Hot Run, Cold Smoothie


This morning’s five mile run with Sadie was a toasty one!

5 Mile Stats

I’m not going to complain about the heat because I am too happy for negative thoughts, as today’s second attempt at running following my bruised heel also proved pain free! Woop woop! πŸ˜€

Since Florida heat doesn’t believe in dissipating throughout the night or in the early morning, I returned from my run looking awfully sweaty.

A cold breakfast was the only way to go.


This morning I busted out the blender to make myself a strawberry banana protein smoothie.

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Into the blender went:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 c. frozen strawberries
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 scoop All the Whey strawberry protein powder
  • Enough milk to get everything movin’

Spoonful of Yummy

J is for Julie!

Quite a few of you have asked about this fancy-schmancy “J” cup. It is made by Tervis Tumbler and you may find them at Bed Bath and Beyond. The cup is virtually indestructible and the double-insulated walls greatly reduce condensation which is perfect for when you make cold drinks on a hot day.

Topped with a Straw

I love drinking a ginormous smoothie after a sweaty run.

It’s just so darn refreshing!

Happy Birthday to My Mama!!!

Today is a big day in the world of PBF!

Today is my mom’s birthday!

Mother-Daughter Love

Happy birthday to the most amazing mother in the whole wide world.

So Much Love

She Makes Me Happy

Happy Girls

Smilin' Over a Homecooked Meal

My mother is truly a remarkable woman.

Happy birthday, Mama. I love so many things about you:

  • I love your unwavering optimism
  • I love how I can always go to you for love and support
  • I love how a bowl of your chicken noodle soup makes any sickness go away and any sad feelings subside
  • I love that you shoot a basketball “granny style”
  • I love how you always have a “Welcome Home Julie” sign on the door every time I come to visit
  • I love that you now include Ryan and Sadie on that sign
  • I love how you’re always up for anything
  • I love that you said that you were thinking of your granddog when your doctor told you to think of something that made you happy
  • I love how Aunt Laurie said she knew I was your daughter when she caught me eating cake for breakfast
  • I love how unbelievably loving, giving and caring you are
  • I love how strong you are and how you faced breast cancer with courage and a sense of hope and faith unmatched by anyone
  • I love you for being the woman I strive to be every day

I can’t wait to celebrate your special day with you soon!

In honor of my mom’s birthday, feel free to share something you love about your mother below!

45 Responses

  1. Happy birthday to your mom!

    I love my mom is so unfaltering with her love for me. I always know she will be there!

  2. I love the way that my mom can make me feel safe, like everything is going to be alright no matter what! That’s an amazing ability!

    Your shake looked yum, congrats on another pain-free run, and I hope your mom has a splendid birthday! Happy Tuesday πŸ™‚

  3. Today is my mom’s birthday, too! I love my mom because she is so unbelievably giving and willing to do anything to make the people she loves happy.

  4. Happy birthday to your mom! You and your sister look just like her.

    I love that my mom is kind to everyone she meets.

  5. Happy birthday to your mom! I know I don’t give my momma nearly the amount of appreciation she deserves, but for how wonderful she is, it’s hard to know where to start! My momma is truly my inspiration. She gives selflessly of herself and never asks for a favor in return. The best compliment I can be paid is when people say I’m like her!

  6. i love my mother’s incredibly compassionate heart for everything and everyone. she’s my superhero!

    happy birthday to your mother!

  7. Aww happy birthday to your mom!

  8. Happy Birthday PBF’s Mom πŸ˜‰
    Cherish and enjoy every single second you can with your Mom…I lost mine a year ago and I miss her so dearly! I learned so much from her, I loved everything about her!

  9. Sweet post! I love my mom because of her strength, faith and love. She has 11 children, 8 in-laws and 15 grandchildren (2 special needs). Caring for so many requires so much strength, she gives everything to her family. My mom is really amazing.

  10. You have such a beautiful family! Happy birthday PBF mama!

  11. Awww, what a great tribute to your mom! Happy birthday to her!

    I love it that my mom is a kid at heart– when we were on vacation, she was constantly wanting to fly kites, play jacks, and play charades, lol.

  12. CUTE!
    Happy Birthday PBF Mom!!!

    I love my mom’s selflessness. seriously, the most caring person in the world
    I love that my mom does not act her age
    I love that my mom will still chop my boat-loads of fruit, because it’s something I hate to do
    I love that growing up, instead of having a birthday party for her, we would host a party at the local homeless shelter, for all the children there (who she said might not have ever had a birthday party…) i have such fun memories of those parties!
    i love that my mom purchased rockband, for herself and sends me pictures of the television screen to show off her “high scores”!

  13. Happy Birthday Momma!!

    I love that my mom doesn’t judge me–only listens.

  14. I love that my Mom loves animals as much as I do. BIg hearts πŸ™‚

    Happy very special day to your Momma!

  15. Happy Birthday to your Mama πŸ˜€
    Your lists of things about her gave me goosebumps- so sweet- especially the part about the sign & how she now puts Ryan & Sadie, so cute!!
    My mom is so amazing because even though she isn’t my ‘biological’ mom, she raised me as her own & she is the ONLY one I would ever call my mom!

