Who’s ready for a super giveaway that is super fast and super soon? Well thanks to Absopure, I am giving away two race entries for the Running Fit Super 5k! You probably already know that Absopure is the official water sponsor of all Running Fit races but just in case you didn’t, they ARE and as a runner I can not thank them enough for their involvement in the running community.
Ready to find out more about the Super 5k?
“The Super 5K lets you earn your spot on the couch and you’ll have a Super 5K Finisher’s pint and medal to prove it … and put to use during the big game!
Join us Super Sunday morning as we gather in a gameday atmosphere in Novi High School before dashing out to run or walk 3.1 miles. Return to celebrate with a bit of junk food before heading on for the rest of the day’s adventures.
5K not long enough? Run a second loop, by then you’ll know the course!”
The Super 5k race takes place this Sunday the 7th (also known as Super Bowl Sunday) at 8:30am in Novi. If you are interested and available to do this race, just use the widget below to enter to win. There will be two winners and each winner will win one entry into the Super 5k. Good luck and happy running!
Recently on the Stitch Fix blog, an article was posted called 50 Stylist Style Goals and that post got me thinking about my style goals for the new year. My main goal for the year is to only keep what sparks joy but I thought it would be fun to also set one style goal each month as a way to really focus in on one area. By the end of the year I would have given focus to 12 different areas!
I also thought it would be a fun way to change-up my fixes each month and I am sure my stylist, Diana, will enjoy the challenge every month as well.
My goal for this month is to do a closet clean out. To really go through every piece of clothing I have, every pair of shoes that I have and every accessory that I have. As i go through everything in my wardrobe my plan is to only keep what sparks joy and to donate or sell what doesn’t.
Since my February fix is right around the corner I have also decided on a goal for February. I want to focus on getting a few sexy date night outfits. I figured it is perfect timing for that with Valentine’s Day coming up.
Do you need some help figuring out a style goal for yourself for the year (or maybe even a monthly one)? Click here to read the Stitch Fix Blog post that I mentioned. If you are not already a Stitch Fix subscriber, another great way to change-up your style is to sign up so you can start working with your very own stylist to build the wardrobe of your dreams. Click here to sign up for Stitch Fix using my referral link. And in case you missed it, click here to see my review of my fix from this month.
Are you setting a yearly or monthly style goal? I want to hear them!
You may have seen that I have The Hungerford Trail Races on my race calendar for this year. Guess who else noticed it? The race directors at The Hungerford Trail Races, that’s who!!
The race directors were nice enough to reach out to me with a discount code for myself and all of you. If you would like to join me at The Hungerford Trail Races in September you can save $15 by using this code: EVERYDAYWARRIOR.
The Hungerford Trail Races takes place on September 24th in Big Rapids Michigan in the Manistee National Forest. You can choose from 3 different lengths of races: half marathon, marathon and a 50 miler ultra. All finishers will receive a hand crafted wooden medal and only 350 runners will get to experience The Hungerford Races in order to minimize the environmental impact on the forest.
Here’s what the race directors are saying about The Hungerford Games:
“All three courses are challenging, but fair. There are plenty of hills for the masochists who love them, but not so many that it’s silly (pun intended). The footing is usually excellent, but there are areas where your ankles will thank you for slowing down and watching for rocks. Patches of sand will slow things down, but much of the course is pleasantly-packed dirt. However, THIS IS NOT A ROAD RACE. The terrain will be challenging, and may be very challenging if the weather has been unusually wet or dry.”
Sounds like a blast if you ask me! But if you need more than just words to tempt you to sign up check out these pics!
For more information on The Hungerford Trail Races or to register, click here. You can also follow them on Facebook.
While we were in downtown Detroit over the weekend for B’s birthday we checked out the Ice Creations Cars in Campus Martius Park. Also known as #CARvedDET.
How cool are these cars? 😉 You were even able to sit inside the roadster.
Unfortunately this past weekend was the last chance so see the cars but there is always something going on in Campus Martius (you can still go ice skating). The best way to keep up on all the Campus Martius happenings is by following them on Facebook.
Last Friday was B’s 8th birthday! We celebrated with crazy hats, colorful pens, pizza, swimming, staying at a hotel and Mickey pancakes. We don’t make a big deal about birthdays at all around here…..
And just like the last few years, I’ve asked B the same 20 questions and his answers are below. To see how they compare to last year’s click here.
1. What is your favorite color? Red
2. What is your favorite toy? Lego Batman
3. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas
4. What is your favorite TV show? Transformers
5. What if your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Macaroni and cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? Emmet (from the Lego movie) shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Lego Dimensions (he just got it for Christmas)
8. What is your favorite snack? Bananas (he does like them)
9. What is your favorite animal? Dogs!
10. What is your favorite song? Teen Beach Movie 2 (He watches that movie over and over and has the soundtack which he plays over and over.)
