March 7, 2013

Thrift store Thursday and a guest post

My friend Hanna at Bouffe e Bambini just had a baby (super congrats!), so I wrote a guest post for her today. Check it out here. It's more about life and less about running.

And I have a little thrift store inspirational story to share. Cue the concerto. 

Once I was looking for some cleats for my daughter and found some at Target for $20, but they were one size too big so I was going to have to perform an exchange. The very next day I found the exact same pair of cleats at the thrift store for $2, in the right size. I believe in the magic of thrift store shopping. 

Today's my turn to teach in our preschool co-op, so I'll be quizzing kids on the alphabet and building playdough castles all day and taking an official rest/for-real-do-no-exercise day. And it makes me incredibly happy. 

Have you taken a rest day this week? Forced or chosen?

Do you or your kids play soccer? I've probably mentioned this one million times here, but I am obsessed with soccer and am definitely at the stage in life of attempting to convince my kids that it is the coolest sport in existence (sorry, running).

*Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day for the Cheribundi (recovery tart cherry juice) giveaway. Enter to win a case of it here


  1. I love our thrift store...we call it the treasure store. And there are tons if cleats there right now

    1. Yes! I need to just start buying them in advance sizes when I see them at the thrift shop. That way I already have an excuse for them to play another season.

  2. Thank you Lisa for your wonderful post and words of wisdom! Love that you do all you do with 4 littles in tow:)

    1. Thanks, Hanna! I'm so happy for you and your new little dude!

  3. What a great find! I need to check out my local thrift store for some of these amazing deals! My daughter played soccer for quite a few years. She was on a Club Soccer Team and my weekends were consumed with traveling and tournaments. It was a lot of fun and those soccer families were like my real family!

    1. That sounds much cooler than our soccer team. Maybe we will graduate to something like that. Right now we play Upwards, and I was super excited when we were able to get the kids to practice on the same night to save us time every week.

  4. Well done on getting those cleats at such a bargain, I love bargains, especially for kids sports shoes, they grow so fast:) My son plays soccer and my daughter mod ball (softball) so cleats are part of our annual expenses too. I had a rest day yesterday and feel so much stringer today, really feel that a rest day was in order! have a lovely day.

    1. I love that you guys call it mod ball. I think I'm going to start a campaign to change it to that in the States.

  5. Oh my gosh! Your day sounds like it was awfully fun :D I never have luck at thrift shops, no matter how hard I try! I took a rest day on Tuesday, but I still did abs. It didn't feel like a real workout, so I still counted it as a rest day.

    1. I'm impressed that you did abs and it didn't feel like a workout! I hate working abs. They could stand some toughening up though.

  6. Power to the thrift shoppers! :) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE thrift shopping! It's amazing what you can find.

  7. That is a seriously great thrift shop find! Can I hire you to be my personal shopper?

    Wednesday was my planned rest day, and as much as I wanted to go for a run, I restrained myself and spent the extra morning time relaxing in bed and then getting some laundry done before work.

  8. I love your guest post...I particularly liked that your closet looks like mine, I find that reassuring.

    My little man wants to play football (ie soccer) so badly but he's still a little young. He calls footballers 'ball kicking men'. I love it.

  9. Truth be told...I take too many rest days these days. Fighting my way back, though! Congrats on the major score for your daughter. I do love a good bargain!

