350 Miles.

go run.

Since I torn my ligaments on the outside of my ankle (I think the doctor said I torn three) about a month ago during rec volleyball, I have been completely off my work out game. Even before the injury, I wasn’t super intense when it came to working out. Yes, if you asked anyone that knows me they would say otherwise, but for the most part I workout to stay in shape and to be healthy. I have two jobs so that takes away from a lot of free time which leaves me minimal days during the week to get workouts in. So I make it to the gym when I can and as often as I can (sometimes that’s only once or twice a week).

Now that we have made it to the winter season here in South Dakota I give up on my long runs. It gets too icy outside & I don’t want to risk another injury there. And indoor runs are no luck because I get bored out of my mind on a treadmill. I do like interval runs every now and then but those only get me so far.

Then yesterday I decided on a plan to help keep up my running during the cold, winter season. I’ve decided to set a goal for myself to complete 350 miles in about a little under 4 months. I started yesterday and am giving myself till the end of April to complete the miles.

I want to make it a habit to become a morning person when it comes to work outs as well. I don’t want to set the plan as ‘so many miles each month’. I’m just going to start out running a few miles a couple times a week and see where it takes me. Hopefully this goal will help me get back into my old running happens and help me slowing recovery from my ankle injury without pushing it too hard.

If you would like to join me, feel free :)

Winter Rehab.

hallway decor

The winter time can be harsh, not only on your mood but also on your skin & body as well. The cold air and lack of humidity takes a toll on your looks, causing dry skin and hair. During this season it is very important to take your beauty routine up a notch so you can avoid that uncomfortable pain winter  can bring.

That is why I put together an “At-home” winter survival kit you can put together with ingredients you can find around your place. Since I’m a just-recently-graduated college student I normally can’t afford expensive masks and beauty products on the regular. So I have become a pro at utilizing my own DIY products to help repair everything from dry, cracked skin to damaged hair. And you know what? In my opinion, they work just as well as the name brand products.

hair mask

I normally always have a jar of coconut oil laying around my apartment and I seem to get the most use out of it during the winter months. It can be used for so many beauty tricks but my personal favorite is hair masks. If I’m not doing a whole hair mask I’ll just add some oil to the ends of my hair before I go to bed most nights. I shower in the morning so it gives the oil the night to soak into my hair.

For a great hair mask I like to do that only takes about an hour is the Honey & Coconut Oil mask.

oil bath

There is nothing I like more after a long winter work out then to get home and sit in an extremely hot bath. Or even just after a long day at work. There is something so soothing & relaxing about sitting in a hot bath for 10-15 minutes to help you wind down. It’s also really useful to add a few drops of carrier oil or vegetable oil to the water to help moisturize your skin. You can also add lavender essential oil to give your skin a fresh scent.

If you would like to purchase a bath oil I would recommend Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy. My favorite is the Eucalyptus Spearmint, smells amazing.

face mask

One of my favorite face masks is the baking soda mask. It’s super simple and the only ingredients you need is baking soda and water. I feel is has similar results to when I exfoliate my face with an expensive product. All you need to do for this mask is mix 3/4 baking soda to 1/4 water. Apply to face & let set for 10 minutes or until harden. Then rinse.

Happy Pampering.

Change for the Soul.

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I notice that I tend to be in a happier mood when I am constantly improving myself. Be that, trying to learn something new everyday, working out, investing time in my design work, and so on. I love to constantly change myself for the better, but who doesn’t? Good changes are extremely good for the soul. I have a pep in my step and a surge of great energy when I am being productive with my life. And to mention, I feel a fresh spark in my creativity. My mind races with fun ideas and goals I want to accomplish.

Without changes for the better in our lives we can get stuck in ruts. If you’ve noticed I’ve recently change the look to my blog. I don’t blame the design for my lack of posting in the past months but I felt it was necessary to give Dreamy Mess a face lift. I felt the old set up didn’t align with my current day style. I wanted to go for a more sophisticated, classy vibe and the old style wasn’t up to par.