11. What is your favorite book? Minecraft
12. Who is your best friend? Zema, Dakari and Bogdan.
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cocoa Krispies
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play ball with the dogs.
15. What is your favorite drink? Gatorade
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Spider-Man Bear (He made him at Build-A-Bear.)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes, bacon and eggs.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chocolate cake and a giant pizza. (Notice that he mentioned dessert first, lol.)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Fireman. (Holding strong for 3 years in a row.)
If you compared his answers from last year to this year, you can see that he has been pretty consistent. And that is so B. He is very much a creature of habit. It’s part of what makes B who he is. And although he likes things to stay the same, he is very excited about being 8 and we are both looking forward to all the fun that being 8 will bring!
It seem like just yesterday I was writing about my December Ipsy Glam Bag and now my January Ipsy is here! The theme of this month’s bag is: All Eyes On You.
Item #1: Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub
Item #2: Pixi By Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Lavender Bloom
Item #3: The Balm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now)
Item #4: Skone Cosmetics Smudger Brush
Item #5: Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
Based on this month’s theme it is no surprise that I got several items for me eyes. The most I currently do on my eyes in mascara but I am willing to try new things and give the items a try that Ipsy sent. I already tried out the sugar lip scrub and it is great! My lips are always so dry at this time of the year and the scrub was a big help. I haven’t tried the Burt’s Bees oil yet but I am already a fan of the brand so it has to be good. And of course, I love the bag itself!
Overall I am much happier with this month’s Ipsy bag than last month’s! And speaking of last month’s bag, don’t forget to enter my giveaway.
Want to see my past Ipsy Glam Bags? Click on the links below.
This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own.
I had so much fun sharing what I keep in my workout bag, I thought I would share the contents of my handbag with you all too!
The handbag that you see in the picture above is what I take with me to work. I don’t carry it outside of work purposes unless I am travelling somewhere as there typically isn’t a need for me to carry that much stuff with me. I got the bag in my 14th Stitch Fix and it has held up well to everything I put it through. It also has lots of pockets making it easy to organize all the little things that I carry with me.
Ready to see what I carry with me to work every day?
1. Dress Shoes – Currently I wear boots to work so I have to have a pair of dress shoes to change into. I typically wear flats like the ones pictured or sometimes heels. Even in the warmer months I carry my work shows with me because once it warms up I trade in my boots for flip flips.
2. Wristlet – I have an addiction to these Vera Bradley wristlets. They are perfect for holding all of my essentials – my license, debit card, car key, house key, cell phone etc. The wristlet is all that I carry with me when I grab lunch during the work day and any time I leave the house for non-work reasons. They come in a every color and pattern that you can think of. Check out all of the options over on Amazon by clicking here.
3. Sunglasses – On the off-chance that we actually get to see the sun, I have my sunglasses with me so I can enjoy the rays fully. I actually have two pairs of these same sunglasses because it is inevitable that I will lose a pair. And that is also why I never invest any money in my sunglasses. Only Target sunglasses for me.
4. Hair Accessories & Work Key – My work fob is an essential as I won’t make it very far without it. I also keep a hair tie and a clip with me for those days that my hair is driving me crazy.
5. Snacks! – I can not leave home without snacks because there is nothing worse than being hangry. Currently I have a packet of oatmeal, a Picky Bar and a packet of nuts in my bag.
6. Absopure Water – I also can not leave home without my Absopure water! I am a huge water drinker and I am always thirsty. I love the Absopure sports cap bottles as I can throw one in my bag without having to worry about it leaking everywhere.
7. Notebook & Planner – The green notebook is what I use to take notes in at work and of course the planner is my Start Planner that I just started using this year. When I bought the planner I also bought Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens which write great and come in so many fun colors. They make writing in my planner even more fun!
8. Miscellaneous Items – These are just a few miscellaneous items that I always carry with me: gum, lip gloss, chapstick and my Detroit All You Need Is Love Pin (just because).
9. Pepper Spray & Business Cards – I will be the first to tell you how much I love Detroit and that you shouldn’t allow the media to tell you that it is a horrible crime ridden place. Yes, it does have crime but it is getting better. With that being said I often walk alone from work to where I park and I often walk in the dark. Because of that I carry pepper spray with me. Luckily I have never had to use it.
I also carry my blog business cards with me because I never know who I will meet!
And there you have it! That is everything that I carry in my handbag to work.
Now that you know what I carry, I want to hear about you.
