Nanu, nanu. (That’s Martian talk for, it is almost race day!)
Thanks to Absopure, I am running the Martian Race 10k tomorrow! It will be a redemption race for me as I was signed up to run it last year but wasn’t able to because I was sick. Chris did bring home my medal and shirt because he is a good bf but let’s face it, I really didn’t earn that medal. But this year I will earn myself that Martian medal!
I don’t have any goals for this race other than to just enjoy it. Chris has to go to work immediately after the race so I am sure we will run it together so we don’t waste time reconnecting at the end. Then we will have to make a mad dash for the car so he can get to work on time. Ah the joys of balancing work and running…..I miss those days.
Anyone else going t be at the Martian race?
Or are you racing / running elsewhere? Tell me about it!
Remember my first Fit Snack Box? The one that I received last month? Aaaah, we made some good snackin’ memories together. I loved it so much and the folks at Fit Snack loved me back, so thanks to Fit Snack I am able to bring you a review of their April box!
Never heard of Fit Snack? Fit Snack is a monthly subscription box that contains 7-10 different food items that taste good and are good for you! Each item in the box always possesses two or more of the following characteristics: GMO Free, high in protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan and all natural. The box also contains bonus items, exclusive workouts and sometimes even workout gear!
Sounds great, right? And the best part is that the box is affordable! Depending on what type of subscription you sign up for (they offer monthly, 3 month, 6 month and yearly plans) the box costs between $15-$19 plus $5 for shipping and handling. Click here to sign up for Fit Snack using my referral link and you will get a free gift! You will also want to keep an eye on their contest page by clicking here as they often have giveaways going on. If there isn’t one there right now, I can ensure you that there will be one soon!
Ready to see what I got in my April Box?!
Sweetwood Cattle Co. Beef Jerky
I’m not really a jerky eater but maybe I should be! This jerky is tasty!
Keen One Quinoa Chocolate Nut Krunch Snack Cluster
I was really excited to try this snack mix as it has all the things I typically enjoy: chocolate, nuts and crunchiness. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t bad just not great. I think I felt that way because of the quinoa that is in it as I don’t really eat quinoa. But as my son would say….YOU may like it, even if I don’t.
Biosanes Magic Cookie
This is another item that I was pretty pumped to try out, I mean come on, it is a magic cookie!! And despite me not liking raisins I actually really liked the cookie. It is very tasty and filling. I highly recommend it!
Flamous Falafel Chips
I haven’t tried the spicy version of these chips yet but I did have the original version and they are pretty tasty! A nice alternative to the traditional chip and much healthier too!
Movit Energy Gummies
I am a gummie fanatic so it is only natural that I would love these! So glad there were four packages of them in the box! These are the perfect snack to eat before a run or any time that you need a little energy boost.
Detour Smart Bar
I am not sure if every Fit Snacker got the blueberry flavored bar but sadly I do not like blueberry. At all. It sounds like a great bar though and I would love to try it in a different flavor!
I am not a coffee drinker. Crazy, right? If you’ve tried Bio Coffee, let me know what you think of it!
I love peanut butter so it will be interesting to see what I think of these WowButters. It seems like a great alternative for those that can’t eat nuts!
Overall another great Fit Snack box, don’t you think? My favorites are the Movit Gummies and the Falafel Chips! But really the best part of the whole box is trying some new snacks instead of my boring tried and true snacks. Ready to try some new snacks and get a Fit Snack box for yourself? Click here to use my referral link to sign up for the Fit Snack box and get a free gym bag!
What do you think of the snacks inside the April box?
Part of being a runner is taking runfies, am I right? And if you are not a runner I am sure you have still been exposed to the runfie trend as we can’t help but post them to social media as often as possible. Otherwise how would other people know that we even went for a run?!
Training and knowledge is key to becoming a better runner AND for taking better runfies so let’s take a look at my tips for making your runfies stand out amongst all the other runfies out there!
1. Strike A Pose! – Why just stand there while taking your runfie? Strike a pose! Channel your inner super hero, your inner diva or even your favorite elite runner. The better the pose, the better the runfie!
2. Background Basics – Pay attention to your background while taking a runfie. Great backgrounds include: the start or finish line of a race, a picturesque nature view, the hottie running behind you, etc! The key is to be creative and attentive to the background of your runfie as it will make all of the difference between a ho-hum runfie and a runfie that goes viral.
