Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tried It Tuesday #BeTrueToYourCore Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer: As part of my relationship with Fit Approach, I received a case of CORE Hydration for review and giveaway purposes.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Did you know one of the most important step to health and well being is hydration?    And even better!  It's the easiest steps too!

Not only does hydration regulate your temperature, rather helps transport important nutrients to provide you with energy.  If you are not properly hydrated, you will not perform at your best level.  

Everywhere I go, I have a bottle of water with me.  Car rides, my classroom, staff meetings, track practice, gym.    It's super simple to grab a bottle of CORE® Hydration and sip away.  All day long.  

CORE® Hydration is a water like no other.  It's ultra-purified, using a 7 stage propriety process which includes U.V, carbon filtration, reverse osmosis, and ozonation that removes harmful impurities and contaminants.   

CORE® Hydration is perfectly balanced with electrolytes and minerals that complement the levels that naturally occur in the human both, with a "Perfect pH" of 7.4.  Concerned about buying plastic water bottles?  No worries, the bottles are 100% recyclable! 

Find some  CORE® Hydration near you with this link.  

And if you are feeling lucky, CORE® Hydration  has offered 12 FULL VALUE CORE Coupons to one of my readers. 

How to enter:
CORE® Hydration  contest will run from 5/17/16 to 5/20/16 (midnight, EST).
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  • 1 winner will be selected using rafflecopter.
  • Open to Residents of the US only 18 years of age or older.  
  • Winner must have a valid email address.
  • Winner will be notified via email and/or blog post and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
  • All winning entries will be verified. 
  • If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  
  • Prize package will be mailed out by CORE.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites!

This week seriously hit me like a big old Mac truck!   I had been dealing with a slight cold for a while.  Monday morning I woke up feeling a little sluggish... by the end of the day, my chest felt like it was full of concrete, I couldn't stop coughing, and I had a fever of 103!  Craziness!  

I've been here before, too many times!  I'm super thankful that my insurance company using an app that allows me to "call in" and video chat with a doctor on call.  I share my medical history, medications and all that jazz, and for my $15 copay, I get to "see" a doctor without having to wait until my regular dr can fit me in.... sometime in the next week or so... and I avoid driving to Urgent Care and waiting for who knows how long.  Since I have a documented history of bronchitis, it's pretty simple for a doctor to see that and prescribe me the medications needed.   This is the 2nd time I've used it and I'm pretty much in love with it.  I was skeptical at first.  But now.... yeah.  It's amazing!   Within 30 minutes I was at my local pharmacy picking up my prescriptions.  Pretty simple.  Pretty amazing.  

Have you ever used an app like that?   

All I wanted to do was curl up and go to sleep for the rest of the week, but I held strong and probably made it worse.  Tuesday - my middle school track team had a meet and I had to be there.  I could handle walking around with a clipboard, right?  

Well, sorta.  And then I promptly passed out when I got home.  Wednesday, would have been awesome to stay home and be sick... but nope.  I had to co-lead a professional development workshop at school.  Darn responsibilities!  By Wednesday evening, I was spent.  So I finally listened to my body and took yesterday and today off from school.  I was on the fence about today, but then Izzy woke up with a fever, and I knew I couldn't send her to school.    

My view for most of the day.... Izzy passed out on the couch,
Mallie keeping her "safe' while I coughed my brains out and caught up on grading papers and planning.  

So, if the recovery continues the way I want it too.... and the way it usually does with me and bronchitis, I can still run the Sugarloaf 15k this Sunday!  I've never run this race before....and I'm super excited!  I've done the marathon before... but not the 15k.  (fingers crossed!) 

A major favorite part of my week was actually Sunday.    What was a dreary, chilly, Mother's Day, turned out to be pretty awesome. We started out with Tucker's soccer game.  

his coach added a nice touch and had the kids bring roses to their moms....  great job, coach!
Then afterwards we drove out to Fort Popham, to watch the seals.  Something I enjoyed doing with my mom when I was growing up.... and something I find to be quite comforting and soothing.  And to be able to share that experience with my own family, makes it even more special.... plus I felt closer to my mom on Sunday too.  

The beauty about living in Maine is that we get to enjoy these cool, foggy days at the beach too.  While it was chilly, it was fun!  

