Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!


May your day be filled with yummy candy!

What candy are you hoping your kids will get so you can eat it?

Me? Hershey minibars with almonds!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Run for the Little Flowers link up



I hope you all have had a good run!!!  Now is the time to share your experiences here.  Below is a linky where you can leave a link to the post on your blog about the run. 

We had a great run in MD!  The weather was perfect.  I was not able to run, but I loved every moment of it.  God is so good and I feel so blessed to be a part of this.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

A thank you, taking an online hiatus, and wrapping up the run


I am going to make this quick.  First, I want to thank you all so much for your support of this fundraiser.  In brief, there were 216 of you from 38 different states and two countries.  Together we raised $3,391.17 for Little Flower Projects.  All of the paypal money has been sent to China Little Flower and the checks will be sent tomorrow.

And I feel blessed beyond measure.  The emails and comments, I have gotten leading up to yesterday were inspiring because so many of you have inspirational stories.  YOU ALL made this fundraiser a success. It would have been nothing without each and every one of you!  You made it go. You spread the word and for that I am grateful.

And now, I get such a big smile when I see all your pictures from your runs.  I love it.

I promise you will get a more, well thought out thank you email from me, but please give me a few days. The run has taken a lot of time the last few weeks, compounded by the fact that my husband has been gone for work for most of this month and will not be back for another week. All of that is simply to say, I need a break so I am taking an online hiatus. Please keep on posting your pictures from the run and link your blog posts as wellI will be back by the end of the week.

Several people have messaged me that they have not done their run yet or have not be able to post their pictures yet. Since you get another entry to the giveaway for posting a blog post or posting your picture to the run's Facebook page, I am extending the giveaway until Saturday, October 27th.

I will check in on the run's facebook page periodically, and will be checking my email, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much and God Bless!
Katie

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Aspaeris Pivot Compression Shorts



For any of you runners out there, you understand what a good pair of compression shorts can do for you.  They are great for recovery, but, in my opinion, even better for those long runs.  And Aspaeris Pivot Shorts are the best I have tried.  Here is a brief description of the shorts from their website:

Aspaeris Pivot Shortshave a triple purpose:

They should add a 4th purpose: Give you a better backside profile! They really do!

Improved Performance

The patent pending Dual Sensory Compression BandsTM guide your muscles into proper alignment. This guidance reduces your muscle fatigue allowing your body to move in the most efficient possible way. You’ll feel lighter and stronger as you push your body to the limits.

Runners know that the less energy used worrying about form, the more energy available to run a faster race.

Faster Recovery

Running in Pivot Shorts sets you up for an easier recovery period through improved muscle alignment. However, if you only wear Pivot Shorts for recovery, the Dual Sensory Compression BandsTM serve a secondary purpose in holding muscles in place and improving the circulation to your tired quads, hamstrings, and glutes.

Injury Prevention

Your race goals may be to beat your personal best, but Pivot Shorts are made for more than just performance. Proper body alignment means you’re lessening your chance of injury.

When you’re on your 24th mile of a marathon, you are not thinking about running form anymore. Let Pivot Shorts do the thinking for you. The light guidance will help you maintain your form and stay strong til the end.

Pivot Shorts are not your everyday compression shorts; they are a triple threat. Let them give you the confidence you need on your run.

Black Aspaeris under my skirt
I bought my first pair of Aspaeris Compression Shorts for the Shamrock Marathon.  I have had issues with my IT band in the past and wanted to keep my IT band as happy as possible while training for the marathon and during it too.  Plus, it was while training for the marathon that I began to have hamstring and glute issues and I wanted to make sure that these muscles were as supported as they could be. And, I loved these every mile!  Not only did they help during training, but they were great during the marathon as well.

This was my second marathon and my first wearing Aspaeris Compression Shorts and I could tell the difference.  My muscles still felt good after the marathon and the recovery was so much easier!

I now own these compression shorts in all three colors and would recommend them to anyone!

And, lucky for you, Aspaeris is giving one of you a pair of these in your choice of size a color.  Get excited runners!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Bia Sport

Ingenuity.  Find a need and fill it.  Isn't that what this fundraiser for the Little Flower Projects is all about?  So, I do not think it is accidental that Bia Sport so graciously donated one of their tech tees to the run!

Bia Sport was started by Cheryl Kellond and Sylvia Marino, two busy moms to seven between the two.  both of these women love their sport and they saw a need.  A sports GPS watch designed for women.  Check out the video here.



My favorite, unique, part about the watch is the safety alert system.   If, like me, you run alone most of the time, this gives some peace of mind. If you get hurt, or something happens to you on the run, just hold down the button for 3-seconds and an audible alarm sounds and your location is sent to a loved one and emergency services so they know you need help.  LOVE this idea!!


