or paddle boarders.


Here we are at the turn around. I surely would have ran into the rocks had I been in charge of steering. I can barely steer my car.


I think the stand up paddle boards looked fun too (although I have a fear of falling in the Trinity river and growing an extra eye). This guy was out there on the stand up paddle board with his young daughter! How sweet.


We turned around and pointed back towards downtown Fort Worth.


Back to shore, posing for the picture.


I think that for $20 for three people, this was a  fun, inexpensive, active excursion. I thought one hour was the perfect amount of time, but of course, you could always pay more if you want to be out on the river for a longer period of time. The staff was fun, helpful, and knowledgeable, and we had a great experience.

I can't wait to get back out there! Did you do anything active this weekend? Stay tuned for more Fort Worth adventures, and who knows, I might even venture off to that far away land they call Dallas.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Running as Therapy

I had a bad day.

A doozy. I won't go into detail but let's just say my day was stressful on a professional and a personal level. The personal issue was the one that was really getting to me.

I got home from work and wiped the mascara stains off my face. I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement with Hubby. As we silently ran through the neighborhood streets, my problems seemed to melt away. The farther I ran, the further away I was from my worries. My mind cleared and the negatively was stomped out under my running shoes.

I finished my run with a renewed sense of clarity. I didn't even think about my problems during the run, but afterwards everything seemed to change. The problem didn't go away. I was still sad about the situation, but I had a whole new perspective. Everything was just a little bit better. I have a feeling as more time and miles pass, I won't even remember what I was so upset about in the first place.





Running is therapeutic (and so is writing, so thank you for reading).

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's in Your Fridge? A Link Party


Don't you just love this chalkboard refrigerator? It belongs to my incredibly creative, artsy, and talented BFF. She just bought a house and there was an old white fridge in the kitchen. She thought she wanted to replace it soon, so she decided to experiment with chalkboard paint. It turned out so cute that she doesn't want to buy a new fridge anymore! And because she is so artsy and awesome, she agreed to decorate her fridge for my link up party.

What's in your fridge? Dare you share? Show us the good, the bad, and the ugly moldy! We want to see the real deal from our favorite blogger's refrigerators! Tell us what you love, what you always have on hand, and expose your not-so-secret-anymore indulgences! What foods do you eat to fuel those workouts? What can't you live without? Are you on a certain diet or eating plan? Share away! We want to peak inside your fridge. I'd love it if you would add your link below.

OK, fair is fair. I can't ask you to show me yours without first giving you a glimpse into my own fridge. I have to tell you that I considered moving those Gatorades and the iced-tea out of the shot, because they are technically Hubby's drinks, but I decided that we are being real here. This isn't a contest on who's fridge has the healthiest foods. This is our fridge, the way it looks today in real life. There is always room for improvement and it maybe definitely could use a good scrubbing.




Staples on my grocery list and in my refrigerator include:
  • almond milk
  • 2% milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • eggs
  • string cheese
  • sparkling water
  • plenty of fruits and veggies
So, do tell.  What is in your fridge?  Please add your link below and check out some of the other links.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Motivational Monday and Handana Winner Announcement!

Good Morning! Happy Monday everyone! How did your training go this weekend? I managed nine hot, humid, sweaty miles with the Fort Worth Running Company training group for the Dallas marathon. It felt great to get up early and get it done, but it wiped me out for the rest of the day. I think I need to work harder on fuel and nutrition. It will probably make a big difference in my energy levels after the run.

I had a lot of time to think out there during nine miles and this thought crossed my mind.



When I am running, I really feel like me. Even if it is hard, even if it sucks, even if I have exercise-induced coughing fits (yeah, that happens now), when I hit the pavement I become me. And when I neglect running for too long, there is something missing and I feel like I lose a part of myself. Running is not something that I do. It is big part of who I am.  

Without further ado, I am excited to announce the winner of my Handana giveaway! I'd like to thank Handana for sponsoring this giveaway and everyone who entered. 