  10. Bale crowned PFA player of the year
    Agen Bola reported, Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale has been named the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year.
    Bale, who also won in 2011, claimed the peer-review award ahead of Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick, as well as Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
    The 23-year-old Welsh forward also became the third player to win both the PFA’s top prize and the young player of the year award in the same season, following on from Andy Gray (1977) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007). as reported by Indo Eleven.
    Bale also joined Ronaldo as one of five players to have claimed the PFA’s player of the year award twice, alongside Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes.
    Having scored 19 goals in the EPL so far this season, Bale only sits behind van Persie (25 goals) and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (23) on the goal-scoring charts.
    Tottenham’s powerful attacker has played 29 of his club’s 34 Premier League matches in this campaign and his season has been defined by the ability to score crucial late goals to claim points.
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  11. I never have luck at thrift shops, no matter how hard I try! I took a rest day on Tuesday, but I still did abs. It didn't feel like a real workout, so I still counted it as a rest day.
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  12. Morrison could return to St Andrew’s
    Agen Bola reported, West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has revealed Ravel Morrison, formerly of Manchester United, could return to Birmingham City on loan next season.
    Morrison, 20, is currently enjoying a fine season at St Andrew’s, with reports suggesting he could return to the Hammers in order to compete for a regular first-team place this summer.
    However, a return to Championship side Birmingham City has not been ruled out by West Ham, according to the club’s assistant manager Neil McDonald.
    “One of the reasons we sent him to Birmingham was to try and get that consistent time on the field. He would have had a battle on to get into the team here,” said McDonald.
    “He has gone to Birmingham, got in the team and played well consistently which is great.
    “I saw comments from Lee Clark that he might possibly want to take him on loan again next year to give him some more experience. That would be great and it is a decision that the manager has to make. as reported by Indo Eleven.
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  13. Khedira: Madrid need an early goal against Dortmund
    Agen Bola reported, Sami Khedira believes an early goal is crucial for Real Madrid if they are to qualify for the Champions League final.
    The Spanish side trail Borussia Dortmund 4-1 after the first leg in the Westfalenstadion and, while the German midfielder believes a turnaround is possible, he says it is important his side seize the initiative from the start.
    “Scoring an early goal will be vital, but we have to keep a cool head as well,” said Khedira.
    “This is our last chance to get things right again. In the first leg we didn’t convince as a team and we played a weak game,” he added. as reported by Indo Eleven.
    “Now we have to achieve the impossible. Real Madrid have seen many a magical night at the Bernabeu, especially in the European Cup.
    “We are going to try to add another one to the list and we will be aiming as high as possible.”
    Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed Madrid’s only goal in the first leg and Khedira believes the Portugal international has a big part to play if his side are to progress to the final.
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  14. Rodgers praises Mignolet, insists Reina has Liverpool future
    Agen Bola reported, Brendan Rodgers insists the possible signing of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland does not signal the end of Pepe Reina’s Liverpool career.
    Liverpool boss Rodgers has spoken of his admiration for 24-year-old Mignolet amid reports that the two clubs have agreed a fee for the highly-rated goalkeeper.
    Reina’s future has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks after being linked with a return to Barcelona, but Rodgers is adamant the Spain international, who is currently away at the FIFA Confederations Cup, is still part of his plans for next season.
    Rodgers told talkSPORT: “One of the things we’re trying to build is a competitive squad.
    “Our squad was very thin last year and it was great we were able to introduce a few young players from our academy but it’s very important that we have competition in every position and that wasn’t always the case.
    “Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.
    “He was fully aware of my intention over the course of the last few months. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to Pepe.
    “Pepe is a fantastic goalkeeper but Simon Mignolet is a player that has done really well. He’s also part of an emerging Belgium squad that has come into a golden era. He’s very much a part of that.
    “When you work with Pepe, he’s a great man. A very committed man to the club and he’s an outstanding goalkeeper.”asreported byIndo Eleven.
    Reina has played more than 300 times for Liverpool in all competitions after joining from Villarreal in 2005.
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  15. Vidal refutes contract rumours
    Agen Bola reported, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has moved to quash speculation that he has signed a new contract with the club.
    The 26-year-old has played an integral part in a Juventus resurgence that has seen them claim consecutive Serie A titles under the stewardship of Antonio Conte.
    Vidal has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the close-season and has yet to make a long-term commitment to the Turin club.
    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “There has been no renewal but I do have a contract at the club so let’s see what happens.”
    The Chile international’s stock has risen significantly since moving to Italy from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 and he admitted that he is flattered to have his name mentioned in respect to a potential switch to Real.
    “It is an honour when a big club want to sign you,” Vidal told asreported byIndo Eleven..
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  16. Wright signs City extension
    Agen Bola reported, Goalkeeper Richard Wright has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Manchester City.
    The 35-year-old served as the club’s third-choice shot-stopper for the 2012-13 campaign after arriving on a free transfer from Championship club Ipswich Town.
    And, despite having yet to make a first-team appearance for City in a competitive fixture, he has now extended his stay at the Etihad Stadium for another season.
    Joe Hart is likely to remain as number one under Manuel Pellegrini next term, though the future of his understudy Costel Pantilimon is uncertain.
    Wright made his debut as a professional with Ipswich in 1995, and has enjoyed spells with Everton, Arsenal and West Ham during an 18-year career in the game.
    He has also been capped on two occasions by England, but has not been included in an international squad since 2003.asreported byIndo Eleven.
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  17. Bruce: Second bid for Hooper unlikely
    Agen Bola reported, Steve Bruce has cast doubt on the likelihood of Hull City making a second bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
    The Humberside club are attempting to bolster their attacking options ahead of their return to the Premier League, but had an offer of around £4.5 million rejected earlier in the transfer window.
    Celtic are believed to be willing to sell the Englishman, who netted 31 goals in 51 appearances last season, but only for a higher sum.
    Bruce does not expect an increased bid to be lodged, however, despite seeing a move for Burnley forward Charlie Austin collapse due to a failed medical.
    “We had a bid for him rejected and I can’t see there being any change in that,” he told asreported byIndo Eleven.
    “We’ve got other irons in the fire and we hope that we can get one or two strikers in before the start of the season.
    “It’s obvious that we struggled to score goals last season so that has got to be the aim for us. We’ve still got six weeks before the season starts and we’re actively looking.”
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  18. Pra musim buruk, Mazzarri tetap yakin sukses