And thanks to Bia, one of you will win one of their cute tech tees (color may vary).  So thank them, by checking out their website or liking them on Facebook.

Sponsor Spotlight: 147 Million Orphans



If there is any company, created by moms, out there, that has inspired me and convinced me that I could do this fundraiser for orphans, it is 147 Million Oprhans. I LOVE them and their work!  I will not bore you with my own words.  The following is from their website:


The 147 Million Orphans Mission:
1. To provide food, water and medicine to children in need worldwide

2. To bring awareness to the orphan crisis

3. To assist adoptive families with fundraising through the sale of
original and handmade products




During this past year, 147 Million Orphans focused on its Mission by:

1. Providing over 100,000 meals for children in Uganda

*Helping to build water wells in Ethiopia and Honduras

*Providing funding for HIV education and medicine

*Giving funds to ministry partners in the United States, Ethiopia, Haiti, China and Honduras
to provide meals for children


2. Selling over 20,000 products to raise awareness and ignite discussion about the orphan crisis


3. Partnering with over 200 adoptive families as they fundraise for their adoptions, both
domestically and internationally.


Meet our Founders....
Suzanne Mayernick &; Gwen Oatsvall
 
We are two moms who have a heart to care for orphans everywhere! We met nine years ago as we were both going through our first adoptions (one domestic and one international) … Thirteen kids and seven adoptions later, we are bound together through faith and mission. We love “doing life together” and accepting the call to speak up for orphans everywhere. We want to help as many people as possible to see the 147 million orphans as scripture calls them, “…those who have no voice.” We want to help you find your YES in caring for an orphan ... Could it be adoption, sponsoring a child, volunteering for orphan care ministry, rocking babies at an orphanage, financially supporting someone adopting, or buying 147 products to provide food, water, and medicine? The first YES is always the hardest, but impacting a child's life and bringing them hope is true JOY!!! Join us as we give a voice to the voiceless ...  

Chasing Our Calling, Gwen & Suzanne

Life for these families is always an adventure, and you can follow it here:

SUZANNE’S BLOG: joiningthejourney.blogspot.com

And they make some super cute shirts to increase awareness and to raise money for their projects around the world.  Please go check out the items here. The pictures do not copy and reprint well, but they have amazing jewelery from Uganda and Haiti, mugs, tumblers and their signature 147 Million tees.
 
Gwen and Suzanne have been so generous to donate several items to our giveaway.  So, go check out their store or like them on Facebook to show your love and appreciation!

 

Friday, October 12, 2012

7 Quick Takes


Thanks, Jen, for hosting!


1. My hubby has been gone for work for a week now. He is in Rome. At the Vatican. This is a view from the roof of where he is staying.  He took this picture so I could see where he goes to pray. 


Did I mention he will be gone for 3 1/2 weeks?

Oh, and this guy shows up at the same meetings my hubby is at . . .

This is a view from where my hubby sits during the meetings.


There is the Pope again in the front.

Yes, I am a little jealous!  I have never been to Rome.  But, I am so happy and excited for my husband! What an amazing experience!  He has been to mass at the Vatican twice now. Once in the FIRST ROW and once for the start of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

2. It is a good thing he is not around.
He would have no where to sit!
The shirts for the Run for the Little Flowers have taken over our couch!


3. Wine-less
And since my hubby is gone, I could really use a glass of red wine some nights to unwind.  But we have NO WINE in the house.  Wine is not sold in grocery stores in our state.  And I will not go into a liquor store with three young kids tagging along, that would just make me look really bad. So if you are in the area and want to donate a bottle of wine to a good cause, you can drop it off on my porch!

4. Mechanical Malfunction

Physical Therapy has been going really well. So well, in fact, that my PT told me I should try to run.  And Saturday was the day!  He said he only wanted me try tory to run on a treadmill, and I was fine with that because I had not gotten to see any episodes of Castle!  And, the treadmill is my favorite place to watch it. 

I hopped on the 'mill and walked a 1/2 mile to warm up.  Then I ran 1 mile (which was all the PT told me I should try). And the mile was not bad.  My hamstring started to get tight toward the end, but it was not horrible.  So I decided to push it.  If I could run 1 mile, why not try 2?  Well, obviously my body did not get the memo that 2 miles should be a piece of cake for someone who has run 2 marathons. At 1.8 miles, my IT band had had enough and I started to get knee pain.  I stopped immediately.  The next day my leg was SORE.  I went to the PT this week and based on my run, and the fact that my hips were out of alignment again, it may be MONTHS before I can run, really run again.  I am beginning to feel broken

5. Big Hearts
I shared this on Facebook, but I want to remember it, so I am sharing it here too.  This is a conversation my kids were having the other day.

6 yr old to 9 yr old brother: "Would you rather get all the legos in the world or an orphan?"

