Thursday, March 5, 2015

(Kids) Shoe Review: Reebok Zig Big N Fast EX

With two parents who are runners and are super picky about what we put on our feet, you better believe we are pickier when it comes to what we put on our kids' growing feet.  Which makes our kids quite lucky.   I think so, anyway.   I have two mini-me runners on my hands and I need them to have great shoes on their feet.

Which brings me to the Reebok Zig Big N Fast EX.   As a parent, I really like the ZigTech features, which does provide energy the entire length of the shoe - from heal to toe, as well as:

* SUPERSIZED ZIGTECH MIDSOLE - engineered for maximum cushioning in the heel and as well as providing responsive acceleration in the forefoot
* TPU PROPULSION PLATE - which channels energy at impact for lightweight, accelerated mid foot transition
* NANOBREEZE - a lightweight mesh upper which provides superior breathability and comfort

Given the support, protection and cushioning in the design of the newest Reebok Zig Big N Fast EX, I know I feel at ease knowing the feet of my two most cherished littles, have the best support possible.  Happy feet makes for happier, healthier people.  

Now that you know that mom is a fan, you get to know what my kids think.  Tucker, my super picky middle school boy, has actually chosen to wear his Zigs to school on many occasions.  He said they are quite comfortable.  They remind him a little about his first pair of Zigs, which he did like, but said these are "way better", and the "colors are better".

Izzy is in love.  As you can tell by her hugging her shoes.  She said that they are her "fast shoes" and are going to "take her places".  She said now she cannot wait until summer track when she can run around the track in them.  That is after the 4 feet of snow we have melts.  Sadly, the kids have only been wearing them to school and wearing them for PE classes.  If didn't have the feet of said snow on the ground, I know they'd be wearing them all of the time!

And while design and support are important, price is important as well.  The preschool sizes are priced well at $59.99 and the grade school sizes are priced at $79.99.   You can find them at your local Finish Line store or purchase them online here

What shoes do your kids wear?  
Do you think about support or price?  
How much do looks come into play?  

This post was created in partnership with FitFluential on behalf of Reebok.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Free Shoes for A Year?

You know I'm a shoe addict.  My husband has another word for this, but this is a family  blog and I don't like to use inappropriate language on here.... so we'll leave it at addict.  

When I see the opportunity to win a YEAR'S WORTH OF FREE SHOES, I get super excited!   No one can ever have too many shoes - especially when they look as cool as this:  

If you go to Main Line Men's Wear and enter for your chance to win, you are entering for a chance to win a pair of Adidas Original Trainers per month for a year.  12 pairs of Adidas!  

Tell me, what colors would you choose?  I'd probably start with classic black and white first because they ooze cool.  From there, I just don't know!  Too many great colors/choices to choose from!

Tasty Tuesday! (+Giveaway)

In February, I kicked off a Smoothie A Day routine.   My smoothies usually consist of a liquid (like almond, coconut or cashew milk), a green (like kale or spinach), a fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, etc), and a source of protein (protein powder or greek yogurt).  I had no idea that Hemp Hearts were a great source of protein until I had the opportunity to review a sample of Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Hearts.  

Did you know that they have 10g of protein/30 g serving?  I was shocked!  After I read about their protein content, I had to experiment with them in my morning smoothie..... 

and guess what?  SUCCESS!  So much success, I wanted to eat more Hemp Hearts and through together a salad for lunch and tossed the remainder of the sample onto my kale and tahini salad.  Again, SUCCESS!  

I've been so sad about not having Hemp Hearts, and haven't been able to find it sold locally.  I was actually playing around with my Subscribe and Save on Amazon the other night and nearly squealed with delight when I found that I can have 1 lb of Hemp Hearts delivered to my door 1x a month.    Seriously, check this deal out if you are an Amazon lover.  

If not, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are available online through their own store or you can find where it is sold in your local area by searching here.   There is even a link for $1 off here.  Great deal!

If you are interested in trying out Hemp Hearts for yourself, before you buy of course, because you are going to LOVE it, Manitoba Harvest is letting me host a giveaway of a bag of Hemp Hearts for one of my lucky readers!  The giveaway is limited to those who live in the US or Canada.  

The giveaway begins today and will end 3/10/15.  I will email the winner, so be sure to log in with a working email!  

Disclaimer:  I reviewed Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Hearts as part of a FitApproach Campaign.  I was not required to provide a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This week has been quite a nice week off from school.  I haven't done a single thing for school and will definitely regret this decision come Sunday night, but that's okay with me.   We all need a week to recharge. The kids and I have had a nice laid back week and that is exactly how I like it.  I want them to be well rested as well.

I decided at the beginning of February I needed to go back to my morning smoothies.  During the summer and fall, I was very good about them but then the cold weather returned to Maine and my desire to drink something cold in the mornings disappeared.  I noticed a huge lack of energy and some extra poundage coming on - perhaps too much pizza, chips and beer.  Then I remembered how many extra yummy, good for you ingredients go into my smoothies and I knew what I was going to do! 

I keep my smoothies simple - I usually have coconut/almond milk (or cashew if my grocery store has it), a green, some fruit, source of protein, hemp or chia seeds and then I blend like crazy and enjoy.  

Ward and Izzy have even joined me with my morning smoothies and I couldn't be more delighted. 

The FitApproach and Prana daily yoga challenges have been amazing.  Today is the last day for #BringingYogaBack and there are a couple of weeks left to the  #TakeTheLeap challenge.  

