Gone for a Run review and giveaway

I received a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Gone for a Run giveaway

Gone for a Run offers lots of great gifts for runners. They contacted me about reviewing one of their products and I gladly accepted. I chose the custom medal hanger since I was just about to complete my first full marathon. I scanned a copy of the race bib after I completed it and within about a week I had my medal hanger in my hands!

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They scanned the exact copy of my race bib and it’s mounted on a wooden plaque with the hook attached. I absolutely love it. It’s a great way to remember my first full marathon. The shipping was fast and the product was delivered as promised.

I had the perfect place for it, right beside my other medals.

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They have something for every runner!




With so many choices, you will have a hard time deciding what to spend this gift card on. Gone For a Run has graciously offered a $20 electronic gift card to a lucky reader. You have several ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway runs from 8AM CST Tuesday, April 1, 2014 until 8PM CST Tuesday, April 8, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.

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Did you workout today?

Do you have any souvenirs from a race?

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Influenster J’Adore VoxBox review

This post contains affiliate links. I received complimentary sample products to try, all opinions are my own. 

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This VoxBox from Influenster had lots of fun goodies in it. Have you tried Influenster? It’s free and the more you interact on social media, the more opportunities for cool boxes you get!

This box included items from:

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The Boots Botanics clay mask was something I’ve never used. Honestly, until recently I didn’t even use moisturizer (YIKES). I know, I know. Lately I’ve been paying better attention to my skin. I like this mask. First time I squirted it out, I hadn’t shaken the container and runny mud water went everywhere. Rookie mistake. Shake the container so it mixes together. I’ve used it several time and I follow it up with my moisturizer. I like it!

Glammin’ it up.

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Who doesn’t love Hershey’s kisses? That bag was not sample size, it was family size and we are enjoying them. My daughter keeps throwing them in her lunch box every day for her and her friends. That chocolate is some of my favorite.

The John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease product is great. I used to straighten my hair every day and this is a product I would have used. Now that I’m going curly all the time, I have used it to tame frizzy hair but not so much for the straightening help. I’ve been using it on Ally’s hair though. She has thin, in between wavy, straight hair so it has so be blow dried or a straightener run through it.

John has been the one using the Vaseleine men’s spray lotion. I used it once just to test the texture, etc. It has a smell, I think like a faint cologne. I’m just guessing but this might be best in a non-scented product.

I have not tried the Kiss Lashes yet. I’m not sure the fake eye lashes are for me, but I’ll be sure and post a picture if I do!

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Apera bags review and giveaway!

This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary product for review. All opinions are my own. 

I was so excited to get this bag in the mail. I love my current gym bag, but it’s a black hole. I can never find anything in there when I need it. My Apera bag has lots of fun pockets and storage. I don’t have a lot of storage at home to store my running and gym paraphernalia so it gets kept in my bag, things like my flashlight for running, iPod, lifting gloves, headphones, goggles, etc. It goes with me to the gym and in the car when I meet friends for a run.

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It came the day before I was heading out of town for the Cowtown race. I packed just what I needed at the finish line and during the day Saturday. It has side pockets for shoes, yes, even holds running shoes. It has storage in the back for sweaty clothes as well as a separate wet clothes bag.

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It has storage on top for phones and other small electronics and a padded pocket in the front that held my iPad. I think my Chromebook will go in there without the case on it. The main compartment unzips to lay out flat so it’s easy to find stuff.

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It’s also a light color inside making it easier to find what I need.

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I stuffed my bag today with shoes, clothes to change into after work, my watch, gym towel and there was still room for the water bottle to fit in the side pocket.

Apera bags

Apera gives away a bag each month from their website.  To enter the giveaway on Apera’s website, you just have to submit your email for their newsletter and they draw a random winner from those subscribers. The bag for March is the Sling Tote. They also donate a Sprint Pack to Special Olympics for each 3 bags they sell. Currently Duffel Packs and Blue Bags are on sale for 40% off.

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Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Sprint Pack from Apera along with a 25% coupon off the bag of your choice from their collection. This is not your ordinary light weight bag. It has an outside zipper pocket and a divider inside the bag. It’s drawstring with adjustable straps and a hook at the top to hang in a locker. This bag is the perfect one to grab for a quick trip to the gym, park, the fair or a school field trip. The giveaway is open to US residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

The giveaway starts 8AM CST March 13, 2014 and ends 8PM CST March 20, 2014.

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Do you carry a gym or running bag?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

My Race Ragz review and giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links. I was given a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own.**

I’m excited about new shirt from My Race Ragz. Jenny at MetamorFit gave me the opportunity to make my own shirt and give a luck reader one!

