Friday Favs and Tips

Happy Friday! I’m so excited for this weekend, actually every weekend ha! I hope everyone had a great week and that you all have some fun weekend plans. Let’s have some fun with some favorites and some tips.

1. Ever heard of crock pot liners?? Well you all know I’m pretty obsessed with my crock pot and it’s mostly due to these liners. The cleanup is sooo easy. Compared to the scrubbing and torture when I forget to buy more. Look for them in the aisle that has tin foil. They are the best!

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2. Seeing J with little kids. We got to watch this sweetheart the other morning and J was loving it. When we got in the car I put her car seat on the opposite side of the car as J and he was so upset that I didn’t put her in the middle. He wanted to be able to hold her hand, so cute!

he’s got a smoothie stash=)
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3. Afternoon cuddle sesh with my boy while we watch Casper. I LOVED/LOVE this movie growing up. It was so fun watching it with J.

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4. Whenever my bananas are getting too brown and I don’t feel like baking banana bread I throw them into a smoothie or freezer(to make into a smoothie later). Yesterday I had some strawberries and bananas that had seen better days. Ta da! Banana strawberry smoothie=)

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5. If you have a Kneaders near you, you must try the apple bread pudding. It was amazing!! (This is a tip and a fav ha)

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6. This quote, I love it!

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Have a great weekend!

what’s your favorite Halloween movie?

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Popcorn for dinner is the best kind of night


wednesday- 3 mile hilly walk with my mom

Yesterday morning was a chilly crisp morning. I LOVE those kind of mornings, they’re perfect for running. I was so tempted to run, but since I’m trying to cut back and give my body rest I called my mom and asked if I could go on her walk with her.

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We even had matching Costco leggings=)

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After our walk, I got J and I ready and then picked up my mom and sister to head north. My sister Neeley’s bday is this weekend so we wanted to go out to lunch and spoil her a bit. She really is the best of the best.

Not sure where I’m looking…

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Neeley had never been to Zupas so of course we had to show her what she’s missing. I got my usual, enchilada chili and honey cilantro sandwich.

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I rarely buy food for J at restaurants because he won’t eat it. So, we pack fruit, pbj’s and snacks. Here’s his funny face!

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Where we ate, Station Park, is a great shopping center and has a great play ground. I love when shopping centers have a fun play ground you can reward your kids with after you’ve shopped. I REALLY love it when they have a splash pad, I wish there were more around.

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We said our goodbyes and then headed home. We had a nice chill night with Josh and I didn’t even cook dinner! I made some popcorn, J had yogurt, and Josh had some of his Asian noodles we got last week. I love those kind of nights=)
popcorn with a side of crazy J

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We watched my nephew Mason too and J had a blast playing with him and trying to do his hair haha

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when is your birthday?

how often do you wash your hair? I recently went 3 days without washing my hair(most ever) and it was killing me. Tell me your secrets!

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New babies are the beesstt

Yay, it’s Wednesday! I love Wednesday’s a) Josh works from home b) we made it half way through the week!

But let’s not dismiss Tuesday too quickly, it was actually a great day to see friends. My friend Amanda(she lives in TX now) came to visit and so we all went out to Kneaders. Let’s just say 3 running kids, a baby, and a crowded restaurant isn’t the best ingredients for a nice afternoon catch up with friends haha Luckily, we did get a few words in and now I NEED Amanda to just move back already.

Me, Liz, Luke, Jackson, Amanda, Addie, Shaylin and baby Ty

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These boys were a hoot together!

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Since we were in the area, so of course we had to stop and see Whit=) The boys had fun ‘playing’ soccer in the backyard, while we got to catch up. Sisters are good for the soul, I’m so glad I blessed with wonderful sister in laws too.

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We got home late and J fell asleep on the way and continued to sleep while I got dinner ready and watched some Netflix. After Josh got home from work I ran some dinner to my friend Kendall who just had a beautiful baby girl. You forget how tiny they are, I just wanted to snuggle her all night! Too precious.

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If you haven’t held a newborn in awhile and you’re feeling grumpy I highly recommend it;)

tell me something awesome about your wednesday!