A few weeks ago I upgraded my Garmin....  yep.  After 3 years of my cute purple Garmin 10, I decided I needed a new and improved Garmin.  So I went for it.  I bought the Garmin 235.  I'm in love with it!  And I'm probably addicted to the HR and my daily steps.  I might have a contest going with some of my advisees as to who will have more steps in a day.  I might win almost every day.   

paired perfectly with my Momentum Jewelry wrap

I'm chip lover through and through.  This week, I received a new Influenster Box... and inside there was this bag.  AMAZING!  Spicy, salty.  Perfection.  It might have been inhaled in one sitting.  Oops.  That is why I do not purchase chips anymore.  I have zero control when it comes to chips.  

If you are a fan of chips, get them!  SOOO good!  Thank you, Influenster!  

And while I'm praying that I'm well enough to run the Sugarloaf 15k on Sunday, I decided to fix up my playlist.  I heard the newest Justin Timberlake song and had to have it, which then prompted me to create a new playlist.  So here it is! 

So, that leads me to what in the world am I going to wear????  I'm thinking definitely Spandits!  ProCompression.  Headsweats.  Altra.  Momentum Jewelry.   And my Garmin 235.  My standard running attire.   And with my collection..... of all of the above (well, I only have one Garmin).... but with the rest, the race outfits possibilities are endless!    

What have your favorites been lately?  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Feel.Amazing.Everyday. with Amazing Grass

I received a container of Amazing Grass Protein Superfood through my association with FitApproach. All opinions are my own.

There is something about SUPERfood that has me excited! So when Amazing Grass created their Protein Superfood, I had to see what it was all about.

First impressions go a long way. And I was 100% impressed with this package from Amazing Grass! The cutest ball glass jar with glass straw, prAna yoga towel, sweet bag and Amazing Grass Protein Superfood - Pure Vanilla.

I knew it! Packed FULL of SUPERfoods! Where else will you get all of these delicious and healthy ingredients in ONE spot? Yeah.... only with Amazing Grass!

I have been feeling amazing while drinking my Amazing Grass smoothies daily. They are super simple to make and taste amazing every single time.

So, when do I drink my Amazing Grass smoothies?  Breakfast AND Lunch EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.   

My MOST favorite combination.   Cold brew coffee + Amazing Grass Protein Superfood (Pure Vanilla).  Shake (or stir) however you prefer.  And smile ALL.DAY.LONG!

Our family schedule is seriously kicking my ass lately.  Get up at 5:30, take care of the dogs.  Get myself ready. Get Tucker up by 6, then Izzy about 6:20. Deal with Izzy's outfit-of-the-day meltdown. While making sure my school bag is all set, my track bag is all set with the right ProCompression socks and Spandits. Make sure Tucker's laptop is charged for the day.  Leave the house by 6:50. Drop Tucker off at school, then head to the HS.   By this point, I'm already exhausted!  But I keep powering through with the energy packed Amazing Grass smoothie I have in my hand!  

Thank GOODNESS it takes about 30 seconds to make because that is all the time I have to make myself my breakfast.  Then another 30 seconds to pour some Almond or Cashew milk and cold brew coffee into another shaker bottle for lunch & toss the Amazing Grass container in my bag - and lunch is ready too!   

A few Amazing Grass facts:
* All Amazing Grass products are plant-based, non-GMO, and made with real, whole-food ingredients.  
*Amazing Grass is designed for people who want to get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
*Amazing Grass is also perfect for those who want to eat clean and detoxify.

Amazing Grass - you hit this one out of the park!  It's AMAZING!  

Amazing Grass is reasonably priced at $34.99 here.  You can become a member and save 20% or use my code SWEATPINKJennyB16 for a ONE TIME 30% off discount (expires 5/31/16).  

And if you are feeling lucky, Amazing Grass has offered a full sized Protein Superfood to one of my readers. 

How to enter:
Amazing Grass contest will run from 5/2/2016 to 5/10/2016 (midnight, EST).
  • Enter through rafflecopter below.
  • 1 winner will be selected using rafflecopter.
  • Open to Residents of the US only 18 years of age or older.  
  • Winner must have a valid email address.
  • Winner will be notified via email and/or blog post and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
  • All winning entries will be verified. 
  • If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  
  • Prize package will be mailed out by Amazing Grass.  

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Favorites

Well hello there!  This Saturday is shaping up to be a gorgeous day! 

Instead of Friday Favorites, because I didn't get this post done on time, I'm going to bring you a Saturday Favorites.   It's my blog and I can do what I want! 

Premier Protein.
Something I've been dying to tell you about.  It's the newest Premier Protein flavor - Bananas & Cream.  It tastes amazing!  Almost like a dessert.   But a dessert that is packed with 30 grams of protein, essential amino acids, 24 vitamins and minerals, 1 gram of sugar and 160 calories!

