Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bolder Band Giveaway Winner & I RAN 6 MILES!!

Hi everyone!!  I hope that you had a nice, long holiday weekend!  Today I'll fill you in on some half marathon training stuff and, of course, I'll announce the Bolder Band head band giveaway winner!

I did a weekend recap here - which included an amazing, new, 12-minute plyometric Tabata workout, a half marathon training run and some beach pics!!  The Tabata workout is too good too miss so I'm going to post it again....


#yourewelcome
Yesterday was a fun, family-filled day.  We spent the morning and early afternoon swimming and playing at the pool with our friends, then had a BBQ with my family - as per our usual Sunday dinner plans!  Good fun all around!

So....now on to while you're all here....
The WINNER of the 
amazing, awesome, comfortable, colorful, #flowerpower Bolder Band head band is.......

Kelsey F. (@theprimalyogi)


CONGRATULATIONS Kelsey!! 
 You're going to LOVE this head band!! 
Just shoot me an email sammy.peaceloveandicecream@gmail.com 
with your mailing address so I can ship it to you ASAP!!

I wish that all of you could have won - I really do!  I want to thank EVERYONE for entering and remind you that, even though you didn't win the head band, you can just click over to Bolder and order one today!!  Remember to use my coupon code!



Kelsey was chosen TOTALLY at random on rafflecopter.com (by Random.org).  Funny thing is, last year I WON a giveaway on HER blog - a whole box of KIND bars! I was a KIND-virgin before I won them and, let me tell you, they totally won my heart!  I'm glad this can be my "thank you" to Kelsey! :)

Before I go, check out what I did in the early morning hours before our fun-in-the-sun Labor Day.....



This was the farthest I've EVER run!!  It was a great feeling and I'm hoping this momentum continues for the next 2 months or so....when I actually run the half marathon! ahhhhh!!  (and check out that cute cute bunny that I passed!)

So I've been bored with Pandora the last few months.  I only listen to the Lil Wayne channel while I run (I need the high tempo and explicit lyrics lol) and they play the same songs over and over!  A friend recommended a new app, RockMyRun app, so I downloaded it Sunday night and used it on yesterday's run.  Let me tell you...it was AWESOME!! If you are bored with your current playlists or are sick of making running mixes this app is perfect for you - and it's FREE!! 



You can customize your "mixes" - which are all made by actual DJs so they really flow - based on the genre, beats/minute, explicit or clean lyrics, and time (although anything over 60 minutes is a "premium package" for $4.99/month).  I think I'll stick with the free version for now but may upgrade when my runs get longer! {although **lightbulb** I can just listen to 2 or 3 of the free mixes on a super long run and it would cost me....nothing!}

Anyway, back to reality! Stay tuned because later in the week I'll be hosting another great giveaway!! Happy Tuesday everybody! :)

Do you listen to music while you run?
If you do, what app do you use??

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day & a Tabata workout!

Hey hey!!

I'm popping in to say...
HAPPY

To most of us "Labor Day" = a 3 day weekend, no work, hanging with friends and BBQ-ing by the pool.  And that's exactly what we're up to today!!

But what does labor day really mean??

Wikipedia says: [and they are always 100% accurate, right? ;)]


Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Just a food for thought!  When you're "celebrating" your day off today just remember why - and thanks for contributing to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our beautiful country! :)

On another note, Friday afternoon I did a 12-minute fast, effective, total body Tabata workout!  I just went through all of the reasons why Tabata (& HIIT workouts in general) are the bee's knees....if you didn't catch my post you can check it out here!

Anyway, the workout was awesome....



It was a great total body workout with a mix of cardio and strength.  It was plyometric-based (lots of jumping!) with squats (core & lower body) and flutters (core & upper body).  I suggest it if you have 12 minutes to spare!!

Oh, and if you don't know what flutters are, they are an awesome shoulder exercise!  I first learned about them from an amazing workout DVD by Tracey Staehle (does anybody know her??) and I love them!  They burn burn burn...so good!


(This is such an awkward picture, I know!)
You basically keep your elbows at this 90* angle and alternate raising each fist up about 1 inch towards the ceiling - alternating as fast as you can.  Does that make sense?  If you're feeling really crazy, keep your arms at this position during the 10 second "rest" periods of this Tabata set instead of dropping them to rest the shoulders.  I could only do this "active rest" for the first 2 rounds and then I NEEDED the actual rest after each 20 second burst!  It was great!

So that was Friday....Saturday was a 5-miler....


...then on Sunday we had a family beach day!!! The weather was beautiful and the kids had a blast!  I even got in some relaxation with my mom and sister while my dad and hubby played with the boys!! {{new bathing suit alert!}}


Stay tuned for exciting stuff this week - tomorrow I will announce the winner of the Bolder Band head band giveaway & later this week I have ANOTHER awesome new giveaway planned!!!!!!!!

What are your Labor Day plans??