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Monday’s should always be a party and dressing up

My week started off great yesterday. I think it should be mandatory that every Monday start with a party of any kind. Yesterday J’s friend had her 3rd birthday party and it was Halloween themed. Everyone got to dress up and enjoy all the fun Halloween foods my friend Alicia made( do you see all that craftiness?).

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The kids had a blast playing in their costumes, but when it came down to taking a picture together most were just not having it. J and of course loved posing for the camera ha

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J was Bumble Bee the Transformer

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How can a Monday go wrong when it starts out with bulging muscles and coloring??

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Later, we met my sisters and mom at my house. My sister needed to borrow my washer and dryer so of course we made a party out of it.

J was in heaven playing and exploring outside all day with his OLDER cousin who he adores.

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I made the easiest dinner on the planet(and it easily makes a lot too) for everyone. Are you sensing a theme here? I love quick, easy, and delicious dinners ha I’ve already talked about chicken salsa crock pot tacos here.

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My dad was a great helper=)

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I loved that they both had their weapons on the table…so boy haha

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That night, we played Yahtzee for family night. It’s one of J’s favorites to play and Josh and I really love it too.

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if every Monday was a party what kind would you want it to be?

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sweet chicken crock pot recipe and painting pumpkins


friday- 3 miles on TM



Another weekend of some fun fall activites. I’ve said it before and I’ll prob say it a million more times…fall is the BEST in UT. The weather is perfect and this weekend we tried to take advantage of it.
Friday we woke up early to meet at my MIL’s house.On the way J and I stopped at a park because the colors on the mountain were so pretty. I’m no professional so the pictures don’t even show how bright they were, but I did capture J and he’s pretty cute;)

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Had to get one with his boots. He LOVES his Toy Story boots=)

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My SIL Whit met us at Lee Ann’s to paint some pumpkins with our boys.They were both very focused on painting them just right.

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Seriously, do you see his chubby little arm? I die!

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After, we chatted in the driveway while the boys rode bikes, played in the dirt, and ate some Popsicles.

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That night I made one of my favorite fall recipes. It’s so easy since it’s a crock pot recipe. All you need is:

chicken breast or pork chops(one for each person, frozen is fine too). Josh doesn’t like pork, so we used chicken.

1 yellow onion chopped and peeled

2 green apples chopped

brown sugar to taste

a dash of salt and pepper

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You put all of those ingredients in the crock pot on low for 5 hours, or high for 3 hours. Serve with sweet potatoes. Such an easy healthy dinner that tastes so good! The chicken is so moist and sweet. I love how the onion and green apples taste together, all very yummy!

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Saturday J and were back outside raking leaves. He loves playing in them and I love watching him. We played for a solid hour before we went inside to warm up.

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We put some more Halloween decor up, went to the Asian market to get some ramen Josh has been craving since we were in Tokyo, and Josh watched the BYU game while I went and did my nails with my mom and sister.

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Sunday was the usual church, nap, and dinner with family. This week my mom invited us to dinner. J was such a gentleman and helped with the dishes after(smearing mashed potatoes on everything with a sponge, so helpful ha).

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On a running note- this weekend was the Haunted Half I’ve ran every year since they started it. I’m so sad I missed out but I’ve loved seeing all the pics. I’ve decided to take a step back from running races this year to give my body a break. It has been SO hard! So, I need to live vicariously through all of you, tell me about your training and races!

what’s your goals fitness wise this week?

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random thankful post, wordy and mushy


thursday-3 miles on TM

Yes, another 3 mile run on the good ol’ treadmill. I’m running a lot less and incorporating more strength/cross training these days. I hope you guys aren’t too bored of me because stay tuned I’ve got some fun new workouts coming your way! I didn’t forget about my hot yoga experience and how I was going to share with you my tips so be patient my friends=)

Yesterday was one of those really awesome days. I’ve been having a lot of those lately where I think to myself, ” if this is my life for the rest of forever I’m okay with that.” We all have hard days/weeks/months/years but I truly believe that it’s how we react in those situations that help us become who we want to be. I’m learning that life is so much more enjoyable if we make today happy and stop hoping for better tomorrows. If today is what forever is like for me, then I need to find happiness in that. I have a lot to be happy for, so it’s not hard to count my blessings but can be hard to remember to. For example, currently I’m writing my blog and J and Josh are right above me stomping their feet and chanting the Olympic Theme Song. I’m not sure what’s going on up there but I can be grateful my boys have so much fun together haha.
little sneak peak of our family photos my SIL Whit took. She’s amazing and I can’t wait to see more!