3. Express Yourself - Don’t hide those face expressions! Use them to convey how you really feel about your run. Think of your runfie as a way to tell the story of your run without using words so smile, grimace, cry, etc. Let it all out in your runfie!
4. Show The Bling – A good race runfie is not complete without one of you and the medal. In fact it is mandatory and it would be breaking the runfie code of conduct if you did not comply. So go ahead, wear that medal, bite it, hold it up by your face or however else you like to get the medal in your runfie, but just make sure you take that medal runfie for all to see!
5. Invest in a Runfie Stick – When you are ready to take your runfie game to the next level, you should invest in a runfie stick. I recently received the CELFIE Bluetooth Wireless Long Selfie Stick to review and I have found it perfect for taking runfies. It syncs effortlessly to my iPhone and take pictures at the click of a button. It’s also pink which helps bring out my inner diva. Now if I could just find a running belt that would allow me to clip my runfie stick into it …..
I am sure that you have gathered by now that this is a tongue in cheek post meant to provide you with a bit of humor about runfies. I shamelessly admit to taking runfies and plan to continue doing so because I love to share my passion for running. I hope you share your passions as well, be it through runfies or another medium!
Race season is in full swing here in Michigan which is awesome but it can also be expensive. I personally try to only run one race a month to keep my bank account and my fitness life in balance but there are also some other tactics that I use to save money on my race registrations.
If you have ever registered for a race then you know that the sooner your register the better. Typically the price goes up and up and up as it gets closer to race day.
I am a bit OCD and I actually keep a running list of races that I want to run next year along with the registration open date and info on the tiered pricing. It helps me get the best deal on the races that I choose to run.
Watch For Deals
A lot of races will offer deals from time to time or promo codes that you can use to save a few bucks on the race registration fees. The best way to stay in the know about any specials is to follow the race on social media and to sign up for their email newsletter.
Sign Up As A Group
Some races offer discounts if you sign up as a group so if you know some other people who want to run the same race as you this could be a great way to save money on your race registration. If you belong to a running club, races often offer those clubs discounts as well.
Race Small & Local
I have found that the small local races tend to give me the best race for my buck. And some of my most favorite races are local and small ones. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some appeal to those bigger races but keep in mind big races often come with a big race registration fee so you have to determine if it is worth it to you.
Look For Free Races / Runs
Some running clubs and even running stores host free races or runs. So if you just want the group run experience without all of the swag and fees of a race this might be a great inexpensive (if not 100% free) option. Check out the websites of running clubs and running stores near you to see if that is something that they offer.
A lot of races offer discounted or even a comped race entry in exchange for your time volunteering at packet pick up or at the race. This is typically something you will see at multi-day events or for race organizations that have multiple events throughout the year. It is also a great way to give back to the running community and to experience the other side of races. I highly recommend it!
Do you have any other tips on how to save money on race registrations?
Did you hear that Rachel Zoe launched her own subscription box? It is The Zoe Report Box of Style and it is a seasonal subscription service which equates to four shipments a year! The box is $106 each season or $350 for the yearly subscription and each box includes fashion, beauty and lifestyle items. Each box is also reported to have a value of over $300!
The Spring box just shipped out and I am so glad that I signed up for it when it first went live as it sold out rather quickly!
Ready to find out if the Box of Style lived up to the Rachel Zoe name and all of the hype?! Let’s take a look at what came in the box!
I love how everything was individually wrapped!
Item #1: Miansai Modern Screw Cuff
This is the “hero” item of the Box of Style aka the big-ticket item. I actually knew that the bracelet would be in the box when I ordered it as it was listed as a spoiler to entice people to sign up and I think that enticement worked pretty well!
Upon signing up for the box I was concerned that the cuff would be too big for me since I have pretty small wrists and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it being gold versus silver. Although I have to admit that I have been liking more gold pieces lately.
Turns out I had nothing to be worried about as the cuff fits me perfectly! And while that is good for me, I am sure those with normal sized wrists may have been disappointed in the fit. I also do not mind that the cuff is gold at all. It is actually a very gorgeous piece of jewelry and probably the nicest accessory I own. I will be wearing the heck out of it!
Retail Price: $200
Item #2: Zoya Nail Polish in Zoe, Chantal and Haley
A short time after ordering the Box of Style, it was revealed that these nail polishes would also be in the box. The opal colored one is named Zoe and Rachel Zoe helped to create the color and she also used it in her Fall 2015 fashion week presentation.