My Race Ragz offers five styles of shirts for men and five for women. I chose the Women’s Synergy Race Tank. Once you choose the style of your shirt, you get to design it. They have pages and pages of pre-made designs and graphics. I spent a few days going through it before deciding on mine. I chose a pre-made quote for the front and added my website to the back. You can change the colors on the pre-made graphics as well.

There’s a tool to center it and change the size. You can change the font on a custom design. There were almost too many options for me, it took me a while to decide!

Once I finalized my order, I had it within a week. It was easy and very quick. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely use them again.

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If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like about it, I’d say the sizing. I used the chart and my shirt is a little smaller than I would prefer. I went with a medium and for a point of reference I wear a small in shirts at Old Navy. I should have ordered a large. Of course, if I lose just a few inches in the middle this shirt will be perfect!

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I wore it for the Cowtown 5k race and it was perfect. It didn’t ride up or bug me in any way. I can’t wait to wear it more this summer. I washed it in the washing machine, but hung it up to dry. I definitely don’t need it to shrink. I hang dry all my workout clothes.

You can find My Race Ragz online here, on Facebook and Twitter.

If you want a chance to design your own shirt, just use the Rafflecopter below. There are several ways to earn entries. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be a US Resident to enter.

The giveaway starts Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8AM CST and ends March 7, 2014 at 8PM CST. The winner will be notified via email.

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Did you work out today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

What would you put on your custom designed My Race Ragz shirt?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 23: Nuun All Day review + giveaway!

January Jumpstart day 23 started bright and early for me! Thursday is always an early day, whether at the gym or logging miles on the pavement. Today was a gym day. I did my first set of wall balls with squats. Those aren’t real fun, but I’ll keep trying it!

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I received a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own.

I love Nuun! I use their active hydration tabs weekly. My favorite flavors are fruit punch and tropical so far. There’s a few others I want to try.

So, I was pretty excited when I found out they have a new product, Nuun All Day. They were gracious enough to send me a 4 pack to try out AND we have a 4 pack to give away! The all day hydration only has 4 flavors right now so you get all 4: Grapefruit orange, Grape Raspberry, Tangerine Lime and Blueberry Pomegranate.

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The Nuun All Day is an all natural electrolyte tab enhanced with vitamins and minerals, but has less sodium than the Active hydration so you can stay hydrated all day.

You drop 1 tab into 16 ounces of water and let it dissolve. You can break a tab in half as well for 8 ounces of water. I tried all 4, but my favorite is the blueberry pomegranate.

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The All day product has under 8 calories and no sugar.

I like my drinks really cold so I usually make it the night before. Most days I drink water ok, but some days I struggle so this has helped already. I drank 6-7 glasses today and that’s a good day for me. Only 16 ounces was with the Nuun in it.

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I hope they come out with some of the original flavors for the All Day version!

There are several ways to enter in the rafflecopter below. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 23, 2014 until 8PM CST January 29, 2014. The winner will be contacted January 30, 2014. You must be a US resident to receive the prize. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Have you tried Nuun?

Did you work out today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 21: NeoCell review and giveaway

Welcome to day 21 of January Jumpstart!

My workout this morning was a 5 mile run.

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I received a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own.

I’ve been trying out a few new products this month. I’m excited to tell you about it and give you the chance to try it yourself! NeoCell contacted me about trying a few of their products and I chose the Keratin Hair Volumizer and Collagen Sport recovery powder in chocolate.

The Keratin Hair Volumizer are pills, you take 2 at a time, twice a day. I have a hard time with big pills, I have a crazy gag reflex. These pills are easy to swallow and have no after taste. I didn’t have any issues swallowing them. I have been taking them every other day to make them last a little longer, but I’ve noticed a difference in my hair texture. I have crazy, naturally curly hair. It takes lots of product to tame it.

These vitamins have keratin in them which helps with the frizz and I need all the help I can get!

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The Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery  Complex is a powder. You can mix it in a shaker bottle with water or milk or make a smoothie out of it. I made smoothies with mine. I love the flavor! It mixes well and has a good chocolate flavor. This is a great recovery, post workout shake!

Neocell Collagen

It has 30 grams of protein (15g Whey Isolate and 15g Super Collagen), 123 calories and .5 gram of fat, as well as a host of other vitamins. It is gluten free, does not have sugar, lactose, artificial flavors or synthetic ingredients. For more information on the health benefits see this article.

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I found a review for the Beauty Bursts and I want to try those as well!

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This giveaway is open from 9AM CST January 21, 2014 until 8PM CST January 26, 2014. It’s open to US Residents only. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

Do you have a favorite post workout drink or shake?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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Nutrition Snob clothing {review and giveaway}

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Have you heard of Nutrition Snob Clothing? She has the cutest stuff! Burnout tanks, long sleeve tops, off the shoulder tops: they all have one thing in common….being healthy!


Love this one! Make It Count!


