Urban Walls....a STUNNING giveaway.


I have great news........today Urban Walls has offered to give away a $50 store credit to their amazing shop!!!! 

They have wall decals for every room; family; kitchen; bedroom; baby.

Here is just a few of my favorites but go check them out {here}

To Enter You must:
Like Urban Walls on {facebook}

Addition entries: 
1. Visit {urban walls} and let me know what you would get if you won
2. Become a follower of Urban Walls on {twitter}
3. Like Bouffe e Bambini on {facebook}

The giveaway will end in one week, next Friday at midnight. Good Luck!!!! 


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Meet the Gorgeous Moda Mama

She needs no introduction..........just have a look see.......she's stunning!

Hi!  I'm a young mama and artist who loves to play dress-up, but when my baby was born I started the downward spiral of sweatpants and hoodies.  I needed someone to be accountable to, and so ModaMama was born.  On there I share my daily fashion journey, including hair and beauty tips and tricks, and the general ridiculousness that is my nutso life!  With a musician husband, a precocious baby, a little energetic dog, and all our artistic projects, there's certainly a lot to go around.  I'd love to meet you and enjoy some laughs and cute outfits!  Thanks so much.
  
SHE'S GIVING SOMETHING AWAY!!!!

Well.......guest what? This amazing woman and blogger has offered to give away one ad spot size 200X200 on her blog.

Mandatory Entry can be either 

1. Follow Moda Mama on {google Friend Connect}
 OR 
2.  Follow Moda Mama's {RSS feed}
OR 
3. Follow Moda Mama on {bloglovin}

OR you can do all 3 or 2 and leave separate comments but only one is required. The giveaway will be open one week and close next Thursday at midnight!!!! 





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Finally.....a little definition.......a little update on my crazy life

Well..........I have found myself Waaaaaayyyyy behind every since we got back from vacation. I am behind on house work, emails, bills....you name it. I haven't cooked anything in months....BOO:( I love to cook but I have been working my 55 hour work weeks which kills me and then hitting the marathon training hard!!!! 

My full marathon is in a month!!!! 

This week I did a 17 mile training run and kept my pace in the 9min/mile range the hole time. It was a fantastic run and I finished strong. I am REALLY excited about the race.

I started thinking I wanted to wear something cute if I was going to have to 26.2 miles so I got myself this little fem skirt to run in. Isn't it ADORABALE???? I'll wear it with a hot pink T or tank and hot pink knee high compression socks. LOVE!!!!

Please excuse the sweatshirt and morning mess of no make up and hair not done AND HORRIBLE  IPHONE PIC!!!!!!! 

But look.......my legs finally are getting a little definition in them!!!!! YAY!!!!! If I keep at this another year, I might just  have a true runner's body!!! WHOOP! 



Oh and speaking of hair I forget to tell you I cut it.....well actually I made my poor, poor hubby cut it. I thought he was doing to have an anxiety attack. I'm a beauty school drop out so I told him what to do to cut the back and then I layered the bejesus out of it. 


To be honest......It was just getting in the way of my running and that's kinda number one right now so it had to go.......I will style it and fix it and post a proper what I wore shoot so you can actually see how it looks styled in a few days......just wanted to give y'all a little update in my crazy world!!!!! 

I have a fantastic giveaway posting Tomorrow and Friday so stick around loves!!!!! 



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New Orleans Vacation Recap

Well.......I think this will be my last post about our amazing trip to New Orleans.

This sign just pretty much sums it all up. The Southern hospitality is NO joke. 

So you darn right they got dat!!!!

 
Mother's

One of the oldest and most famous restaurants in New Orleans......however there are MANY!!!! 
I ate a biscuit that almost made me pass out and I would die one happy woman if I could ever even come close to figuring out how to whip that out.

You know how I feel about my hot pink jeans!! CAN"Y STOP WEARING THEM!!!!!! 


One of our all time favorite grocery stores in New Orleans....It's not just any Grocery store. They have fine wines......The most astonishing bakery EVER........and tons of cajun goodies that you cannot find anywhere else. LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! 
Ahhhhh...............Emeril's. You can never go wrong with Emeril's. We didn't eat there this trip but  m,y husband used to be a chef there.......It's one of New Orlean's finest!

A statue. 
A tribute those victims of hurricane Katrina......Those who lost their lives, their pets, their homes. It's emotional for us.


This is what you will find surrounding the city of New Orleans.......SWAMPS!!!!!!
Ahhhh.................The good old Mississippi river

This is a famous hot sauce Made in New Orleans that tends to be very difficult to find elsewhere so we bought to giant jars home with us!!!! This sign has been there forever but it;s been refurbished post Katrina!

The good thin about New Orleans is they really know how to eat. I mean REALLY!!!!! 

This is a Lake view Harbor cheeseburger with a loaded bakes potato. 

It was about 5 blocks from our house when we lived there. We had to stop in and get a burger. 


This is the house that My husband's father built many, many years ago. He inherited it and then we lost it to Katrina. It had 13 feet of water inside for 3 weeks. It had to be completely gutted from the ground up and rebuilt but looks very similar. 
It's always really sad for us to drive by it but especially hard this time because it's for sale again. WE WANTED TO BUY IT SO BAD!!!!! 
ughhhh.........heart ache

On a much lighter note....here is absolute fave ice cream and pastry shoppe in New Orleans. Homemade EVERYTHING! The ice cream and Cannoli's are too die for!!!!!!

