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!

DISCLAIMER: I am part of the QALO affiliate program.  My unique coupon code will save you 15% off of your total purchase.  I make a small commission off of every ring sold with this unique coupon code. I became a part of the program to market this product because I love it and use it myself!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highlights From Our Family Trip to Upstate New York! {Part 1}

hightlights from our trip to upstate new york part 1

We had a great trip with the kids visiting family in New York!  The weather was cooler, the scenery is hilly-er and the people are totally chill-er!  It's a nice change to the crazy, hot, fast-paced life that is our everyday!  

I'm going to do the recap in bullet point form (and in 2 parts) because, well, I'm tired and it's easy easier!

Sunday
  • We stumbled out of bed, still drunk I think, and got last minute things done before we left for the airport.  The 2 Advil before bed and 2 Advil the second I woke up really did the trick, I think!  And thank goodness for that! Traveling with 2 kids on a 3 hour plane ride while sick and hungover would've been a nightmare.  But Saturday night's Surprise 80's Bash was worth it - whatever the consequences!
  • We had some delicious pizza at the airport before our flight! (Veggies make it healthy, right?)
delicious veggie pizza in the airport before our flight
  • The flight was on time, the kids were well behaved and about 20 lollipops were consumed!  We had a successful flight!
    • Side note: don't you just LOVE how kids wait until the worst times to go to the bathroom!? I asked my older son 10x if he had to go (you know, like really go!) while we were in the airport....fast forward to 1 1/2 hours into our flight and guess who's ready to go now...terrible timing and so gross!
Monday
  • I totally did a #wycwyc with my run(s) today.  First, I did 2.5 miles outside with my hubby which was wonderful - check out this view!!
running outside 4 miles in upstate new york.  great weather and scenery.
  • Then we took the boys to the park, where I did another 1.5 miles by myself.  So 4 miles total!  I'll take it! :)
#wycwyc garmin 1.5 miles and 2.5 miles. 4 mile run
  • We ALWAYS go to Wegman's while we're there - this trip we went multiple (3!) times!  It's the best place ever...like Disney World, sort of but not really.  They have an entire area of pre-made, ready-to-eat foods, anything and everything you could ever want...so we had lunch there (sushi for me!)!  My husband's favorite spot was the beer section, mine has always been the pick-and-mix!  There are at least 100 different snack and treats and I totally stock up!  I'm like a chocolate hoarder!
Wegmans. pick and mix. chocolate. plaid shirt. selfie.
  • We went to a pizza party at my sister-in-law's house for dinner which was great fun - our kids have a blast together.  {And yes I'm wearing that shirt, again!}  My boss and his family were there too! (Did I tell you that I'm working as a social media account manager at a boutique marketing firm?! I'll have to fill you in more later...but while I'm on the subject - anyone need my services?) ;)
Tuesday
  • We took the kids to a museum.  It's a pretty famous children's museum geared towards kids exactly my kids' ages!  It was awesome!
  • Then my husband and I went to the gym.  Even though it was rainy out I knew I had to get some mileage in!  The treadmills were pretty advanced.  You could watch live TV, On Demand or even search the internet!  5 miles later....
  • While walking around (since it was our first time at that gym) we spotted, "The Room,"  which is a converted racquetball court. and IT.WAS.AH.MAZE.ING!  A crossfitters dream!  We played around in there a bit before we left! NOTE TO SELF: That is a great idea!!!!
  • I FLIPPED THAT HUGE-MONGOUS TIRE!!!  I only did it once but that was enough - it was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY heavy!
5 mile treadmill run. crossfit room. i flipped a tire.

I'm going to stop here for now - I'll keep you hanging and finish later this week!  
Spoiler alert coming in Part 2: if you haven't heard...I climbed a rope! ;)

Ohhh, and look what arrived when we got home....

QALO ring shirt, QALO ring giveaway. on the blog

Stay tuned...giveaway coming soon!!

Hope everyone's having a great week!  Talk soon!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

5 Things That Made Me Smile :)

Hi!!  Monday...Monday.....

So today's the first day of school!  Very exciting!!  Both boys are there and I have a to-do list 100 items long....let's see what I can get done here!  I'm repeating "efficiency....time management.....organization...." to myself in hopes that I don't get side-tracked with laundry, emptying the dishwasher, paying bills....ugh, see! I'm already off the path! :)

Anyway, speaking of a list, here are some things that I wanted to fill you in on this week.  I'm still working on a pretty long upstate New York recap which (I hope!) will be coming to you at some point this week!  And, as I teased on social media, there's a QALO Ring giveaway coming soon!!!


Without further ado....Here are 5 Things That Made Me Smile :)

1.  A stranger complimented these guns!


I was checking out at the doctor's office last week and scheduling my next appointment when, in the middle of everything, the receptionist looks up and says, "You have great arms, you must workout a lot!"  Holy compliment, right?!  My first instinct is always to shy away and make an excuse - oh it's the lighting, or the shirt I'm wearing, or you're just blind ;) But my close girlfriend (Hi Amy! xo) taught me start TAKING THE COMPLIMENT!!  So that's what I did!  I filled her in on the workouts that I do - yes, in fact I do workout often! - and all about the blog.  And I'm not gonna lie, it made me feel really good!

2.  My kids were AWESOME on the 3 flights that we took last week.

If you have kids you know that traveling in general is a challenge....I do think the older they get the easier it gets, but there is no relaxing with a book or watching a movie for me and my husband at this point.  My 2 and 4 1/2 year old need entertainment - and they're used to running around!  And we're trapped on this plane for how many hours??  I brought crayons and coloring books, tons of lollipops and snacks and the iPads.  Imagine my surprise when there was NO Wi-Fi offered on 2 of the 3 flights!!! And the 1 flight that had Wi-Fi...that I spent $8 on....ended up not working!  NOTE TO SELF: bring the portable DVD player next time!  But even so, my kids were well behaved, weren't bothered by the change in pressure, the take off or landing and didn't run up and down the aisles like lunatics - great success!

3.  Speaking of flying, I got a "You look like Jessica Biel" comment at the airport!


I gave the man at the gate my ID to check us in and he said, "Do you know who Jessica Biel is?"  Ugh, of course I know who she is, Sir!  And thank you!  To be honest I don't really see it, but I'll take it!  As if I need to even explain why this made me smile?!?! I get this every so often and I love hearing it EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! :)

4. Did you hear I climbed a rope??


I know, I know...you've heard! But until something even better comes around I am going to milk this one for all its worth!  I watch it over and over - and I'm hoping for my next climb that the rope is longer and has knots in it!!

5.  Mystery Girls on ABC Family is my new 'must-see TV'!


The original 90210 will always be one of my favorites....so seeing Donna & Kelly Tori & Jennie together on TV again makes me smile...it just does!  The show is cheesy but very funny! Their comedy timing is on point and I do laugh-out-loud when I watch it.  I happen to love all things ABC Family!

Hope everyone has a great day!
Tell me something that made YOU smile!!

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