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Girl's Gone Sporty and some other cool things! #thoughtsthingsthursday

Hi guys!!  So today is a real #thoughtsthingsthursday because I have a lot of thoughts and things to fill you in on....and in the spirit of "thinking out loud" I'm FINALLY joining Amanda's link-up today!  Amanda, from Running with Spoons, hosts this link-up every Thursday so I'm going to try to make it happen at least 2-3 times a month!! :)


I know you're SO.SICK of me blabbing about my giveaway....but I just have to mention it again!! #sorry  {And hey, if you've been living under a rock this will be new news to you!}

(1) Did you enter my Bolder Band head band giveaway yet?? Come on....you know you want one!!  The flower power pattern is just too awesome to miss!  Head over, enter and then sit tight - the winner will be announced on September 2 (since Monday is Labor Day!)! Good luck! Aaaaaand, if you don't win, no worries! I have a coupon code for 10% your purchase!


(2) I did a guest post on Jessie Loves To Run and it's up today!!  


Jessie is away for a few weeks and I jumped at the chance to post on her blog because (a) it's amazing and (b) she's amazing!  Plain and simple!  If you don't follow Jessie you should!  Anyway, my post is titled Pregnancy & Delivery: The Sh** They Should've Shown!  It's informative and real....and sure to give you a laugh - check it out!  I thought it was appropriate since Jessie's pregnant with twins!! :)

(3) My latest post on Modern Boca Mom is up and it's one I think you're gonna really love it! We are starting a new series over there and this month's exercise spotlight is all about Tabata - one of my FAVORITE HIIT workouts!  I'm really enjoying contributing to MBMom so don't forget to follow me over there too!


(4) Let me start off by saying I take my blog ambassadorships seriously!  I take my blog in general pretty seriously.  Well, not the content or writing style (obviously - we're old friends just having a little chat, right?), but what the blog means to me and what it stands for....I feel like it's one of my babies!  It may sound silly but it's true!  I applied to be a Fit Approach #SweatPink Ambassador and was thrilled when I got accepted last year because I love what they stand for!  I love the theme of powerful, pretty (inside and out!) women....strong but sensitive....rough but soft...and not afraid to get dirty and have fun!  



The same stands true for my latest news...


I'm a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador!!



I had seen #girlsgonesporty all over twitter and IG, and even before I knew what it even stood for, my initial reaction was, "that's totally me!"  Turns out....I was right....and they agreed!! It's a community of women that lead active and "sporty" lives - perfect!  I've been calling myself a boy's mom for years now which was my way of saying I was a girl gone sporty! :)




I proudly put my new badge on my sidebar!  {{so cool}}




I'm hoping that this brings about new and exciting opportunities for me and my blog.....to meet even more healthy living bloggers and to connect with awesome brands!!!!




(5) I developed a new "During the Commercials" Workout!  One last thing before I go.....a new workout for you!! It's a fun one and it seemed appropriate to put it in this post seeing as it's all active-lifestyle-fitness themed...ENJOY!!





Would you do this fun, quick workout while watching TV?? #wycwyc, right?!

Where are my fellow #girlsgonesporty ambassadors?? Hiii!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

{BOLDER BAND GIVEAWAY} Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be YOU!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Bolder Band.  I was given a Bolder Band head band for my review and another one for the giveaway.  As always, the opinions and review are my own.

I am a self-proclaimed head band QUEEN!  I need one when I workout - always!  No exceptions....It holds my hair back and soaks up the sweat! Necessary!

So getting the opportunity to review a Bolder Band head band and do a giveaway on the blog is right up my alley!  I was so excited when I got the package - so many bright colors and beautiful prints!



Amy Crouse started Bolder Bands because of a need....A HEAD BAND THAT STAYED PUT!  She couldn't find one already on the market that worked....so she started sewing her own!  And so was the birth of this wonder, successful company!

I love that Bolder Band's motto is: 


To empower you to be the 
Bold, Beautiful, You!

What an awesome concept, right?  I love it!  Especially for women...young  and old(er)!  

So I wore my headband a few times already and here are my thoughts...



PROS
* They come in dozens of bright colors and detailed patterns!
* They come in 4 sizes so you're guaranteed a great fit!
* They're an awesome company geared at empowering women to be proud to be themselves!
* The head bands can be worn thin, thicker or very thick.
* The head band pretty much stays put - there's a video on the website to show you how to wear your head band in the perfectly right spot.
* It totally soaked up my sweaty sweat sweat! (check out that picture!)

CONS
* There is no anti-slip grip on the inside of the head band.
* The fabric is soft and silky so I had to readjust it a few times during my workouts.  (It never fell off, though!)

I love the polka dot print and I plan on wearing it all the time!  Thanks Bolder Band!! 
{They're also on Twitter and Instagram so check them out!}

So here's the good news.....


THE MULTI-COLORED FLOWER HEAD BAND 
CAN BE YOURS!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

NOTE: Open to US residents only.  Giveaway runs until Sunday, August 31 at midnight EDT.  Winner will be selected at random!  Good luck!!!