Some people weren’t thrilled about getting nail polish in the box but I didn’t mind. I don’t buy nail polish very often and I thought it was unique to get a custom colored one. I also think that they colors we received are very versatile and can be used the whole year through, not just for Spring.
Retail Price: $30
Item #3: Traveler by TOMS
I am probably the only person that doesn’t own anything by TOMS so I was pretty excited to see these sunglasses in the box. I love the floral case and the blue tips at the end of the sunglasses. These are the type of sunglasses that just about anybody can wear and I know I will be wearing them as often as possible!
Retail Price: $68
Item #4: Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
I don’t wear a ton of make up but I do pretty much always wear mascara. I like the way it makes my eyes pop and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to put some on every day. I typically only buy the cheap drugstore variety mascara so I am excited to have a higher quality mascara for a change. People also really like this mascara so I am excited to try it myself!
Retail Price: $20
Item#5: Bristols Six Styin’ Tape
I’ve never used double-sided tape before, at least not on my body, and I can’t think of any time that I wished I had some handy but I guess it is always good to be prepared right? I’ll keep it around and update you guys if I ever have a potential wardrobe malfunction that I use it to prevent.
Retail Price: $10
As you can see all the items in the box total up to a retail price of $328! And what a great box it is.
I am most excited about the cuff and the TOMS sunnies. I will definitely use the nail polish and the mascara but the stylin’ tape on the other hand, may not get much use. Despite that I still think that the box is amazing and an incredible value and I will most definitely continue being a subscriber!
The Zoe Report has already released the hero item for the Summer box. Take a look!
You all know that I love handbags! That will make for a great Summer purse.
It appears that you can still sign up for the Summer box but I wouldn’t delay much longer if you are interested in it. As I mentioned, the Spring box sold out pretty fast!
Did you get the Spring Box of Style? What did you think of it?
Didn’t get the box? What did you think of what I received?
Guess what? I finally took the plunge and got my first “regular” PopSugar Must Have Box. As you know, I have tried two of their Special Edition boxes (you can see those here and here) but I had never dabbled in their regular monthly box….until now!
Not familiar with PopSugar Must Have Boxes? PopSugar Must Have Boxes are lifestyle subscription boxes geared towards women. The boxes include items related to beauty, fitness, fashion, home etc. In addition to their monthly box, they also offer Special Edition boxes which are variably priced and have a specific theme. To find out more about PopSugar Must Have Boxes and to sign up to get one of your own, click here to use my referral link.
Each month prior to the shipment of the monthly box, PopSugar reveals what their inspiration was behind the items that they selected. This month their inspiration was: Spring showers, farmers market, outdoor fun, fresh produce and simplicity. I love seeing what the clues are to see if I can piece together what kind of items might be in the box!
Ready to see the items behind the inspiration?
Item #1: Dabney Lee Dottie Umbrella
As silly as it sounds, I was honestly very excited to get this umbrella! I’ve always wanted a cute girly umbrella and this one is just that! I love the polka dot pattern and the pink accents on the handle and the tip of the umbrella.
The umbrella is as functional as it is cute as well! It has a matching case and it can open and close with a touch of a button. It is 39 inches in diameter so it is perfectly sized!
Retail Price: $20
Item #2: One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant
I haven’t used this yet but it smells good so that is a good first impression! It is also organic which is a plus. I can’t wait to try it out and see if I get super soft skin.
Retail Price: #39
Item #3: Produce Candles Rhubarb Spring Candle
I am probably the only girl who is not a big fan of candles. I mean they are ok, but they are not something I buy nor something I like to receive. Yes, you can go ahead and revoke my girl card now. This candle does smell great though so maybe this will be the candle that changes my mind. We shall see.
Also included in the box was a promo code for 35% off orders at the Produce Candles website. The code is SCENTANDSOIL. The code expires on May 30th.
Retail Price: $20
Item #4: Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bag
Is it just me or is this bag genius?! I have a bunch of reusable bags that I never use because they are never on me when I go shopping but I could easily put the Flip & Tumble bag into my purse and have it with me at all times. I love it!
The bag can hold up to 35 pounds and has a no-slip shoulder strap. It also comes in a variety of colors on their website. Included in my box was a promo code for 20% off orders at Flip & Tumble’s website if you are interested in purchasing one of these bags. Just use code POP20 which is valid thru June 15, 2015 and it can only be used one time per household.