    Agen Bola melaporkan dari -Pelatih Inter MIlan, Walter Mazzarri optimis bakal meraih kesuksesan pada musim depan. Itu ia ungkapkan jelang laga menghadapi Valencia di laga persahabatan pramusim.

    Sebelumnya Inter Milan meraih hasil buruk dilaga pramusim saat dihajar Chelsea dengan skor 0-2 di laga Guinness International Cup. Kendati demikian, hasil buruk tersebut tak membuat pelatih berusia 51 tahun itu pesimis.

    Mazzarri mengakui usai laga tersebut ia sempat mengadakan evaluasi dengan para pasukannya. Allenatore asal Italia itu ingin Javier Zanetti dkk mampu mengambil pelajaran dari kekalahan tersebut demi meningkatkan performa Inter pada musim depan.

    "Saya telah mengadakan pertemuan dengan para pemain untuk menunjukkan kepada mereka bahwa terlepas dari beberapa kesalahan yang kami buat dan harus mencoba untuk tidak mengulanginya lagi," ungkap Mazzarri

    "Tak hanya itu ia berharap hasil tersebut tak mempengaruhi mental pasukannya jelang digulirnya musim 2013-2014. Para pemain layak mendapatkan pujian dengan apa yang mereka lakukan sekarang, Sementara untuk pelatih ini merupakan hal yang hebat untuk disaksikan," pungkasnya.

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  19. Wenger Optimistis Arsenal Bisa Juara

    Agen Bola melaporkan dari London - Arsenal belum mendatangkan pemain top untuk musim kompetisi 2013/2014. Pun demikian, manajer The Gunners Arsene Wenger tetap yakin timnya bisa bersaing merebut gelar juara liga.
    Sejauh ini, Arsenal baru mendapatkan penyerang Prancis Yaya Sanogo yang diboyong dari Auxerre dengan status gratis. Sekarang klub London Utara ini sedang berupaya menggaet bomber Liverpool Luis Suarez.
    Akan tetapi, perburuan Arsenal belum berhasil. Dua tawaran mereka ditolak dan Liverpool masih keukeuh tidak akan melepas pemain yang musim lalu mengemas 30 gol itu. Meskipun demikian, Arsenal belum menyerah.
    Arsenal sudah delapan tahun puasa gelar juara. Dengan skuatnya sekarang, Wenger tidak meragukan kans timnya di musim depan.
    "Ya, tentu saja saya percaya diri," seru manajer asal Prancis itu setelah hasil imbang melawan Napoli.
    "Mengapa saya duduk di sini dan mengatakan kepada Anda bahwa kami tidak bisa memenangi titel juara dengan para pemain yang kami punya?."
    Arsenal masih akan melakoni dua pertandingan pramusim melawan Galatasaray di Emirates Cup (4/8) dan Manchester City (10/8) sebelum membuka kiprah di Premier League dengan menjamu Aston Villa sepekan berikutnya.
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  20. 'Belum Jodoh' di Inter & Madrid, Ramires Akhirnya Jumpa Mourinho di Chelsea
    Agen Bola melaporkan berita, Rio de Janeiro - Jose Mourinho rupanya sudah pernah berusaha mendatangkan Ramires ketika ia melatih Inter Milan (2008–2010) dan Real Madrid (2010-2013). Mereka baru "berjodoh" di Chelsea saat ini.