And if for some crazy reason you don't win the giveaway....here's a promo code for 10% off your next order at Bolder Bands
#yourewelcome :)



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Friday, August 22, 2014

New Workout & a Tease....


It's a busy Friday around here - I'm really just popping in to share a new workout with you!  And after writing the recaps from our trip (Part 1 & Part 2) I'm just about out of energy - for the week that is!  I'll be back Monday with a very exciting GIVEAWAY so stay tuned!!  I'll give you a clue: you wear it on your head! :)

So anyway, yesterday I wanted to do a HIIT workout.  It's been a while since I did a short, intense workout in the house.  Since there was no time for a run I did a quick, in-house workout while my little one was napping.  I developed it right before I did it and it was a GREAT workout!



I did 3 rounds in total for a 15 minute workout!  I only took a few minutes of rest between rounds.  I was exhausted and my quads were feeling it!  

I hadn't made up a new workout for months so that part of it felt good too...and it reminded me that I NEEEEEED to find the time to study! My NASM CPT exam is only a couple of months away and I am not even halfway through the textbook!  {{insert: very very sad face}}

I hope everyone has a great weekend!! See you back here Monday morning for the giveaway!


{Side note: I actually got in a run this morning with my girlfriend! - I guess you could say we're in full "half marathon training" mode - although this 4.5 was VERY early and EVERY exhausting....Aaaaahhhh!}}

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highlights From Our Family Trip to Upstate New York! {Part 2}


Hey!  So it's Thursday.....whaaaat?  This was the first week of school here - which I totally forgot to mention! - and I can't believe this week is flying by so fast! The kids are doing great and loving school (although the teacher is figuring out what I already know - my 2 year old doesn't listen...hmmph!)...but honestly, at 2 and 4 what's NOT to love?

Did you see {Part 1} of our trip...check it out here if you missed it!

Tuesday (continued!)
  • After a nice shower (that was a very sweaty 5 miles!), we headed to hibachi!  That's one thing about this family...we love hibachi - and the pink sauce!  Love! ;)
    • I shared a chicken hibachi dinner with my FIL and I'm SO glad I did! The "old me" would've eaten until explosion because, well, it tastes so darn good! But that is such a terrible feeling to have - eating until you feel content is a much better idea!  It's not like we're bears saving up for the winter...you don't HAVE to leave a dinner like that feeling sick!
  • We ALWAYS make it a point to go to this awesome Farm Dairy in town for ice cream at least once every visit!  They have fresh milk, eggs and cream and they make dozens of fresh, straight-from-the-cow, creamily-delicious ice cream...it's amazing!  
    • It's such a happy place and it's always packed!  And they have the fattest cat ever - check him (I think it's a him!? lol) out!  He's so sweet...and full! lol
  • Then, after the kids went to bed, my hubby and I went BACK to Wegmans!!  There were a few things that my MIL needed and I love a good excuse to browse around that store!  Have you ever seen "witch fingers"? They were next to the grapes.  It was a first for me!

WEDNESDAY
  • We spent the morning at a conservatory, full of all different kinds of plants and trees.  I know how that sounds....boooooring! But it was actually very interesting and the kids had fun! There was a great park across the street where we played for a while.  I did the monkey bars a few times :)
  • After lunch we went to the gym again!  Tuesday and Wednesday we went during nap time so it's not like we were missing much at home.  My husband and I made a pact that even when we're away or on a trip we want to keep up the activity level - we both enjoy it and it's just part of our "routine".  You just have to be more efficient when you're away.
  • So, back to the gym....I wanted to do a little running and head back into "the room".
  • I did a speedy 5k and then some fun stuff in "the room"
    • 3 sets of 10 rope waves (those are EXHAUSTING and fun!)
    • 3 sets of 10 box jumps on a 30 inch box!
    • 3 sets of 10 kettle bell swings with a 20lb kb
    • 4 ROPE CLIMBS! (I'm not going to post the video again...but I will link to it!) ;)
  • We finished the day with a family dinner....and then left for the airport first thing Thursday morning :(
Oh, one more thing.  So we were delayed at JFK for an additional hour - with 2 kids = not fun!  We were walking around and found Baked by Melissa - bite-size cupcakes!!! Brilliant, right?? They had dozens of flavors! There logo was so colorful and the baked goods looked so yummy and perfect....you couldn't help but be happy in there!  They ship all over the US I think - what a cute gift idea for someone! #cutelittlehands reaching for #cutelittlecupcakes!


Are you a "cupcake person"?  [I am when I look at that chocolate chip pancake on the bottom right there! OMG - they were so good!]

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

QALO ring coupon code! #yourewelcome

You know who much I love my QALO ring.....it's an affordable, functional and fun wedding band that I wear ALL.THE.TIME now...not just when working out!!  It's the perfect, gift for the active man or woman in your life.....or gift it to yourself! You deserve it!

#WhoNeedsDiamonds

Use my coupon code to get 15% off your purchase - www.qaloring.com!


Stay tuned...giveaway coming soon!

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