This it another item that I think it super cool! Chris and I hope to do some gardening this year and this seems like an easy way to get started. I do have to say that I was surprised to see that there are 9 steps for the Basil. I was really hoping for 3 steps. You know like, Step #1: Open Bag, Step #2: Add water and Step #3: Enjoy Basil.
Retail Price: $10
Item #6: Mott 50 $25 Gift Card
This was an extra item in the April Box and I was excited to see what Mott 50 is all about. Evidently they make clothing and accessories that provide protection from the sun. Cool idea but their pieces are pretty pricey. I don’t think I will even be able to use my gift card so hopefully I can find someone to pass it along to.
Retail Value: $25
If you have been keeping track, the retail value of the box is $126. However, because I will not use the $25 gift card to Mott 50, I prefer to say that the value of the box is $101 which is still a great value!
My most favorite items out of this month’s box are the umbrella, the bag and the Basil! I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of those three items….at least until the Basil is all gone.
If you want more info on PopSugar Must Have Boxes or want to sign up to get one of your own, I would love it if you would use my referral link by clicking here.
Prior to the event I had never heard of Granite City Food & Brewery but now that I have been introduced to them, I can’t wait for my next visit!
There are actually 33 Granite City locations throughout the United States including two right here in Metro Detroit! One of the Detroit locations is of course the new one in Northville and the other one is located in Troy.
Granite City is a casual American restaurant featuring high quality menu items that are all made from scratch! And in case you are curious about where the name comes from, the first Granite City opened in St. Cloud Minnesota which is a town that was founded on granite production!
I attended the soft opening with Chris and his parents. Each table at the event received a different limited menu and each person at the table was asked to order a different dish.
Here is a look at what we ordered!
I had the Grilled Asian Chicken Salad. It was beautifully presented and I *almost* felt guilty about digging into it. Almost. It was very fresh and flavorful and I highly recommend it! Chris and his parents enjoyed their selections as well.
Chris and I also ordered a couple of drinks but since we are not beer drinkers we purchased a few of their cocktails and we were not disappointed! If you are a beer drinker though, they have a ton of selections for you!
In addition to attending the soft opening Granite City also gave me a gift card to use on my next visit with them AND they gave me a $25 gift card to give away to one of you! The gift card can be used at any location. To enter, simply use the giveaway widget below. Good luck!
This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own!
I am a big fan of running belts as I like to carry my phone with me on every run, just in case. I also need a place to store my key and gels or other running fuel if I happen to be going on a longer run. And an absolute must have of any running belt is that it doesn’t bounce. There is nothing more irritating than having to continuously adjust the belt when I am running. For me the best sign of a good running belt is when I forget that I am even wearing it while I am running.
Recently I was given the opportunity to try out the Swift-n-Snug running belt and not only did it meet my requirements it also has a little something extra that sets it apart from other running belts out there. It lights up!
Take a peek at this video that B and I did of the belt and you can see the light up action for yourself!
Isn’t that awesome?! This is perfect for running in the dark! Or walking, or biking, or hiking or whatever else you can do active in the dark.
The belt comes in four different colors so you can pick your favorite color or get multiple belts so you can color coordinate with your running clothes. I know some of you do that, admit it!
Thanks to Swift-n-Snug I have one of their belts to give away to one of you! Just use the widget below to enter to win. Winners must be from the continental US. Good luck!
Sorry guys, this post is for the ladies as I am not an expert in what guys should wear under their running clothes. And technically I am not an expert in what undergarments women should wear for running either but I know what works for me and I figure why not share? (And no, this in not a sponsored post. It’s just a hey this works for me and it might work for you post.)
I am not actually even sure how I progressed from wearing whatever undergarments I had under my running clothes to wearing Moving Comfort sports bras and underwear to workout in but somehow I did. I suspect I got a recommendation from someone as that is how I discovered most of the products that I currently use for running and for working out.
My first experience with Moving Comfort was their sports bras. I’ve been wearing their Vixen sports bra for many year now and love it. I’m not big chested by any means but I do like the girls to be supported when I am active. The Vixen bra fits great, wicks away moisture and provides the right amount of support without feeling squished or restricted.
I just recently added their Fineform bra to my collection of workout bras. I prefer the Fineform for low impact type workouts like Pilates and strength training although I have used it for running and it wasn’t awful. It just isn’t as supportive as the Vixen bra. It does however, have a great look from the back! I love the strappy details.