    Hal itu terungkap dari pengakuan Ramires. Pemain Brasil bernama lengkap Ramires Santos do Nascimento itu mengetahuinya lewat penuturan Mourinho sendiri.

    "Aku sangat antusias bekerja sama dengan Mourinho. Ia tiba-tiba saja meneleponku beberapa hari lalu, yang merupakan kejutan buatku," kata Ramires kepada Mirror seperti dikutip dari Indo Eleven
    "Kami membicarakan banyak hal dan ia mengatakan banyak hal bagus mengenaiku, termasuk fakta bahwa ia berusaha merekrutku dari Benfica baik ketika ia ada di Inter Milan dan juga Real Madrid."

    "Mourinho mengatakan kepadaku bahwa ia amat senang memilikiku di Chelsea. Aku amat lega mendengarnya dan aku bilang kepadanya bahwa ia bisa mengandalkanku," tegas pemain berusia 26 tahun itu.
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  21. Demonstrasi Membesar, Piala Konfederasi Bisa Dihentikan
    Agen Bola melaporkan berita, Rio de Janeiro - Sejumlah media besar Brasil menyatakan ada kemungkinan Piala Konfederasi dihentikan demi alasan keamanan. Ini mungkin dilakukan menyusul unjuk rasa yang semakin besar.

    Dilaporkan oleh Reuters, Jumat (21/6/2013), hingga Kamis kemarin waktu setempat, sekitar satu juta orang telah menguasai jalanan di kota-kota Brasil. Ini merupakan protes terbesar di Brasil dalam dua dekade terakhir.

    Radio CBN dan situs harian Estado de Sao Paulo yang merupakan dua media besar Brasil menyatakan, Piala Konfederasi berada dalam bahaya. Sebabnya, secara hukum apabila pemerintah tak bisa memberikan jaminan keamanan maka kelangsungan turnamen akan terancam.

    Jika benar dibatalkan, maka FIFA disebut-sebut akan menuntut kompensasi dari pemerintah Brasil. Keadaan ini bahkan telah memaksa FIFA untuk melakukan negosiasi dengan tim-tim partisipan agar tetap berada di kompetisi.seperti dikutip dari Indo Eleven
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  22. Di Natale: Saya Akan Pensiun di Udinese
    Agen Bola melaporkan berita, Udine - Diisukan diincar AC Milan, penyerang gaek Antonio di Natale menyatakan dirinya akan menghabiskan sisa kariernya di tim yang sudah ia perkuat sejak 2004: Udinese.

    "Saya tetap di Udinese," ucap pemain 35 tahun itu diUdinese Channel setelah dikabarkan bertemu dengan pemilik klub, Giampaolo Pozzo.

    "Saya akan mengakhiri karier dengan klub ini. Saya akan bertemu Gino Pozzo (lagi) minggu depan untuk menandatangani kontrak," tambahnya, seperti dikutip dari Indo Eleven

    Di Natala walaupun sudah berumur masih sangat produktif. Dalam empat musim terakhir ia mencetak total 103 gol di Serie A, atau rata-rata 25 gol per musimnya. Ia dua kali menjadi top skorer liga, di tahun 2010 dan 2011.
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