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Congratulations Gigi! Look for an email from me for instructions to receive your prize.

If you did not win this time, and you just can't live without a Handana, you can learn more about them by clicking here.

Thanks everyone for playing!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Guess Who was Mentioned in Runner's World?

Bart Yasso. Just kidding. ME. And truth be told, it wasn't exactly in Runner's World, but I was mentioned in an article on www.runnerworld.com

This morning after my long training run for the Dallas marathon, I was back in bed under the covers recovering as I was scrolling my Facebook feed on my phone. I clicked on an article from www.runnersworld.com titled "97 Ways to Run a Personal Record," because who doesn't want to read more about how to earn a new PR? It turns out it was a collection of responses to a question they asked on their FB page.


So just imagine my shock and surprise when I saw my own name staring back at me! 
 
I'm not sure exactly when I gave this answer, but had I realized it was going to be used for a Runner's World article online, I think I would have crafted a more thorough response. I thought I was just playing along to a FaceBook request from a Runner's World status and casually typed in my answer from my phone.

I see so many runners shying away from weight training their legs because they don't want to be sore and mess up their run schedule. The truth is that you may be sore at first if you are not used to weight training your legs, but ultimately strength training helped me become a better, much faster runner. For me, stronger legs were faster legs. I absolutely credit my PRs to weight training (and yes, hill repeats). Quote that Runner's World!

It was nice being mentioned in a Runner's World article, I just wonder when they will put me on their cover? I'll be waiting by the phone.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What the Heck is Mezamashii?

I got an email this week from Runner's World about a pretty cool Instagram contest that Runner's World is doing with Mizuno.
"The next time you find yourself in the midst of a sensational, energized, mezamashii run, take a picture and upload it to Twitter or Instagram. Or if you’d rather, you can upload a video to Instagram or Vine. Just use the hashtag #mezamashiirun. You could win a trip to the destination of your choice to meet the Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World, Bart Yasso. So start snapping those pictures. And keep searching for mezamashii."
Sounds great, right? But, what the heck is mezamashii? I had to look it up. Mezamashii is a Japanese word that means "brilliant" or "eye-opening." Mizuno says that it’s a word that captures the euphoric feeling of a brilliant run. Now I get it.


I love my Mizunos that I bought at Fort Worth Running Company.


A brilliant run for me? It is not always about my surroundings, but it helps. Running along the ocean in Huntington Beach was amazingly brilliant. Running past the Alamo in San Antonio while my best friend cheered me on from the side lines at the San Antonio Rock 'n Roll half was brilliant. Running in the cool air of San Diego on vacation in August always feels brilliant. Even the scenic trails along the Trinity River in good 'ol Fort Worth can be pretty brilliant.

But the real brilliance of a run for me is when it is effortless and energized, no matter where I am. It is when my mind, body, and soul all come together for a perfect run. It is when my legs have a mind of their own because my own mind is off in some other land.  It is when my heart is pumping and my legs feel as light as air. It is when I have six miles on the schedule but I do eight because I don't want this (brilliant) feeling to end. It could happen at a race or during my regular route around the neighborhood. Part of the beauty of a brilliant run is that it can hit you at any time.

Now, I am not sure I can capture that brilliant feeling in a photo for Instagram. As a matter of fact, after looking through my pictures, I struggled to find a single picture of any of the scenic brilliant runs I described above, because most of the time, in the midst of a brilliant run, the last thing I would want to do is stop and take a picture. But who says you have to stop?

This reminded me of that silly movie where Zooey Deschanel taught a jogging-photography class. I Googled it to find the name of the movie (Yes Man) and by gosh, this is a real thing all over the internet. People actually run and take pictures. Jogging-photography isn't about jogging and stopping to snap a picture with your iPhone when you see something photo worthy. It is running with your real camera and snapping pictures as you go, blurr and all. Hilarious! And I thought this was just something that was made up for a silly Jim Carrey movie. Or maybe it is a case of life imitating art (that is if you consider a Jim Carrey movie an art).