I was sent the burn out tank in purple, it says Strong is the New Skinny. It’s something I have to tell myself all the time. I know “skinny” is relative, to some I may be. But just like there’s always someone faster than me, there’s always someone skinnier. I used to have this idea that I had to be skinny. What I need to be is healthy and strong. And I am that. I’m healthier than I’ve been in a long time and I’m definitely stronger than I’ve ever been.


I ordered black writing on a purple tank. (I wish I had gone with white, it might be easier to read). I love this tank, I’ve worn it several times to the gym. It’s comfy, it’s not too tight, not too hot. It goes great with my purple Handful bra! A girl’s gotta match right?

This one will be my Christmas present/reward for running 26.2!


My purple tank is a medium. Suzanne does a great job on the sizing. Each item is a little different so check the sizing. She tells you in the description what she’s wearing and what her measurements are.

She is offering one of our readers the chance to win an item of your choice. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. It’s open to US Residents only. No custom orders. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.  You can enter from 7AM CST August 18, 2013 until 8PM CST August 22, 2013.

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Frog Fuel Review & giveaway {guest post}

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs. She recently reviewed Frog Fuel and has a giveaway!


**I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.
When you are training, you try all kinds of stuff!  I got my hands on this Frog Fuel that is developed by Navy Seals.  Hey if they take it then it must be pretty hard core stuff!
I generally have a hard time with shots of any kinds whether they are alcoholic, Gu, whatever! These were pleasantly thinner than the Gu’s so they went down much quicker and smoother.  Granted I’m not sucking these down as treats, they definitely did the job.  I swam after my shot and it totally boosted my swim with extra energy, I LIKED that!
Want to try it for yourself?  Enter to win 2 shots!
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Don’t forget the other giveaway we have going on!  The 1stTimeTri App giveaway!


Hope you all have a great day!
I got 3 miles in plus weights this morning. Did you work out yet?

PowerICE…everyone’s using it!

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Have you heard of PowerICE? I just found them about a month ago. They are located in Steamboat Springs, CO and have created a frozen electrolyte ice bar.

  • Caffeine free
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Gluten Free
  • Kosher
  • Has electrolytes
  • 100% Vitamin C
  • 30 calories per serving
  • And it’s frozen

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I have been eating these frozen pops for about a month before or after running outside in the heat. I had one before my half marathon on Memorial Day. It wasn’t as hot as it could have been in May, but it wasn’t cold either. I didn’t feel dehydrated, I was also drinking a lot of water during the race. The taste is good, I prefer the Lemon-Lime, but the Orange is good too!

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I had this one Sunday night after running 4 torturous miles in 86 degrees and 47% humidity! I literally thought I was going to vomit. When I got home I grabbed this and felt much better. I was able to eat dinner a little later. They are just like a popsicle and very yummy, maybe a little salty at first but that’s what I need after a hard workout!



You can find PowerICE on Twitter and Facebook!

PowerICE is offering one of my readers a 6 pack of the flavor of their choice. The sweepstakes is open to US residents only. It begins at 8AM CST Wednesday, June 12, 2013 and ends 8PM CST Sunday June 16, 2013. The Rafflecopter below offers several ways to earn entries. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Have you tried PowerICE yet? What was your workout today?

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Vitacost Review and Giveaway!

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Vitacost has great products!  I’ve had the opportunity to try several products and so far we have liked them all! This order had several things ~ Mulit-vitamins for Ally, Cognitive Support vitamins for me and some yummy fruit snacks.



  • Cognitive Support Vitamin ~ apparently I really needed this since I can’t even remember to take it every day. It supports “healthy brain function and memory recall”. I don’t know if it’s from being tired or just having too much to do, but I have been really struggling lately.


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  • Multi-Vitamin gummies ~ Ally loves these! She likes the flavor (orange is her favorite), her one request is instead of Dinosaurs they be shaped like Mickey Mouse ears! (gotta love her!) These are naturally flavored, not with dyes or chemicals and gluten free.

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  • Fruit & Veggie strips ~ we got 2 flavors (Apple/Strawberry and Pineapple/Passionfruit) The Strawberry was definitely our favorite. The Pineapple/Passionfruit wasn’t bad, we just preferred the Strawberry Apple. We don’t eat a lot of Passionfruit so maybe we just aren’t used to the flavor. They were both Pure Organic brand,  they are Vegan, organic and gluten free, naturally flavored and non GMO.  Sorry, we didn’t get any extra pictures of this item, they were eaten the day they arrived!

Vitacost offers free shipping on orders over $49. Be sure to check out the Deals page as well!

Here’s your chance to win a $25 gift card to spend with Vitacost to try any of their products. There are several ways to enter with Rafflecopter. The sweepstakes is open from 8AM CST Thursday, June 6, 2013 and ends at 8PM CST Monday, June 10, 2013. You must be a US Resident to win the prize. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter.

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Have a great weekend!

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