Monday, March 10, 2008

Welcome UBP 08 gals!

Regular readers note that is having an Ultimate Blog Party '08! You are invited. To find out how to participate click here! Lots of prizes will be given away!

Those visiting from the UBP '08 - well - Welcome to My Bayou Vieux! I have been blogging almost 1 year. I am a 33 year old SAHM who moved down here to good ole' New Orleans in April 2004. I love the south and I love New Orleans. I am originally from Ohio and let me tell you I don't miss all that snow you northerners are getting right now! (Although my daughter would love to play in it right now!)

I enjoy the outdoors, writing, reading, traveling and just doing fun stuff with my family. When I am not handling the children (he he!) I work part-time from home as a web designer. (Read my work at home post!). I am also trying to get back into a workout routine. (My youngest is 20 months). Due to that I am offering up some excercise advice and a quick healthly recipe for my new visitors.

For those who have never jogged and wish to start I have passed the following tips that worked for me along to a few friends and they said it worked for them too!
1. Stretch well and walk briskly to warm up.
2. Jog (don't run!) as slowly as you can. Just a bit faster than you walk.
3. Focus on your breathing. If it gets fast, slow down.
4. Pick a target out in front of you and only jog to that point. A mailbox, driveway, tree, etc.
5. If you feel you can get past that selected point, look ahead to a new target and jog to that point.
6. Eventually, use your car to measure out 1 mile in your neighborhood and then try to run that distance.
6. If you must stop only try to stop and walk enough to catch your breathe a bit and then start again. If I need to stop, I try to stop about 10 strides before a mailbox or stop sign. Then, I know when I reach that point I have to resume running.
7. At the end of each run, sprint the last 100 yards as fast as you can!

If you try these running tips and they work for you, let me know!

Whole Wheat Pitas
Pesto Sauce
Tomatoes sliced
Fresh Basil
Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

Spread the Pesto sauce on the pitas. Pile on tomatoes, basil and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. A friend introduced me to this recently at a playdate and it was yummy!

If you try this recipe and love it too, let me know!

My blog is giving away a one month supply of RetainerFresh Retainer Cleaner. Since the UBP site can't host anymore prizes (wordpress limit they tell me) I am giving away my prize myself. Leave a comment with why you would like the prize and who it would be for (you, your child, your friend, etc) and I will pick a winner March 15th! If you don't have a blog, leave an email addresss so I can notify you if you win!


Scrapping Servant said...

LOL, retainer cleaner, that is too cool... nice to meet you... come visit me when you get a chance.

Anonymous said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

Happy Partying!

cltgrace said...

Yummy recipe!!

Welcome to the party! What a great opportunity to make some new bloggy friends!

Peek in on us at GraceFULL days~ we love new faces & comments. Bloggy thanks in advance for voting for my GraceFULL moment at Vicks Caring Tributes:

Grace to you~

Bluestocking said...

Hello! Happy Blog Party. It's nice to meet you. I hope you can drop by my blog. I review books, so hopefully , you'll find something good to read.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Nice to meet you - hope you enjoy the party - party hearty... take care and don't be a stranger...

Storm said...

Nice to meet you. I love the concept of the blog. Happy blogging!

Cold Spaghetti said...

I clicked over from a friend's site and was tickled to find that we moved to NOLA the exact same time from Southeast Michigan (not where we are from, but where we lived from 2000-2004). I'm with you: no missing that snow, sleet, and ice in the slightest!!