 
While I am unlikely to take up running-photography in order to capture my mezamashii, I will try be more aware of my beautiful surroundings as I run to see if I have another #mezamashirrun photo up my sleeve. Of course, I will stop to take the picture.

As runners aren't we always on the ultimate hunt for a mezamashii run anyway? Because even the best of runners have bad days, but we keep chasing that runner's high that results from a brilliant run.

If you have a #Mezamashiirun photo and want to enter the Mizuno contest, just head over to http://mezamashiirun.com/ for all the details. I'd love to see your pictures too. Please feel free to tag @runningwithollie on Instagram or @GeaLenders on Twitter with your #mezamashiirun photos.

I hope your next run is a brilliant one.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Handana Review, a Limerick, and a Giveaway!


Disclosure: I was provided a Handana free of charge for the purpose of a blog review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give it a positive review. 



"There once was a girl from Savanna

Whose sweat would soak her bandana.

She couldn’t keep dry,


Sweat blinded her eyes,
 
Until she discovered Handana!"

If you a regular reader of my blog, you might have noticed that I like to write silly poems. I am not actually from Savanna, but if I changed the words to "There once was a girl from Pittsburgh," it wouldn't quite work out the same. At least I didn't write one about Nantucket.

It's summer in Texas. It's hot here, y'all. I don't actually ever say y'all, I'm from Pittsburgh, remember? We say Yinz. As you may know, I am training for the Dallas marathon in December. Marathon training in the Texas heat has many challenges and sweat tops the list. I think I sweat more than normal people, or maybe normal people don't run when it is over 90 degrees outside, but I literally drip with salty sweat and it causes a real problem. I have enough things burning on those hot runs, my eyes don't need to be one of them.

A running coach in my training group suggested carrying a small towel to wipe the sweat. What? Maybe it is just me, but I need to run hands-free. When I see people running with their water bottles, their keys, or holding their iPod, I always feel sorry for them. I do not want to even carry a rag. I don't want to carry anything in my hands. I certainly don't need a towel flopping around.

Of course, there are other solutions to this problem. But is this really a solution? I think not.

1980 called, it wants it's headband back.


Then Bret Michaels called, he wants his bandana back.

Maybe I am vain, but bandanas and sweat bands on my head are just not for me. Forgive me for wanting to be more fashionable than that. This is why I was excited to learn about Handana! It is a sweatband that you wear on your hand. It is pink (actually it comes in a lot of colors)! I can look cute and wipe my sweat? I love this adorable, functional, fitness fashion accessory for my runs! It is made of soft, durable fabric, so I can easily wipe away the sweat (and nasal drip) as I run.



I tried it for the first time at my Dallas marathon training group run. It was hot out there! The Handana was comfortable and light weight, I almost forgot it was there at first. It was handy (yeah, I think I'm funny) for wiping my sweat for those first few miles. After mile five it got too wet and I had to take it off.  I would recommend it for shorter runs around 3-5 miles and I think it would be perfect for things like Yoga. You know, when the sweat is dripping off your forehead onto your Yoga mat, making it super slick and your hands slide out from out from underneath you while you are attempting to do a Downward Dog? What? That can't just be me.

I think the thing I like most about Handana, is the inspiring story behind the creator, Katie Niemeyer. Her true passion behind the product is to spread awareness about a rare disease that she survived, called SJS.
SJS stands for Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a rare, but serious condition in which the skin and mucous membranes have a severe reaction to a medication or infection. If you’d like to learn more about SJS and Katie Niemeyer's story and how this disease inspired the creation of the Handana, please click here to read more.

"Our manifesto is to inspire others to cross their finish line no matter where it is in life and to empower others along the way." - Katie Niemeyer.

