Words to live by

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Cheers to Moms

Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

Maddy's 1st Birthday

My mom is my greatest inspiration and my biggest supporter. Often, we don’t spend much time with our parents after we head off to college. There are small visits that become shorter and shorter as time goes on, and we mainly gather over big holidays and family events. Few people get to experience what my mom and I did in the summer of 2011 when she agreed to travel in Elby the LOVE Bus with me across the country to SPREAD the LOVE!

This was by far one of the best and most memorable times of my life and a really special and incredible time to spend with my mom. Bless her heart, she volunteered (not knowing what she was getting into) to be my co-pilot, and we took off in Elby the LOVE Bus and traveled from Colorado to down to Texas, up to Wisconsin, and then down to Kentucky.

Map of Trip

Over the course of 2.5 months, she rallied and passed out samples of LOVE in stores, dolloped yogurt on parfaits at events, and endured all the crazy scenarios and situations that we came across on our adventures in Elby the LOVE Bus. She was more than a trooper…she was my savior. Had I not had her by my side, I am not sure how The National LOVE Tour ever would have happened.

Mom Driving

Maddy Driving

8-Elby LOVES Loves

Road Trip in Elby

That time together I will cherish more than anything. It was one of the best trips of my life.

Cheers to moms and all the amazing, incredible, and crazy things they do for their kids!

Wishing all of the moms out there a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Spread LOVE,

Fueled By Love

Many thanks to Bobbi from nhershoes for the great tips on how to fuel your body properly!


I can’t belive I have only 18 days until my marathon!! People always ask me how I fuel before a race and a run, so I thought I would do a little post on just that. I am a huge believer in having a little complex carb plus protein at least 30 minutes before you head out the door for a run and since some of my runs start at 4:45am, I get up pretty early to make this happen!


I usually have a piece of whole wheat toast with a tbsp of almond butter before my shorter runs (anything under 7 miles) and if it’s a longer run I do the same thing, but I eat my favorite Vega Sport Gu’s along the way. I think a lot of time it just depends on what’s right for your body. Some people can’t eat anything before they run and others can have an entire breakfast. I will say that whatever you do while you train, should be the same thing you do on RACE day! While I am running I usually carry a water bottle filled with Fitmixer amino acids as well.

I think my favorite thing to do post run/race is enjoy a big bowl of oats with my friends! I love our Friday morning FUN RUNS!! I always make a big bowl of oats with fruit and my favorite Love Grown granola toppings.


And when I am on the GO I refuel with Love Grown HOT OATS! Friends these babies are soooo good and are packed with energy and good fats! There is around 250 calories in each cup and they have 7-9 grams of protein!! You can buy them on amazon now too!


So there you have it friends. I fuel with LOVE and almond butter ;)

Thanks to Bobbi for her great answers! Check them out below!


Many thanks to Heather, the woman behind Heather’s Dish, for writing this fantastic post on the importance of food, friends, and family!

Food. Besides water, it’s truly one of the only necessities in the world; something which hasn’t been ousted by iPhones, internet access or television. Isn’t that crazy to think about, by the way? There are so many times that I’ve skipped the ceremony of eating dinner at a table in order to scarf it down in front of the TV or just standing in the kitchen; a really great meal with friends and family without distractions has started to become a rarity in my life!

The thing about food, besides the fact that we all need it, is that it really is one of the few things that brings people together. When we take a moment out of life to break bread together there’s really nothing sweeter than the realization that good friends and good food just can’t be beat!


A few years ago I was afraid, so to speak, of entertaining. I was under the impression that the house should be perfect, the meal should go off without a hitch, and the conversation should always flow lightly and perfectly until the end of the evening. I believed that our dogs should be well behaved (well, they actually should be but that’s another story) and we would never show any of our weirdness. And then we made come incredible friends and my perspective of entertaining changed completely.

We shared life together, which included great food, and in that whole living-life-togetherness we started to share our weird along with great food. We made great meals and fantastic parties in houses where there was no room to sit, with children and animals running wild, and with eyes full of laughter and tears – or both at times. I came to the realization that along with family, friendship is best shared over great food.

The years will continue to go on, trends will come and go, but good food and even better friendships are two of the big things this amazing life is made up of. May you always have both around your table!