  16. That smoothie looks so refreshing! I ran 5 miles this AM, too. I need to get a Garmin!

    Like others, I love that my mom loves and supports me unconditionally. I hope I can do the same some day! Perhaps more importantly (kidding!), I love that she will forego a traditional dinner and eat ColdStone for dinner with me. πŸ™‚

  17. Happy Birthday to your momma!!

    The cup is really cute and I have never seen it at my bed bath and beyond.. Perhaps I have to look better πŸ˜‰

  18. Happy Birthday Momma PBF!!!!

    I loved reading all the reasons you love her. So sweet. And how cute that she gives you a welcome sign when you come visit. Love it!

    I love my mom for her strength and patience. I don’t know how she survives living with my dad.

  19. Happy Birthday mama PBF. I’m sure your baking something fabulous to celebrate, as we speak.

    I love my mom’s patience. She loves me and my bro no matter what we do.

  20. Happy Birthday to your momma!

    I pretend like I dont, but I secretly love how people tell me I remind them of my momma. If I turn out to be even remotely as amazing as she is then I will be a happy girl!

  21. Happy Birthday Mama PBF! What a wonderful mother you have! Your words about why you love her were very touching to read. She is lucky to have you as a daughter πŸ™‚ I love my mama for always being there for me whenever I need her. She even drove 5 hours from home when I was college to stay with me because I was having a rough time. That’s love!

  22. ash – happy birthday to your mom! i know i love mine. i love how friendly my mom is. she’s one of those people that you sit near on a bus ride and 15 minutes later you’re exchanging numbers. i don’t know how she does it. but she gets along with everyone. unless you hurt one of her daughters. then she goes into mother bear mode.

  23. Aaw, this was a really sweet post. Happy Birthday to your mom!!

    I love my mom because she is supportive of everything I do. And because she doesn’t protest every set of errands we run turning into a trip to Starbucks πŸ˜€

  24. I love that my mom is exactly the woman I hope to be: athletic, successful, giving, loving, and constantly surrounded by friends. Happy birthday to your mom! This post really made me look forward to seeing mine! (In August πŸ™‚ )

  25. Today is my moms birthday too!

  26. i love the way she loves me and my brothers, makes us feel like we are the most important thing in the world ❀

    happy birthday to your momma! πŸ™‚

  27. Happy birthday to your mom! I hope your family will have a wonderful time celebrating it! πŸ˜€
    One thing I love about my mom is how she’s always so caring and understanding no matter what. I love my mommy <33

  28. Your smoothies always remind me of Strawberry Milkshakes! Yum!

    Yay for a pain free run!!!!

    And Happy Birthday to your wonderful mama! I can definitely see the resemblance she has with her two beautiful daughters! πŸ˜‰

  29. Happy Birthday to your mom! and I LOVE that coral dress you have on in one of the pictures… it’s my favorite color simply because it makes me feel really tan, ha! Where is it from?

  30. Happy Birthday to your Mama! πŸ™‚
    I love how my mom has had such an influence on my strong love of fashion!

  31. Happy Birthday Julie’s Mom!!

    I loved the list you made, Julie! It was so touching πŸ™‚ One thing about my Mom that I love is that she is one tough a cookie! She inspires me on a daily basis to be a graceful, strong, and independent woman.

  32. I love how my mom has become my best friend as I grow older. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. So strong for facing such a struggle with breast cancer. πŸ™‚
    I have a question:
    Does xanthan gum make your smoothies more milkshake like? I have been seeing it around the blogs and am wondering what it’s purpose is.

  33. i love that tumbler!

  34. Awe, this made me tear up. Happy Birthday to your mama!

    I love that my mom will always let me crawl into her lap if I need comforting, no matter how old I get.

  35. Ahh! Your list made me tear up! Happy Birthday to your sweet Mama!

    I don’t have a mom, however I LOVE seeing when others have a close relationship with theirs! I love my 2.5 yr-old twins and am always striving to be a better mother to them. Thanks for such a wonderful post!

  36. I always find it bittersweet when I see people who have such great relationships with their parents. I am so glad that you are blessed with an amazing woman as a mother! Mine is very passive agressive. And I can’t even talk to my father. Family relationships….are hard!

  37. Happy Birthday to your Mama! She sounds like a truly amazing woman.

    I’ll do list style like yours:

    — I love that my mom taught me to always speak my mind and stand up for my convictions.
    –I love that my mom would stay up all night creating elaborate clues to my hidden Easter basket and always made Christmas seem magical.
    –I love that my mom was such a free spirit, even when she embarrassed me with her hippie dancing.
    –I love that my mom was such a talented and passionate artist and singer and her memory inspires me to pursue my own dreams.

  38. What a great post. It really made me smile. So refreshing that you can share how much your mom means to you. I loved it. I thought about what my mom means to me but even more I was struck with thinking how much I hope my daughter will be like you. Your energy is wonderful and I think that you are inspiring to other young women. I am sure your mom is very proud of you.

  39. happy birthday to your mama!!!

    i love that my mom always stresses that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. πŸ™‚

  40. My mother had breast cancer when she was pregnant with me, and sadly, still had it 13 years later when she passed away from it. I loved her so much, she made me stronger though, and I’m thankful I still remember her. I know your mother when through cancer treatments herself, I think thats incredibly strong of her and I think shell be strong and healthy. There are so many developments every hour, my mom wasn’t as lucky, but she lived every day to its fullest so I try to do the same.

  41. Thank you, Julie. What a lovely post. You make me so happy too! I love that my mom always has a positive attitude. She has been amazing through the loss of my dad and lots of health set-backs. I also love that she is an incredible cook – knows how to make everything and ALWAYS prepares complete and balanced meals. xo Mama

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