The best part of all of this is that they generously offered a second black Handana for me to giveaway to you! It is easy to enter, all you have to do is leave a blog post comment and then enter on the Rafflecopter form (plus there are plenty of ways to earn extra entries).

If you don't want to wait to see if you won, you can visit the Handana store and purchase one for a very reasonable price of $15.99

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Contest Rules:

No purchase necessary.
Contest runs from 7/13/13 until 7/20/13.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Winner will receive one black Handana.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form to win.
Prize will ship from Fort Worth, TX and Running with Ollie will pay for shipping.

Good luck and stay dry out there! How do you manage sweat on those hot runs?

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Why I am No Longer Eating Clean

Howdy. Yes, I live in Texas. We say howdy here. Just kidding. Welcome to another installment of Throwback Thursday. This is a once-monthly post where I share a blog entry from the olden days (or last year) that you might have missed the first time around. 

I also take this opportunity to share a throwback picture so you can either laugh at with me at my big hair in the 80's and 90's, or gush at how freakin' adorable I was when I was a toddler. This week, I went with gush.

I look the same, right?


I read an awesome post this week from The T-Rex Runner called, "I eat Dirty, and I like it."  It is a really great post about eating what you want and feeling no-guilt about your choices, even if everyone in your Facebook feed is posting their latest paleo recipes, and all the dinner plate pics on Instagram are of vegan, gluten-free fare. The problem, she explains, is not that someone chooses to eat a certain way, it is the judgement against those who do not. I'll quote from her post:
"So y’all, eat clean if you want. Be paleo. Don’t eat sugar by choice (GOD, WHY?). Go vegan. Only eat fish and things that are purple. I personally don’t care. But if you need me, I’ll be the girl with a craft beer in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other after every marathon, so don’t feel bad if you’re right there with me."
It sort of reminded me of a post I wrote called Why I am No Longer Eating Clean, so I was inspired to share it again for this month's throwback Thursday. My post was about not wanting to push my dietary restrictions (of the time) onto my readers (or anyone, really). I felt that when I once published a list of my good and bad foods, that I made a big mistake because frankly, everyone is different. There are no good and bad foods that apply to everyone. What is good for me, may be bad for you.  What I consider bad for me, might be the highlight of your diet, and that is just fine.

I hope you will check out my post by clicking on the link below and let me know what you think in comments.


Why I am No Longer Eating Clean 

CLICK ME PLEASE!


On a side note, while I was writing this post, I went back over to The T-Rex Runner's blog to get the links and I.Couldn't.Stop.Reading. This post took me much longer to write because I was distracted by her blog for longer than I care to admit. So if you are not following her already, go do it now.


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Nerd Alert: The Jedi Challenge Virtual Run



I am a nerd. Errr...or I married one and then became one myself. My husband's man cave (never to be referred to as a garage) showcases a rather extensive Star Wars collection, which includes action figures (which are never to be referred to as dolls).

One small part of the collection.
Action figures, never (ever) to be referred to as dolls.
Sure, I like Star Wars too. I was born in the 70's. I saw the original Star War movies in the theater as a kid. I have fond memories of playing Princess Leia and the Ewoks in my best friend's back yard. Maybe I always felt a connection to Princess Leia since we practically had the same name and everything. Then my husband, the Star Wars nerd, married a woman named Lea. It was a match made in heaven or in a galaxy far far away, I'm not sure.

While hubby collects Star Wars toys, I collect race bling. I am not going to go as far as to say that I run races only for the race medal, but it is pretty high up there on the list.

So when I saw someone post the race medal for the Jedi Challenge Virtual Run on Instagram, I knew I wanted to add this medal to my collection.  I was sure hubby would be excited about it too.

The beauty of a virtual run is that it can be run any place and at any time. The Jedi Challenge Virtual Run was a fundraising virtual run to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.