I tried it as a recovery shake and definitely felt satisfied and ready to take on the next day's workout.  Plus I still cannot get over how delicious it tasted!  

Even as a meal replacement shake it was the best!  I'm huge into smoothies for meals anyway but I was out of my normal powder.  So I grabbed one of these instead....and my lunch was taken care of!  

I even shared with Ward, "Mr. Running With The Girls".  Of course I waited until the last one to offer up my sharing.... because if I offered it earlier, he would have just drank them all because he thought they were amazing too!   

Shower Pill.  
You know it's meant to be when you're loading the car to head to the gym for a brutal incline treadmill workout for Mt. Washington and you see the mail truck pull up to your mail box.  So you decide to get the mail before heading to the gym and you have your supply of Shower Pill and a new cool tank!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shower Pill.  It keeps me feeling fresh and non-smelly when I don't have time to shower after a workout.  It's especially helpful on those days I have parent-teacher conferences and need to run before heading back to school!   I also like to keep a stash in my bag because you just never know!   Use the code WIPEDOWN for 15% off at ShowerPill.  

While I'm on the topic of those hard, incline treadmill runs.  Let's talk about Spring!  This fabulous music app has so many options for you, it's incredible!   I love the variety and the choices!  

Spring also has training plans available to you too!  Feel free to download this app for a free 1 month trial HERE.  

What are some of your favorite things lately???  What races or events do you have coming up?  

I was provided a sample of Premier Protein, who understands that this review and the opinion stated is that of my own.  As always, all opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own.   

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stay Charged On The GO!

April Break for us means our annual trip to Boston for the best Marathon Monday ever!  The husband, Mr. Running With The Girls, has run Boston for the past 5 years.  Which means, that for the past 5 years, it's become our routine to head down to Boston for the expo, head to Ward and Wade's aunt and uncle's house for lots of family time, and then the Boston Marathon!

I've spectated the Boston Marathon 4 out of those 5 years.  The one year I didn't spectate, I actually ran it.  

expo fun!  
Spectating the Boston Marathon is no joke!  It seriously takes quite a bit of planning and organizing to get you through the day!  One day, Ward will be the spectator and will completely appreciate all of the work that goes into spectating!  By all means, I am not comparing the prep-work to spectating to the years of prep-work it takes to qualify for the race and then train for race day... or the hardwork of the fundraisers.   Hats off to all of the Boston Marathoners - qualifiers, fundraisers, and invitational bibs!  

But I digress.  Back to the spectating story.   As I said, I've spectated that race 4 times.  Each time is a little different and who is with me is a little different, but I've learned a few tricks along the way.  Like keep my phone charged!

a cozy robe keeps these two marathoning twins warm at runner's village

First off, my phone is my freaking life source while spectating.  If that battery dies, that I'd be lost.  I need to keep it charged for several hours of heavy use!  Thank goodness for the HubPlus and Style Power myCharge devices!   

Look at those marathoning twins!  Love them!

Before even heading down to Boston, I downloaded the BAA Marathon app, which allows you to track up to 10 different runners, get updates on the top runners, and see the map of the course.  Which  is super helpful if you're looking for a T station along the route!  

photo op time before heading back on the course to finish

Another app that was super helpful was the MBTA commuter line app.  It allowed my sister-in-law and I to pay for our tickets on the way in without having to worry about having cash on us.  It also gave us the purple line incoming and departure schedules so we could make sure we made it back to Back Bay in time to make the outgoing trip back to Grafton and not have to wait another hour or so.  

Exciting to be able to coordinate a meet up for hugs from two
of my favorite ladies - Melissa (center) and Amy (far right).
Fun fact - I went to college with these lovely ladies.  Melissa lives in the Boston area
and Amy actually lives closer to me...and is Izzy's teacher!

But with all of that app usage, my iPhone battery dies super fast.  Then add in the texting updates, phone calls, photos, Facebook posts.  You name it!  It's a crazy day.   Like I said, I am so appreciative of my two new myCharge units.  Yes.  I brought both with me!  

Entertainment the next day at Faneuil Hall

Because of the fabulous myCharge, my phone (as well as a few other people's phones) stayed charged all day long!  

and a carousel ride!

But my charging story doesn't end there!  myCharge kept me charged the next day when we took the family into Faneuil Hall.    I tucked my HubPlus into my bag and my phone stayed charged all day.  