The new design has gave me a boost of motivation and some new funky, creative ideas for blog posts. I’m excited to share this new rebranding of One Dreamy Mess with all you guys and know there are great things to come in the future.

Happy Hump Day.

Espresso ‘self.

coldness

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? We have a lot of catching up to do.

I feel like this happens every year around this time. Fall seems to get me bogged down on work and the holiday festivities and my guilty pleasure hobbies fall to the waist side.

And we have quickly approached winter here in South Dakota.

my dog

Even my puppy dog is wearing a sweater. I went home to my parent’s house for a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. My family started a new tradition this year of participating in the local Turkey Trot. I even won a free pie by being one of the 300 lucky winners!

Turkey Trot

I think there was a total of 500 people racing but I still felt pretty lucky. I baked a couple pumpkin pies for our Thanksgiving dinner. We only had whole cloves instead of ground and spoiler alert – we didn’t grind up the cloves enough. So ironically winning a pie was perfect!

Then sadly, on Friday morning I had to return back to the east side of the state to work Black Friday at World Market.

Now I am not a huge fan of shopping to begin with so I honestly don’t understand the craze over Black Friday. Cyber Monday, that’s where it’s at! No crowds, no crazy shoppers, and no lines. And I just love the feeling of knowing something is coming in the mail.

Hello, December!

Well, hello!

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Woah, time has flown by! I’ve been too busy relaxing & taking a break from blogging but now I am back :)

Recently I had an injury to my ankle which left me with a few torn ligaments and going on 3 weeks without running. But this has given me an opportunity to try out new exercises and find a love the elliptical.

I got a bunch of great post in the works (DIY candle christmas gifts & a pickling recipe & so much more). So stay tuned because I’ve got so much to share since I’ve been away for so long.

Autumn Must-haves.

Fall

I finally broke out the long socks & boots this morning because there is a cold front going through South Dakota right now. Currently its a whooping 50 degrees and I’m totally cool with that!

I love wear tons and tons of layers, sipping hot coffee, and enjoying the beautiful colors of fall. So bring on the cold weather!

Since I’m all Fall crazy right now, I put a list together of the must-have-can’t-live-without-items you need for the season & as a special treat I added in a couple of links I’ve been obsessing over lately:

  • Scarves, and a ton of them. Once mid-September hits you won’t see me without a scarf around my neck. There my favorite accessory.
  • Hot Chocolate, Hot Coffee & Mulled Wine. All the essential warm drinks for Fall.
  • Candy Corn!!
  • Boots – ankle, knee high, combat. All & every single type because one thing you won’t see from me after mid-September is my ankles!
  • A new favorite show to binge watch on Netflix. I am currently feeding my addiction of American Horror Story because Hello, scary movies all day, everyday since it is the Halloween season.
  • Cardigans. I am a fan of the oversized sweater look but personally I haven’t found an oversized sweater I can pull off without looking like a frump. So I stick to comfy cardigans over everything.
  • Yummy baking recipes – especially bread recipes!
  • Mittens because I am a freak about not letting my hands get cold.
  • Candles
  • Huge knitted blankets to snuggle up in on cold days.

Dos Halfs.

half

Second Half Marathon was accomplished on September 7, 2014!

Ignore my awkward shaped arm in the photo above but this is the only photo I took yesterday to send to my madre pre-race.

I finished in 2:24 and was actually pretty happy with my time. This is about the exact same as my first half but this race I ran the whole time through. No walking!

Which I thought was a pretty awesome accomplishment until my hips locked up after the finish line. Seriously, most painful experience of my life. I immediately regretted not stretching out my muscles throughout the race. I was unable to walk because I felt like I was going to faint if I put pressure on my hips. I waited at the finish line (leaning up against a fence) for my friend Mel to come through and then I had to have her support me so I could get around (and get my free banana!). Luckily, there were free massages so I was all about that.

The weather was perfect as well. It was a nice 60 degrees and the sun was shinning.

I am having some knee pain today but that’s not a surprise at all. I am just glad I can walk again!

Next up a mud run in a few weeks & then my third half out in the mountains (which I am actually really nervous for the change in elevation!).