Red Face, Purple Nails, and Green Beer.

Hi again! Smile

So how was everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend??

We had a great weekend.  First on Friday, while Brandon was still working, I went for a 9-mile run at Suwanee Creek Greenway.

suwanee creek pic


I’ve mentioned before that Georgia has way more hills than Ohio, but I’ll say it again.

Georgia has way more hills than Ohio. Disappointed smile

I felt great for most of the run, but by the end, the sight of another hill made me physically (and mentally!) cringe in anticipation.  And after completing the run, my face was a lovely shade of tomato-red. Winking smile


(That’s actually an old picture, but it’s a very accurate replica of my look on Friday!)

So since I’m a newbie to running hills, I decided to do a little research on hill running and share it with all of YOU! Smile

Some good news about hill running?  It makes you stronger and faster! Thumbs up

- From an assistant professor of exercise: “Do it week after week, and your body begins to adapt to the stresses … in other words, it gets stronger.” (Source)

- From a running coach: “There’s nothing better for developing speed and muscle power.” (Source)

Another interesting thing I found?  Running hills lessens the risk of injury!

- “And hills by their nature lessen the risk of injury because the slope shortens the distance you have to ‘fall’ or land, reducing impact. ” (Source)

How cool is that???

All that being said, what are some strategies on how to run hills properly?

I like that this article explains what to do with each part of your body while running a hill.  Some examples from the article:

LEGS: “Push your legs off and up, rather than into, the hill.”

FEET: “Get up on your forefeet and take shorter strides … Run with punctuation.”

Check out the rest of the article for many more great tips! Thumbs up


OK, so back to my weekend (because it’s all about me, right? Smile with tongue out)

After a nice long shower, I gave myself a manicure.


Being the trend setter follower that I am, I read somewhere that purple was the “cool” color for the spring, and I decided to try it out.  I think I’m a fan! Smile

On Saturday morning, Brandon washed the cars, while I planned out the rest of our day.


I had found this coupon for wine tasting a while back, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day … especially because I saw that the winery was planning a whole “St. Patty’s Day celebration” at their Irish Pub!


Chateau Elan is the largest winery in Georgia.  They also have an inn, spa, multiple golf courses, and several restaurants on the grounds!


Behind me (notice I’m already using my new shorts and shoes! Winking smile) is the winery … so pretty!


Brandon (reluctantly) posing in front of the vineyards. Smile with tongue out


I like to think I’m funny … I don't know smile


Inside the winery, there was a cute little store with plenty of fun things to check out.  We also bought our tickets for the tour and tasting here … with my coupon, it was only $10 total for both of us! Thumbs up


The tour itself would have been interesting … if I could have heard our tour guide.  He was an older gentleman, and it was a big group, so his voice didn’t carry to the back. 

But I did learn that the difference between red wine and white wine is that the skin is left on the grapes when making red wine … who knew?!  I guess that makes sense, since red wine is supposed to be healthier for you.  They always say that most of the nutrients are in the skin of the fruits and veggies, right? (I’m just so smart, aren’t I? Winking smile)


We had a small taste of 5 different types of wines.


Brandon’s favorite was the “Scarlet 211,” which was a dry, red wine.  My favorite was the Muscadine, because it was super sweet and fruity (no big surprise there, right? Winking smile).


And for once in my life, I didn’t get carded!  Maybe I’m starting to finally look like I’m of legal drinking age?! Surprised smile

After the wine tasting, we headed over to the Irish Pub to check out the festivities.


They had a bunch of games set up for the kids (and the adults … I may have shown Brandon up in one match … Angel).


They also had live Irish music …


… and green beer!

Of course, someone (cough Brandon cough cough) may have been more interested in the Ohio State basketball game than the St. Patty’s Day festivities. Winking smile  We ended up watching most of the game in the pub with some other fans.

After we had our fill of St. Patrick’s Day fun, we headed back south to Suwanee for some Mellow Mushroom pizza!


Vegetarian readers, I’m afraid this post just isn’t for you.  We got the “Mighty Meaty” pizza, which came with pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef, and applewood smoked bacon!


Yum! Smile

All in all, it was a pretty great weekend!

Now a question for you …

What did you do this weekend?  Did your weekend involve any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?

Any thoughts or advice on hill running?

Favorite kind of wine?

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38 Responses to Red Face, Purple Nails, and Green Beer.

  1. DeBlasio

    Chocolate Wine :)

  2. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    you are so cute! I love your outfit for the trip to the winery and St. Patty’s Day.
    I always think of Georgia being super flat and Ohio being hilly. Clearly I was wrong. But, very cool you get to be a stronger faster runner now!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no, Ohio is totally flat. At least where we lived was … maybe not all areas of Ohio. But Wapakoneta = flat + lots and lots of corn fields and hay bales! ;)

  3. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw, sounds like an amazing weekend!! I would absolutely love to go to a winery some day :) . Your nails look so pretty too! I cannot paint my nails and have them look that good…I always get the polish on the sides haha. Loving your new shorts and shoes too pretty lady!! I have been hanging with my man all weekend which is awesome!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh don’t be fooled … if you looked closer, I’m sure you’d see some paint on my skin haha!! ;)

  4. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    we have a ton of hills by our house, so all that hill running info is great to know! hills are pure torture in my opinion. ha!
    the winery sounds like it was so much fun! i’m all about the sweet and fruity wines too. :) and that pizza sounds amazing!
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  5. Krista @ A Belle in DC

    I love Monchhoff wine! It is my favorite right now.
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  6. Faith @ For the Health of It

    Looks like the absolute perfect weekend – your polish choice is gorgeous, and the winery trip looks like a winner. Thanks for all of the info on the hill running too!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hey pretty lady … I tried to comment on your blog, but (maybe I’m having a blonde moment … ?) I was having some difficulty. Anyways, wanted to send sympathy about your computer. You are probably the 5th or 6th blogger that has said something similar in the past couple of months! It scares me that my computer could do the same thing! :/

  7. Kat

    Looks like an awesome weekend! LOVE the green beer!! We actually didnt really celebrate since neither of us like alcohol, but we did go out to eat! Plus tried to have GREEN with every meal, which always makes this interesting ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I was thinking about you this weekend. I made the mistake of watching that movie Food Inc, and I am now scarred for life haha. I think I might need to start eating as healthy as you do!!! ;)

  8. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    Wow that sounds like one very full and fun weekend!