I signed up on Active.com and my medal arrived a couple weeks later. It is smaller than a traditional race medal and I am slightly afraid George Lucas (or Disney now, right?) will come beating down my door for purchasing unlicensed products, but I am overall happy with my $20 purchase, especially because ultimately it helped Team in Training fundraising. The official virtual race day is in August, but let's be honest, it doesn't really matter when I officially do my own run...but if you see a crazy lady running down the street in two side buns, it might just be me.

I am sad to report that I just checked it out again and registration for this event on Active.com is now closed, but I will keep my eyes out for similar virtual races and let you know. I heard that on Active.com they often have these sort of nerdy themed fund raising virtual runs.

No, we don't have kids. Yes, we have a stuffed Yoda.

At 2" it is a little smaller than most race medals.

Then, of course, no Running with Ollie blog post is complete without Ollie reluctantly posing for a picture. 

"No, I will NOT look at the camera."


Are you a nerd too?  Do you race for the bling? Do you ever participate in virtual runs? 

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Aquaphor Giveaway Winner Announced!

Oh my gosh! The response to my Aquaphor giveaway was overwhelming! Thanks to everyone who entered, shared the contest on social media, and shared their own gross running stories.

If you haven't seen it yet, I wrote a post called The Things Your Runner Friends Don't Tell You where I highlight some of the reasons that runners are gross!  Aquaphor was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. They provided Aquaphor product to help prevent and heal chafing, a Camelbak water bottle, and a $50 Visa Gift Card.

So, without further ado, the winner of the Aquaphor prize pack is...

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Congratulations Sheena! I will send you an email with the details to claim your prizes!

I invite you to check out Aquaphor on Facebook for more information about preventing and treating chafing. Give them a like.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day Fruit "Cake"


Happy Independence Day

My office just might be the potluck capital of Texas. It seems we have a potluck for everything: birthdays, holidays, celebrations, and possibly the arrival of a new shipment of Post-it notes. I often struggle to come up with the healthy dish for the party (sometimes the only one), so I tend to default to fruit salad. Lea brings the fruit salad. Just automatically pencil me in on the sign-up sheet.

Before I tell you about my contribution to this year's office Fourth of July party, I must warn you first that I do not have a crafty bone in my body. Oh, how I wish I did. I have this desire to be crafty-creative, but not the ability. I love Pinterest and I pin all these cool things that I come across, most of which I will never complete due to my complete lack of ability. My theory is that God can't give you everything, or else one would just get a big head. He allows us to be lacking in some areas to keep us humble. Crafting and singing are my weaknesses. OK, there are a lot more, but let's not go into that now.

I saw this on Pinterest and since I received a mini watermelon in my last Bountiful Baskets haul, I thought it would be a perfect treat for my potluck! No more boring fruit salad!



I was inspired by Pinterest and I was on the look-out for some mini star-shaped cookie cutters for my project when I came across this kit at Wal-Mart in the produce section! It was only $10 and it has a variety of shapes. I was excited! I see many fruit bouquets in my future. In fact, if you know me in real life, this is likely what you are getting for Christmas. Sorry to spoil the surprise.


But as I mentioned, I am a bit craft (and kitchen) deficient so I enlisted the help of my friend to help me cut the watermelon into a cake-like shape. 


Once it resembled a cake, all I had to do was stamp out the star shapes from the ends of the watermelon that we cut off (so easy) and thread the skewers with the blueberries and star shapes. I added strawberries to the side with tooth picks and left the remaining fruit around the cake at the bottom. So easy, even I could do it. 

As a joke, while I was threading the blueberries on the skewers, my friend made a watermelon alien face while she was waiting on me. I thought it would be perfect for a Pinterest "Nailed it" photo. 

The link to the original watermelon cake pin

 But really, it came out looking much cuter than that. Check out my mad crafty skills!



The dessert table

Someone called me an undercover Martha Stewart and that made me laugh since I am the furthest thing from Martha Stewart (insert prison joke here). It was really fun to make my watermelon cake and it was a big hit at the office. 

How are you celebrating Independence Day? What do you bring to the office potluck?

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