 



Well.....that just about sums up our trip. We hadn't been on a vacation in years and we  hardly ever get to anything so this was an over the top special treat for us!!!! I am eternally grateful!!! 

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Inspirational Interview with Skinny Runner

I am so honored to be introducing you all to Skinny Runner today!!!!! I stumbled across her {blog} and was immediately inspired by her story. 


She qualified for Boston the very first marathon she ever ran.......WOW. What an inspiration. I think her story is amazing and I wanted to share it with you so I asked her do a little interview here on bouffe e bambini. Thank you so much Skinny Runner!!!! 

1. What was the first race you ever ran, why, and how did it end up?
My first race was the Nike Womens Half Marathon in San Francisco in October of 2008.  My friend had asked me to run it with her, I didn't want to but being a middle child people pleaser, I said sure.  I ended up loving the race atmosphere and going long.  And it didn't hurt that chocolate was handed out on the course!

2. What happened to you in that first race that made you want to do it again and again and again?
Nothing specific happened, I mean, I ran the slowest half marathon I've ever run (2:15), but I think I was attracted to the idea of seeing how much faster I could run and how much better I could do.

3. On average how any miles a week do you run? And you say you don't do specific speed work or interval training so how do you manage to improve your time to such amazing speeds?
I'd guess I run about 60-65 miles a week, but I don't really keep track per week.  I have never followed a specifc training plan (and don't plan to), but I believe the key to getting faster is simply running faster in your training.  Do that however you want: hit the track, run Yasso 800s, do mile repeats, run hill sprints, whatever.  Just run faster so your body gets used to performing at that level.

4. Have you qualified for Boston? Have you run the Boston marathon yet?
Yes, I qualified for Boston at my first marathon and 10 of the 12 I ran in 2010.  And yep, I ran Boston last year and am running it again this year.  My husband came with me last year and this time, my parents are traveling with me to Beantown.

5. What do you do to cross train?
Lately I've been going to barre classes (Xtend barre) and have been loving those because you sweat like a cardio workout, but it's also strength and core training too. 
And I go to the gym and spin on the bike or elliptical for a bit.  I just like to sweat!
6. Have you ever considered going professional or is this just recreational for you? 
Ha!  I'm not fast enough to be do anything professional except professionally suck :)  But even if I had the opportunity, I don't know if I'd take it.  I love not having a training plan, I love no one telling me what to do or run, and I enjoy just farting around in a lot of my runs.

7. Does your husband run also or are you flying solo on this one?
Nope, he doesn't run at all.  He makes a sexy cheerleader at some of my bigger races, but he's not into the whole running thing and in general, thinks most runners (me included) are insane.

8. Do you watch what you eat or eat anything  your little heart desires?
If I ate everything I wanted, I would be on that "My 600-lb Life" show on TLC.  I definitely watch what I eat, but I don't count calories or follow any specific plan.  I simply try to make the healthiest choice possible and treat myself to what I really want.  I can pass on cookies, but a glass of champagne?  Yes, please!

9. What was your favorite race of all time and why?
That's a hard one; I love the New York City Marathon, I loved running the Eugene Marathon with my little brother, and of course, PR marathons are always fun.  So I guess I don't really have an all time favorite.  But if I could only run 1 marathon for the rest of my life, it'd be New York.

10. Do you ever plan to stop running races at the pace your going?
For the past 2 years I've ran 12 marathon each year and I'm sure that I won't always keep up that pace.  Life changes, motivation changes, and I don't think I'll always value racing as I do now.  I hope that I run as long as I'm physically possible, but running has never been my life.  It's a part of it but it doesn't define me.

11. What do you do in your spare time dare I ask if you have any left at all after all this running and racing?
I love to travel so that's pretty much where all my money goes.  And I love being with my family so if I can combine running, traveling and family together, it's a perfect vacation.

12. I also know you have a clothing line. What inspired that and Where can our readers purchase your merchandise?
I had made a shirt to race in and received so many questions about it that I created a few more shirts for others.  They're all technical fabrics (running shirts) and this post (http://skinnyrunner.com/2012/01/24/sr-shirts/)  is where you can get them.  Just email me at sr@skinnyrunner.com and I can send you an invoice.  Shipping's free too.
This is the one I just bought.........I think I'll run my marathon in it!!!! How adorable is this?

 Thank you so much Skinny Runner for sharing your story with us today! Honestly, you area n inspiration I am so glad to have found you and your {blog}.  You can read Skinny Runner's whole running story {here}


To read more inspirational running interviews click {HERE}






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Louisiana Vacation Part Three: The Lafayette Zoo

After we spend 3 glorious days enjoying New Orleans we headed to Lafayette to see the family!!!! It was wonderful to be able to stay in a warm, familiar environment and the kids just LOVED, LOVED , LOVED seeing the family. It was fantastic!!!! 

So one of the things we did was take the kids to the zoo!!! It was a blast! 

 

They LOVED this little cute pig.......we were feeding him breadsticks! 

 
The zoo had a little train that took you around the zoo which was really fun for the kids.
My Entire World right here
 
Meet the family......Isnaya my hubby's aunt and Schanda my hubby's sister and beautiful Isabella Milton and Ginger's cousin! Aren't they lucky?
The entire trip the only thing Little Milton really wanted to see was an alligator so thank goodness they had a few.....He's in awe! 

Believe it or not I have MORE Louisiana vacation pics coming.........I also have an AWESOME giveaway next week and an really inspiring interview so stick around. It's going to be a good week!!!! 



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