Recently I was contacted by the folks at Wantable regarding their Fitness Edit. They offered to waive the styling fee in exchange for a review on my blog. So I had to think long and hard, did I want to review their fitness apparel subscription box? YES, of course I did!!
You may remember that I tried the Wantable Style Edit last year, so I was eager to try out their Fitness Edit. In addition to being excited about trying out a new subscription box, I was also looking forward to adding new workout clothes to my closet. I have quite a few fitness goals for the new year and new workout clothes always help to provide that extra dose of motivation to keep me going.
Not familiar with Wantable? They have several other subscription boxes in addition to their new Fitness Edit box. Those boxes include a make-up collection, an accessories collection, an intimates collections and a style edit box.
As far as the Fitness Edit box goes, there is a $20 monthly styling fee that is deducted from the cost of the items you keep. You fill out your profile that includes information such as your sizes, what type of workouts you do and what type of workout clothes you prefer. You are then sent 5 items based upon your profile. From those 5 items, you can keep what you like and send back what you don’t. Interested in signing up for the Wantable Fitness Edit box or any of their other subscription boxes? Click here to use my referral link to do so.
Let’s take a look at what I got in my first Fitness Edit box!
Item #1: Prismsport Solid and Print Tank Rio
I am a huge fan of tank tops for working out regardless of the season and I especially loved the fun print and colors on the back of this Prismsport top.
Once I tried it on I fell in love with the fit of the top. It was the perfect size and length. However, because I typically always work out in black bottoms, I didn’t like that the front of the tank was also black. So despite my love of everything else about this workout top, it was returned.
Cost to Keep: $54.00
Item #2: Printed Legging Geometric Neon Afterglow
How fun are these leggings? As I mentioned before most of my workout bottoms are all black so I have nothing like these in my workout wardrobe.
After I put them on I knew I had to keep them. Not only did they fit great and look fun but they also made me excited to go workout and that is the kind of motivation I need!
Cost to Keep: $72.00
Item #3: Pullover Space Dye Hoodie
I am a big hoodie lover and this hoodie is of great quality and is super comfy.
The only reason I decided not to keep it is because it is black and I would rather have a hoodie that is more colorful so that I can be seen easier while I am out running.
Cost to Keep: $59.00
Item #4: Teel Cross Back Long Sleeve Tee
I really wanted to love this top because it is oh so comfy and it is perfect for working out or just being out and about.
Unfortunately, the color was not right for my skin tone and I wasn’t a fan of the points in the back of the top.
Cost to Keep: $49.00
Item #5: Colosseum Motivation Jacket
I love the color of this jacket! It is super light weight and is very unique looking. However, I didn’t care for how short the jacket was in the front. It’s cute but it is just not for me.
Cost to Keep: $89.00
Overall I really enjoyed trying the Wantable Fitness Edit! I thought it was a fun way to try out different activewear lines and to find unqiue pieces to add to my workout clothes collection.
I am very excited about the leggings that I decided to keep. I am sure I will be wearing them both to work out in and even when I am not working out. The athleisure look is pretty popular right now so that works in my favor as I can wear my workout clothes as everyday clothes and it makes me look fashionable. 😉
Ready to sign up for the Wantable Fitness Edit and try it out for yourself? Click here to use my referral link to do so because it makes me happy.
What did you think of the items I got in my Wantable Fitness Edit?
Ready to take a peek at what I am eyeing for my 2016 race calendar?
I think the theme of 2016 will be pretty obvious but I seem to be once again focusing on trail races with a side of obstacle course races. You all know how much I love to run trails. I love OCR too but there are not a ton that come near Detroit and because I have other travel plans for 2016, I have to eliminate OCRs that I would like to do that would involve travel. Unless I win the lottery, then I will run all the OCRs all over the place.
No races planned. It’s winter. It’s cold. Although not as cold as it could be. But I do not like winter running, at least not in Michigan.
No races planned. See above.
March is that iffy time of the year where it can be cold or warm but I am willing to take my chances. I have two races that I am considering for this month.
Corktown (3/13): I ran Corktown last year for the first time and really enjoyed it. Sure it is not a trail race but outside of trail races and OCRs, I do actually enjoy races that are in downtown locales. And who doesn’t like a race through Detroit? This race has a fun St. Patty’s atmosphere, great crowd support due to it being on the St Patty’s parade route and an awesome medal. To read my recap of last year’s race, click here.
Rock CF (3/20): This is also not a trail race but it is one of my favorite local races and I have participated in it every year since it started. It is very organized, has a great course, fabulous volunteers, sweet medals, amazing post race food and it is for a great cause. It’s also where I got my half marathon PR! To read about my experience at last year’s Rock CF race, click here.
I am not sure if I will do both races or if I will just pick one. It will be hard to just pick one though, see we will see.