9 yr old brother: "An orphan."

6 yr old: "Yeah, me too."


6. The run is in a week!!  I am like a kid waiting for Christmas!  I will be spending every spare moment packaging up shirts and medals and shipping them out.  The only downside . . . . I cannot run my own run!

7. "Little Flower" cuteness!



Have a great weekend everyone!!
 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Update on Run for the Little Flowers

This will be quick. Two things.



1. I am temporarily closing registration.  This is to save my sanity and so that I do not miss anyone who registers in the next few days.  I am in the process of sending out shirts and medals and want to make sure I have everyone accounted for.  Plus, I will be able to give a more accurate count of the number of shirts and medals I have left after this weekend.  All numbers were based on an "error rate" in the medals and shirts and so I may have more than I actually said I do.

2. The medals are here!

Sponor Spotlight: Tough Chik

 
 

First, I have to say that I love Tough Chick!!  I have been a part of Team Tough Chik this past year and the women on the team are the most supportive, encouraging women I have met in running/athletic circles.  If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete, etc, I highly recommend checking out Team Tough Chick.



Ok, so on to the Sponsor Spotlight.  Tough Chik is a company that makes performance clothing for women.  They make cute, yet functional clothing for running, cycling and triathlons, as well as cute tees to for everyday wear that proclaim your love for the sport of your choice.  I have several items from tough Chick and they are comfortable and great to run in!


Tough Chik was started by Shannon and Angela.  To read how it all got strated, go here.  It is a cute story!  As I mentioned before about all of the companies that have so graciously offered to support the Run for the Little Flowers, Tough Chik is passionate about supporting women in their passion.  They aim to design clothing that is functional and encouraging.  We are all Tough Chiks and Shannon and Angela designed clothes to remind us of that fact!


Me in my Tough Chick singlet


But Tough Chick does not stop there.  They further support women by donating a portion of the profits to Project Athena. Project Athena helps women who have had breast cancer or gone through other traumatic events to achieve their athletic goals and dreams.

And, Tough Chik has generously donated a $20 gift certificate to their store for the Run for the Little Flowers 5K .  So, go check it out and plan what you will get if you are the winner!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Mamas Movin' with Mary

Today, I would like to introduce you to one of our other Sponsors, Mamas Movin' With Mary. Simply put, the Mamas are a group of moms who got together to pray a rosary while they walked together.  From these Saturday morning walks, grew a deeper devotion to Christ and praying the rosary (and some half marathons too!!).  And out of that came Mamas Movin' with Mary and their famous tee!

 

(The following is a review of the shirt and information about the Mama's charitable work.  This is being republished from a post I wrote in September 2010).

I ordered one right after I saw it. It came in the mail just a few days later. It was cutely wrapped with a blue ribbon, with a one decade rosary attached; perfect to pray with on your walks/runs. I do have to say that the shirt it A LOT cuter in person than the picture on their website shows. The shirt is black with blue lettering. It is more of a fitted cut, so be prepared to order one size larger if you do not like your shirts too tight. I purchased a medium and it was a perfect fit! The cut of the shirt is flattering. And the material is an athletic-wicking material. But, it is a real nice, soft one, not like many of the scratchy race shirts I have gotten!


The day I got it, I took the shirt out for a "test-drive" and wore it to the gym while I biked. Well, it worked perfectly! It kept me cool and dry. Then, this weekend, I wore it out and about with khaki pants. The t-shirt is such a nice cut and fit that you do not have to wear it just for working out. So, I am sold on the shirt.

This is me wearing the shirt during my first marathon.

20% of the profits from the sales of the t-shirt go to the Run the Race Club of Columbus. Run the Race is part of the Brian Muha foundation. Run the Race works with the kids of Columbus to give them activities to participate in and to be a positive influence in the lives of children that may not have many of them.


This charity really struck me because, although I did not know Brian Muha, I was working as a Residence Director at Franciscan University when he was killed. And, from the time he was abducted, to the time of the end of the trial of the accused, I remember Brian's mother and founder of Run the Race Club, Rachel Muha, being such a true example of what holiness, Christian charity and forgiveness are meant to be.


And, thanks to the Mama's generosity, one lucky registrant/donor will get the "Hail Mary's" tee!! 

Thank you Mamas for supporting this fundraiser!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Clay Rosaries by Sarah


The first sponsor for our Run for the Little Flowers 5K Giveaway  I would like to spotlight this week is Sarah Harkins of Clay Rosaries.  I was first introduced to Sarah's amazing creations through the wonderful world of blogs.  Sarah is a fellow Franciscan grad who has a beautiful gift for handcrafting rosary beads.  She is a homeschooling mom to three precious kids, and one on the way and has been making clay bead rosaries for 15 years.