The performance of the HubPlus and Style Power while in Boston made me a true believer.  I keep one or the other in my bag at all times now, because you never know when you'll need one!   

A recreation of the situation, since I needed someone to take a pic of me charging my phone,
but you get the idea.  Super easy and convenient.  

The other day, at track practice, my phone completely died.  I need it charged just in case a parent needs to get in contact with me or an athlete needs to get in touch with a parent.  Thankfully I had my Style Power with me, and I was able to just plug in my dead phone and all was right with the world again.  

How about a few facts:

The Style Power.  It's sleek and slim and perfect for the fashionista to stay charged all day long, anywhere you go!   It has an integrated USB charging cable and can be used about 500 times.  It is a 2000mAh power, that gives you up to 15 extra hours of talk time on smart phones.   It's a great deal at $19.99.  Check out the other styles available.  

Both myCharge devices charge so easily!  All you need to add to the Style Power is a USB plug.  We have tons around out house and they are super easy to pick up just about anywhere!

The HubPlus has a plug built into the back side that just flips up whenever you need to charge! And it comes equiped with two different an Apple®  Lightning™  cable and an integrated micro-USB cable, to make your charging needs effortless.  

This power bank packs 6000mAh, has been newly designed to be 30% smaller in size and extends talk time by 45 hours!  The retail price of the HubPlus is $99.99 and is completely worth every cent.  

Now, onto the the best part!  Now that I have you excited about myCharge and their fabulous products, I get to share a discount code with you so you can stay charged all of the time - on the go - with everything you do!  Use congrats for 40% off the HubPlus. That's an amazing deal!!!  Code is expires 5/31/16.

Actually, now that marathon training officially begins next month (gulp).... I will definitely be tucking my Style Power in my backpack while I run so I can stay charged while literally, on-the-go!   

And if you are feeling lucky, myCharge has offered TWO of my readers their own myCharge.  I have ONE Style Power and ONE HubPlus to giveaway.  

How to enter:
myCharge contest will run from 4/28/2016 to 5/8/2016 (midnight, EST).
  • Enter through rafflecopter below.
  • 2 winners will be selected using rafflecopter.  1 winner for the Style Power, 1 winner for the HubPlus.
  • Open to Residents of the US only 18 years of age or older.  
  • Winner must have a valid email address.
  • Winner will be notified via email and/or blog post and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
  • All winning entries will be verified. 
  • If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  
  • Prize package will be mailed out by myCharge.  

This post is sponsored by myCharge who understands that this review and the opinion stated is that of my own.  As always, all opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own.   

Monday, April 18, 2016

From Here. For Here.

Whenever we leave the state, crossing the Piscataqua Bridge and
seeing this sign always makes me smile.

Maine.  The Way Life Should Be.
I've been hearing this for almost as long as I can remember.  Way before my parents moved us to Maine in 1990, they brought us up to Maine to vacation.  Every summer we spent a week in Maine.  

My parents moved us to Maine in 1990 and it was definitely one of the best decisions ever.  I've been living her for over 26 years now, and I am quite proud to call the State of Maine my home.  And I'm even happier that Ward and I are raising our children here.  

When I think about what I love most about Maine, I think about the natural beauty of our state.  You do not have to drive far to be able to see and experience the views Maine has to offer.  

We have water.  Lots of fresh, clean, water.   We have beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and many ponds, lakes and rivers. 

Fall 2015, Wells Beach
You can simply take in the views of the water, or experience the water with some stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing.  Or you can go for a beautiful run on the beach with some friends and take in the beauty. 

Fall 2015, at Rise.Run.Retreat at Wells Beach, Wells, Maine

I'm proud to say I'm from Maine.  When I think of Maine, many great companies come to mind...but one stands out above all the rest.  Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.

Since 1845, Poland Spring®  has been sourced from several, carefully selected, natural springs in Maine and is available throughout the Northeast.   From the spring to the bottle, Poland Spring works hard to ensure that every drop is up to par.

I know when I find myself purchasing water from the grocery store, I can trust that I'm buying a natural water from a trusted company that will not only taste fresh and clean, I am also confident it's safe for my family.

So what does it mean to me to be from Poland Spring® County?  It means that I am raising my family in a clean and beautiful area where we can enjoy outdoor activities year round.

Do you live in Maine?   Share with me what it means to you to be from #PolandSpringCountry.

And if you don't live in Maine, have you visited Maine?  Where was your favorite place to visit?  Join the conversation with Poland Spring® on Facebook, Twitter, or on Instagram.  

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Poland Spring®Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. The opinions and text are all mine.