At some point after getting my first Moving Comfort sports bra, I decided to try out their workout bikinis and loved them! Their underwear is also moisture wicking and they do not move at all while you have them on. That for me is key as there is nothing worse than my underwear annoying me while I run. I do also have their out-of-sight thong and surprisingly I like those as well. I didn’t think I would want a thong on while I ran or worked out but it turns out that it is also pretty darn comfy. Again like their bikini, the thong is moisture wicking and stays in place.
Now of course, you don’t have to wear Moving Comfort specifically but it is an option if you are looking to change-up what you wear under your workout / running clothes. There are lots of other options out there so I think that most important thing to look for is something that is moisture wicking, stays in place, is comfortable and provides the right amount of support.
What kind of sports bra and underwear do you run / work out in?
Guys if you read to the end of the post, enlighten us on what undergarments you wear!
Yes I know it is April but I actually just received my Golden Tote from March! And it is my first Golden Tote ever! Exciting!
Not familiar with Golden Tote? Golden Tote is similar to Stitch Fix but a little different. Golden Tote is a fashion service but you do not automatically receive a Tote each month. (And yes the items actually do arrive in a Tote!) Instead Totes go on sale the first Monday of the month on the Golden Tote website. You can choose between either a small Tote for $49 which contains 2-3 items (you pick 1 of the items yourself) or a large Tote for $149 which contains 5-6 items (you pick 2 of the items yourself).
Like Stitch Fix you fill out your style profile on Golden Tote (a new feature they started in March) and that style profile will help your stylist select the surprise items that they send in your tote! Once you receive your Tote you can either keep everything or send everything back. There is no picking and choosing!
Golden Tote also has a boutique so you can also purchase items separately as well. Oh one more thing! The clothing available for the Totes typically changes every month. And since there is a limited supply, getting a Tote with your preferred item feels pretty similar to signing up for a popular race. At least in my opinion!
I’ve been wanting to try out Golden Tote for a while and finally took the plunge by purchasing a small Tote in March. Of course, I choose the month that Golden Tote was updating their website and adding a style profile so things were a bit crazy to say the least. I am hoping things settle down a bit by the time their Totes go live this month. (FYI they pushed back their Tote sell date to April 13th this month because of the issues they had in March. And should be back to the normal first Monday of the month for June and on.)
Ready to see what I got in my Tote?
Item #1: Touch of Spring Top
This was my chosen item in my tote! I chose it because I liked the look of it and I thought it would be a great casual shirt for my wardrobe that I would get a lot of use out of.
Once I saw the shirt in person I liked it even more. I love the bright colors of the flowers and the fabric is so soft! The shirt fit great too and I am very happy with my selection.
Item #2: Lime & Chili Strip Top
This was the item that my stylist PP sent me. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like it as it appeared that it was going to be too big. And while it is a bit looser than I would prefer I actually do like it!
It is another comfy and casual piece that will probably get a lot of wear. I also love the detailing in the middle of the sleeves. I’m a sucker for details.
I also ended up purchasing a dress from the boutique.
Item #3: Giraffe Dress
For some reason I was lusting over the giraffe dress that they were offering as a selection for the large Tote but since I didn’t want to invest in a large Tote for my first experience with Golden Tote, I purchased it separately from the boutique when I ordered my small Tote. Lucky for me, doing so gave me a discount on the dress! I also really wanted the braided belt that they styled the dress with but sadly the belt was already sold out. I’ll have to look for a similar one.
The giraffe dress is not something that would normally catch my eye so I was nervous that I would not like it as much in person or that I would not look good on me. But I had nothing to worry about! I love the giraffe dress! I think it is super cute and I like that it nothing like anything else that I have in my closet. So glad I got it!
Despite all of the website issues that Golden Tote was having in March and the extended length of time it took for my Tote to be mailed, I am really pleased with my experience. I like all of the clothes I got and I feel that they are of good quality. I also liked that Golden Tote includes style cards with the items although I did not get one for the Lime & Chili Stripe Top. Perhaps you only get style cards for your chosen items? If you are a more experienced Goldie, let me know if that is the case!
I do think that I should have sized down on all of the items that I got but I can still make them work. I’ve updated my style profile to reflect my size change for the next time that I get a Tote.
Want to get a Tote for yourself? Click here to use my referral link to sign up!
Have you tried Golden Tote? What do you think of it?