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So that leads me to a random thankful post on a Friday:)

I’m thankful for the beautiful weather UT has been having. My mom goes on walks daily. After we got back from Singapore J kept saying, “Everyone needs a little fresh air mom, let’s go on a walk.” I knew he got that from my mom while she watched him and it’s so true. Fresh air does a body good.
Yesterday my mom took the grand kids on a hike

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I’m thankful for family lunch dates. Yesterday we picked Josh up from work and ate at Zuppas and even got a giant chocolate cake that we all shared.

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and yes I did get the biggest bowl of soup…it was delicious

I’m thankful for tender moments with J. There are times as a mother that I feel absolutely insane. Those moments where he comes and snuggles up to me and grabs my hand with those dimpled fingers melts my heart. I’m seriously going to cry when he has no ‘baby’ left on him.

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I’m thankful for uplifting scriptures.

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And of course I’m thankful for running. Everyone and their dog knows how I feel about that.

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what are you thankful for today?

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Wacky Wednesday and a Mystery



Does it count as a workout if you stay in your workout clothes most of the day?? I mean I was doing yard work and cleaning…

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The minute I raked up all those leaves there were a billion more ha I don’t even know why I try.

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This little guy has been collecting said leaves and hiding them in the house. I’m so glad I vacuumed haha

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Costco pizza is the best dinner idea ever.

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Costco leggings are also the most comfortable pants ever. Only $14! I’ll be living in them for the rest of forever, don’t judge me.

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This is a pic of me when I was in 1st grade(I think) and J now(3 yrs old). He’s got  my little eyes and my squishy nose=)

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The mystery of all mysteries!!! 99% of my shirts have a tiny hole towards the bottom front of my shirt. I was convinced we had a moth that only liked my shirts and only liked to take a tiny bite out of the front but then all my sisters and mom have them on their shirts too. We think it’s because we lean against the counter when we cook or do dishes and our jean button rubs on it. Any guesses? Do you have the same problem?

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tell me your wacky Wednesday!

ever had Costco pizza or hot dogs?

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Amazing Pure Barre Discount and cocoa


tuesday-pure barre with Brittany and Kim

Last night I went to a Pure Barre class with Brittany and Kim. It seriously kicks my trash every time! I love using different equipment, the bar, and my own body weight to build muscle. It’s so much different than any other class. I love that I’m strengthening my core, booty, and legs…all target areas to improve running!

Mine and Brittany’s sad attempt at one of the moves that killed us last night.haha
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If you live in UT you are in for a real treat! Stephanie, the owner at Pure Barre is offering Sugar Plum Runner readers an AMAZING DISCOUNT!!

If you want to try your first class free(normally $10) just mention my blog when you go.

If you want to purchase 10 classes you can get them for $55 (normally $150!!) mention my blog at the time of purchase. The offer will end the end of November.

If you’ve been wanting to try Pure Barre out, now’s your chance. It’s located on 280 East 123rd Suite 104(right by Joanne’s Fabric) in Draper.


Yesterday we woke up and it was pretty chilly. We turned on a heater, and made pancakes and of course some cocoa. J has been asking ever since we bought it on Monday. The cocoa motion did not dissapoint and neither did our chocolate pancakes.

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I dropped J off at preschool, and then was pretty lazy. It was great to just have a day where I wasn’t rushing around. I picked J up and we had lunch at my mom’s. I had a banana with peanut butter, yogurt, and lots of cinnamon bears=) J had mac n cheese(so easy when you’re on the go), and some raisins.

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On our way home we even spied some snow in the mountains! Time to get ready for winter.