Above is one of my favorite pieces of Sarah's, The Saint Andrew Chaplet.  Please take a moment to click over to Sarah's blog, The Clay Rosary Girl, to see the process of how these beautiful beads are made.  Do not worry, I will wait for you!


If you go to Sarah's store and check out any of the many rosaries, chaplets, or jewelry pieces, you will often find a link to the meanings of the beads and how they were made.  All of the items are handcrafted and unique.  They make the perfect gift for Confirmations, First Communions, and birthdays!
 
And, lucky for you, Sarah has donated one of her rosaries the help raise money for the Little Flower Projects!!  So, please thank her by checking out her store and keeping her amazing items in mind when purchasing gifts!
 
After you have checked out the store, please come back and tell me which rosary you would pick if you won the giveaway!
 
All who have registered/donated to the run have a chance to win!
 
Thank you Sarah for your generosity!!
 
 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Another Update on the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K



Please excuse the numerous updates, but I need to make sure that everyone sees this.  I will be cross posting, so that people know where we are at.  First, we are at 193 runners/walkers!  We have far surpassed the goal of having 147 runners/walkers; one runner for every 1 MILLION orphans.  I am amazed by your generosity! And, although I do not have an official total yet, we will have reached our goal of covering a Nanny's salary for 6 months! Praise God!

Now, to the "business" end of this email.  And this makes me both happy and sad. Happy, because it means we are reaching our goals. Sad, because we will not be able to accommodate many more runners/walkers who want shirts.

First, the medals are gone!!  So anyone who has registered starting mid-day October 4, 2012, will NOT receive a medal.  I only ordered 150.

Second, there are only a limited amount of shirts left.  I am trying to keep these numbers up to date. As of tonight, this is what I have left:

Youth small- 1
Youth Medium - 0
Youth Large - 1
Adult small -0
Adult Medium - 11
Adult Large - 1
Adult X-L - 0

If you try to register and do not see your size on the side bar PayPal link, that means that that size is no longer available.

Once all the shirts are gone, I will close registration, BUT I WILL STILL ACCEPT DONATIONS for Little Flower Projects up until October 20, 2012.

If you still really want a shirt, but your size is gone, please email me (katiepetko at yahoo do com), comment below, or contact me via our Facebook page.  If there is enough interest, I can order more shirts. Just note that you would not get one until after the run is over.

Thank you all for your patience with me and this fundraiser.  This is the first time I have taken a fundraiser like this on and I am learning the ropes as I go!

Thank you, especially, for your generosity to the precious "Little Flowers" with Little Flower Projects!









Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A note about our sponsors



Before I actually get to the posts about our great sponsors, as I was looking at the list, I was struck by the things that these varied companies have in common.

1. They are all small companies started by women.

2. Most of these women are moms (awesome!).

3. All of these women love what they do.

4. They have all created unique items and products that other people love.

5. They are caring. And pretty darn giving too!

6. They have a passion for what they do. God has given each of them an incredible gift and they are passionate about sharing that gift for the betterment of others. Whether it is to help a woman athlete perform better, or feeding orphans in Uganda, they have put that passion to work to make the lives of others better.

I am honored that they have all decided to give to this run by offering giveaway items.  And I am proud to be able to "introduce" them all to you over the next two weeks. 


For now, you may see the items donated and links to the donor's sites, by going here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Update on the Run for the Little Flowers 5K

Baby Sheng

To anyone who reads my blog, my blog is being taken over for the next 18 days by Run for the Little Flower Virtual 5k posts.  You all will get updates on the run and get to meet our great sponsors.

For now, I need to just make you all aware of a few things:

1. We are at 136 runners/walkers/donors and I am so pleased!!  Please continue to spread the word. We are so close to meeting the goal of 1 walker/runner for everyone 1 MILLION Orphans (which means we will have raised enough money to cover a Nanny's salary for 6 months)

2. Due to the volume of registrants, I did order extra shirts.  So, I have plenty for those who still want to register.  Once we get down to the last few in each size, I will post here and on the run's facebook page to let you all know.

3. There are only about 17 medals left, so register ASAP to ensure you get one if you want one. 

4.  The shirts will, hopefully, be in my hands by the end of the week and the medals sometime next week.  If you registered via paypal, watch for shipping confirmation and tracking!

5. Expect an email with race "bib" around October 13th.

That is it! Please contact me with any other questions!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower Run for the Little Flowers 5k challenge!!

Ok, all, we are at 129 entries for the run!!

And I have a BIG goal for today!
 

Since it is the Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower, I know we can do this.

Let's hit 147 registrants today!!! And, if we do, I personally will give one lucky registrant their choice of t-shirts from 147 Million Orphans!!
I would pick this one!!


So, if you have not registered, register today and spread the word!!