Trestle Trek Race (4/16): This will be a new to me race! It takes place on the Wadhams to Avoca Trail and the course crosses the famous train trestle 2 times. The old train trestle is Michigan oldest and longest non-motorized bridge which is 60 ft above Mill Creek. They offer a 4 mile, 10k, 25k and a half marathon all of which are an out and back course. The half marathon and 25k finishers will receive finisher medals. All of the races are only $25 which is a great deal!
I don’t know anyone (that I am aware of) who has run this race, so if you have, I would love your feedback on it before I decide to register.
Back to the Beach (5/15): This is the only race that I am currently signed up for. It is one of my favorite local half marathons and it takes place in my favorite place to run, Stony Creek Metropark. It’s a very organized race with fantastic volunteers and a great medal. This year they have done away with free race shirts and instead each participant will get a beach towel. I like that idea as I have a lot of race shirts and I don’t use a majority of them.
Lilac 10k Run (6/4): This is not a trail race but it is on Mackinaw Island and it is on Chris’s birthday weekend. Chris has for the most part hung up his running shoes, but he loves Mackinaw Island so much that I could twist his arm to do this race with me. The run also celebrates the Lilac Festival which is a fun time to visit the island.
Two Hearted Trail Run (6/25): Now THIS is a trail race! This race takes place in the Upper Peninsula and 80% of the course is single track trails. They offer a half, a marathon and a 50k; all of which end at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Detroit Runner ran the half last year and you can read his race recap by clicking here.
I probably won’t end up doing both races, so if Chris decides he wants to do the Lilac Run, I will have to put the Two Hearted Trail Run on my race list for next year.
Waugoshance Race (7/9): This race is put on by Great Lakes Endurance who also does the Two Hearted Trail Run. The Waugoshance Race takes place in Emmet County which is where I grew up! Unfortunately I was not as into running as I am now so I never ran on the trails that make up this race course. A majority of the course is single track and they offer a half marathon, marathon relay and a marathon. Detroit Runner also ran this race last year, you can view his recap here.
Battlefrog Obstacle Race (8/27): I’ve never ran a Battlefrog Obstacle Race (not to be confused with Red Frog, the folks who put on Warrior Dash) but I heard it is fun. The only downside to the event, at least right now, is that the location for the Detroit event is TBD. The Metro Detroit area is very large so it could either be close to me or far away from me and I would prefer to know the location before I sign up.
Down & Dirty Obstacle Race (8/28): I’ve done the Detroit Down & Dirty several times and outside of the water issues that they had the last time I did it, I always enjoyed my experience. As you may notice this is the day after the Battlefrog. It’s tempting to do both even though it is the same weekend because by the look of things, these will be the only two OCRs on my schedule this year.
The Hungerford Trail Races (9/24): This race has been on my wish list for quite some time now, so it’s about time that I finally do it. The race occurs in Big Rapids and they offer a half, a marathon and a 50 miler. They also have a sweet wooden finishers medal that I have been lusting over.
Thru The Leaves Trail Run (10/1): I stumbled upon this race on the runmichigan website. The race takes place in Rochester Hills and it offers both a 10k and a half marathon. Since I have never heard of the race, I thought it would be fun to check out. Plus, it’s a trail race so it has to be good right?
Hideous Holiday Sweater Run (11/12): This is another race that I found on the runmichigan site. It takes place at Kensington Metropark although it does not appear to be on trails. It seems they are utilizing the bike path for the race course. They are offering a 1 mile, 5k and a 13k option. I’ve never ran a 13k race before so that would give me an automatic PR right?! 😉 All proceeds for the race will go to the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter.
My January Ipsy Glam Bag is on its way so I figured I should probably post about my December Ipsy Glam Bag. The delay was partly due to my lack of excitement about the December bag and partly because I took a bit of a break from blogging in December.
Item #1: Marc Anthony Hair Care – Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment
Item #2: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Item #3: Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red
Item #4: ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner
Item #5: Tarte Cosmetics Amozonian Clay Finishing Powder
I’m not a big fan of the make up bag this month. It’s just not me. And to be honest, I am not too excited about the items I got either. Although I do like the lipstick and the Tarte finishing powder. I’ve been really happy with the two months prior to this one, so I really can’t complain. Plus the Ipsy Glam Bag is only $10 a month, so it’s not a big investment.
I am however, very excited about this month’s bag. Have you seen it yet?
And since I didn’t like the December bag I figured I would give it away and fill it with some product samples that I have received from various boxes. I will be including the red Ipsy bag that you see in the first picture of this post, the ModelCo lip liner plus a bunch of other product samples that are not great for me but might be great for you. To enter to win, just use the widget below!