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favorite cocoa flavor?

favorite workout outfit? nike capris

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Black Island Pumpkin Patch

**I’m hosting a Jamberry party on Facebook tonight at 8:30pm(Utah MST time). If you’re interested in getting some deals, winning prizes or seeing what they’re about friend request me on FB(Sharsti Steveson Scott) and I’ll add you to the party.**


monday- 3 miles TM inlcline + arm workout

Yesterday morning I woke up early(for me) and got my workout in before my boys were out of bed. I’ve been trying to focus on my arms lately because I feel like they are the hardest muscle group to show improvement on my body. Any tips??

I did a .5 mile with no incline(faster pace)

.5 mile incline @ 1.5% (slower pace)  for 3 miles.

This is like the only angle it looks like it has muscle, trust me haha

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Since Josh had the day off we spend the day cleaning/organizing our garage and doing yard work. Josh did the yard work, and I did what I do best, organize!

Me and J took a load of stuff to Savers(where you can donate clothes, furniture, etc) and then went grocery shopping. J was so excited to get cocoa haha We finally made it home, J took a nap and then we headed up to my sister Neeley’s for dinner, doughnuts, and our annual pumpkin patch family night.

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This year is was crazy crowded. We’ve never been when we’ve had to wait in any lines, it was a mad house.

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The kids had fun and weren’t bugged by crowds, but we were all pretty bummed we didn’t get to go on the hay ride.

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Usually you take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkin, but the wait was over an hour! So, we just picked an already picked pumpkin out of the bin. It was fun to get some cool colored ones.

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We all had fun going down all the slides, tire swings, and the bounce house.

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Of course the corn maze was fun too, my nephew Max always does a great job of getting us out of there ha.

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Grandma with some of the grand kids(I forgot to adjust my camera, sorry it’s dark!)
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I love this time of year because all the traditions and family time. I can’t wait for Halloween!

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are you carving or painting pumpkins?

what’s your favorite kind of doughnut?

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Alpine Slide and Boo Barn



Saturday- 3 miles on TM +shoulder workout


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This weekend has been such a blast(and continuing since Josh has today off!). For the first time in a long time we didn’t have anything planned on Saturday. We took advantage of it and headed up to Park City. UT is so incredibly gorgeous in the fall. If you ever get the random chance to visit UT go during the month of October and go to Park City. There’s really fun summer activities in PC like the Apline slide, zip line, coaster,  mtn. bike trials, and trampoline bungee jumping.

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We chose to do the Alpine Slide since J couldn’t fit on anything else. You take a lift up the mountain and then drag your sled a few yards.

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It was so pretty and we had fun looking at the colors and enjoying the sun on our faces, okay maybe some of us weren’t ha

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J chose to go with Josh(I know rude) and we raced. You have control of how fast you go with a red lever in the middle. We both were cruisin, and I couldn’t stop laughing. We were neck and neck the whole way, but I tried to get a pic of them barreling down the hill(I really regret not being able to) and they beat me in the in the end.

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Before the slides we ate at one of our favorites, Free Birds and got burritos.

After we did the slide we headed home and took the scenic route. Oh my word!!! It was so vibrant with colors it was truly breathtaking. I love UT mountains.

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J fell asleep on our way home…while eating ha

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Backing up to Friday, J and I headed to the Boo Barn at Thanksgiving Point. It wasn’t quite like last year, but J still loves the horses! My sister Bree and friends Jordan and Alicia came along too. It was beautiful weather but a bit crowded and didn’t have all the Halloween stuff out. I guess we’ll just have to go again;)

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Friday night we went out with Josh’s parents to Chili’s. I always think I’ll like, but I’m never happy with what I get at Chili’s. J on the other hand LOVED what he got. All he wanted was a corn on the cob and they had it haha He was so excited and he went to eat and dropped it on the floor. Luckily they brought us another one and he devoured it.

He was happy I swear, he’s just mid chewing ha

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Sunday we went to church, ate cookies, watched a movie together and as always just enjoyed relaxing.

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what’s your favorite restaurant?

what are you currently training for?

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