    I had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day celebrating in Chicago. They even dye the river green.

    I do love me some wine but I’d have to say my favorites are Sauvignon Blanc for white and Malbec for red.

    • notsodomesticated

      One of my girlfriends lives in Chicago, and she’s told me how much fun the city is around St. Patrick’s Day. Glad you were able to enjoy it!! :)

  9. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    For wine I prefer whites, I love a good resiling or pinot grigio
    Love the purple nails!!
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  10. Theresa

    what a fun weekend!! i’ve never been to a wine tasting before, i’d love to try one someday. my favorite kind is a toss up between cabernet sauv or chardonnay.

    my weekend was alot of fun! went to the nyc parade and had many drinks with alot of good people. awesome time.

    my town is so hilly that hill running is unavoidable..but i enjoy the challenge! i’m really used to hills by now :)
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  11. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    That sounds like such a great St Patricks Day! I love going to winery’s, so much fun. Great job on your run too!
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  12. Yellow Haired Girl

    What a fun weekend! And that pizza looks incredible!

    I celebrated St. Patty’s Day with some friends in true Irish fashion (aka liquor was involved).

    And a fave wine? Pfffft. Wine, in general ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you are so funny! Good to know that you don’t discriminate. ;)

  13. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    We usually stay home on St. Patty’s day (night) because of all the crazy people out partying and driving. My friend is the drummer for a band (Brandon Lay Band – check them out on itunes!), and they were playing in town Saturday night, so we went out. It was pretty low key (although I wanted to dance but no one else was, and I was worried about embarrassing Daniel lol), but it was fun! Last night was family dinner – we had Mexican food and played Phase 10 until midnight. So much fun!

    Love your purple nails and your new clothes – you look adorable!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I don’t think I’ve heard of Phase 10 before!! You gotta explain that one to me!

  14. amy @ fearless homemaker

    yum! we have a mellow mushroom in nashville + their pizza is great. looks like you had a fab weekend, girlie!
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  15. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Oh my gosh.. totally know what you mean with those hills. I’m pretty sure Clemson is pure rolling hills, no flat ground. But they say, if you train in a hilly city, then you can run anywhere! Though, I would warn you.. I injured my knee running on hills, because on the DOWNhill your knees take a lot more force than they do on flat ground. Be careful!

    That wine tour looks fun! So interesting about the red wine being made with the skin! Makes sense! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Such a good point, Avery. Running downhill SEEMS like it would be easy, but it can definitely be jarring to the joints!!

  16. Jentry Nielsen

    This looks so fun! I am so jealous! We had some green and played some games with a group of friends, but no fun winery! ha
    That pizza does look delicious though, very meaty indeed! haha
    I never knew that about the skins of the wine, that is pretty interesting! :)
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  17. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Your weekend looks like a blast! And you look absolutely gorgeous! Glowing from your 9-miler! :)

    My favorite type of wine is Moscato! But I also love a glass of red. :)
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  18. Corrie Anne

    I actually do have an odd affection for hill running on treadmills. It’s the perfect way to break up boredom on those things. And it makes you KILL!!!!!! when it comes to no hills!!!
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  19. Krista @ A Belle in DC

    Oh goodness! That does sound stressful. I only have a 600 square ft apartment to decorate, so that limits my options which certainly reduces my anxiety as well. I love pinterest for decorating and craft ideas though. Hope it helps!
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  20. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I like your purple nails!

    Jordan and I actually celebrated Easter with his family on St.Patty’s Day because they’ll be gone for Spring Break on the actual day!
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  21. Baking Serendipity

    I love wine tastings! And I always go for the sweeter wines too :) I’m slowly becoming a grown up and branching out, but they are definitely my favorites.
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  22. Shelley

    Kristen, you are SO adorable. I remember you talking about your blog @ group, but I’ve never read it. This is so neat, and creative. I could actually “hear” you talking. So happy you’ve transitioned so well with your big move. Sounds like you guys had an awesome weekend. I love wine tasting. And I’m totally into sweet & fruity also. My fav is Moscato…yummy! Now I can’t wait to read your next blog:) Have a great week!!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you so much, Shelley!! I miss you guys! I’m so happy for answered prayers for Betsie and Robby! Hope you are doing well!!

  23. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    I just found you blog and I am so glad I did! You are adorable and I can totally respect, relate, and admire your faith page! Looking forward to reading more! :-)

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Jana! Looking forward to getting to know you more!! :)

  24. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    I’ve only been to Chateau ELan once, but I loved it- so beautiful! Looks like a wonderful time :)
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  25. Jessica

    That pizza looks SO GOOD. Jealous.
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  26. SkinnyRunner

    dang girl, you know how to celebrate the day right! wine tasting, green beer, pizza, sounds like a great day!

  27. Heather

    Sounds like a great weekend!!!

    I live in a hilly area, so I have no choice to run them. We have a love/hate relationship… they love to annoy me, I hate them, and I love the results they give me. Hey, every relationship is complicated to some extent! ;)
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