Even if I only do 5 minutes of yoga a day, I feel my body is getting that much needed stretch.  I also love that the kids have been watching and trying too....I tried one pose the other day and fell over.  Then Tucker said "I can do that!".  Not quite...but he didn't fall over like I did!  

Onces in a while, between storms, the sun pokes out.  It is glorious.  I can almost convince myself that spring is on the way.  I put on my sunglasses and all is right with the world...and then I see those huge piles of snow.  By the way I just saw this on Facebook: 

I'd say we have enough snow and can move onto Spring now!  

Just in case you have never enjoyed the sun with the snow reflection, it's hard to see.  The glare can be overwhelming.  I usually have a nice collection of sunglasses sitting beside the door to choose from, but they are all rather athletic looking.  Sometimes I want a little different look.  

I was sent these sunglasses from the Glasses Shop and I love them!  A completely different look for me and they are polarized.  You should check out the Glasses Shop and their great, affordable prices! Be sure to use JenniferBX20 for 20% off as well.  

I've been a lover of Skechers for over a year now.  Nothing hugs my arches and keeps my feet happier.  Well, if that shoe does exist, I haven't tried it yet.  

Last week, I stopped by my fave local running store - Granite City Running just after the UPS man had visited the store and delivered the GoRun Ultra2!  It was meant to be.  

the next day I ran 14 miles in problem.  

And the color way of this shoe?  I absolutely love.  Bold, bright - reminds me of the 80's.  Perfect for me.  

What are your favorites lately? What are your Friday/Weekend Plans?  

This morning, I'm heading off to a local animal shelter with hopes in bringing home this cutie (or one of her siblings).  We will see if it was meant to be!  

No, we were not looking for a new dog at all.  Pepper is the absolute best.  But those blue eyes and grey fur just pop and made us all fall in love with her.  Plus, her name is Salty, which goes perfectly with Pepper!  

disclosure:  I was sent a pair of sunglasses to review.  I was not required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Workout Wednesday - A Tangled Mess!

Good morning!   It's sunny and beautiful outside.  I even checked the hourly forecast for today and it is supposed to warm up today, so I may get outside for a run!  I am kind of excited by this.  Sunny skies, fresh air.  All of this sounds great, minus the snow.

Yes.  We have another storm coming today.   I've lost track of the storms and snowfall.  All I know is it's cold and I cannot wait to run without all of the layers.   Although, I haven't really been running with lots of layers lately, because most of my running has been taking place on the treadmill at my gym.   Some people call it the dreadmill.  Honestly, I used to think it was horrible too.  But I've gotten quite used to it.

I was just looking over my marathon training.  The long runs are getting longer and my weekly mileage is stacking up quite nicely.  

January: 128 miles  
February to date: 100.5 miles 

My longest run was 16 miles a couple of weeks ago with Carrie.  I'm incorporating speed/hill work, more yoga, more strength.  All good things!

With all of this running, I tend to think about the days when I thought I could only run with music.  When I run outside on my road, I do not run with music.  It's not safe.  I want to hear the cars coming and be able to jump off the road if need be - since I don't have much of a shoulder.  I also would like to be able to hear if there is someone near me.  I usually do not see people walking or running on my road when I'm out there, but I want to be aware of my surroundings.

With all of my treadmill running, I have been listening to tons of music, which means I needed to find my earbuds and update my playlist.

The good news is that updating my playlist is super easy, especially with my phone.   The bad news is that my earbuds are always a tangled mess.  It takes me forever to untangle them.  A couple of weeks ago, I was sent something called Cordskinz.   Check out the video below.

They a basically a plastic coating that slips over your earbuds cords that make it harder for those awful cords to get tangled up.  It took me less than 5 minutes to get the Cordskinz on my earbuds and trim to length.  They are not permanent either.  You can easily take the Cordskinz off if you choose to or want to change out the color.  Check out all of the color options they have too!!!

I'm so happy to be able to try out Cordskinz.  Now I don't have to spend precious running time untangling my earbud cords!  I know you hate it too!!!  

Check out their Facebook page here as well.   
You will love Cordskinz too!!!  
No more tangled mess.  

disclosure:  I was sent a sample for the purposes of a review.  I was not required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tried It Tuesday

During the winter months, when I'm usually wearing lots of layers, long tights, high socks, I don't pay a lot of attention to shaving.  I actually get quite lazy about it.  Sorry, Ward.  But this year, I actually had to make an honest effort to shave those legs of mine at least on Sunday nights because of indoor track on Monday.  I definitely didn't want to show off the hairy legs to my athletes.

The weather in Maine, for the past couple of weeks has been rather cold and brutal as well.  Tons of snow.  Sub zero temps and then when the temperature did get about zero - the windchill was below zero.  Brrr...  which means I'm now running on the treadmill a lot more.  Since I do not have my own treadmill, I use one at the gym or school's fitness center.  Which then means - if they look, people will see my hairy legs!  So now that shaving routine has returned.    

My focus with Running With The Girls is fitness, family, and healthy eating.  But once in a while, a different kind of product catches my eye and I have to try it out and tell you about it.  Today I reached for one of these products that I received (gasp) back in November and remembered I hadn't blogged about it yet.   Why? Because I don't have to use it that often.   It does it's job the one time I need to use it, I put it away, and then about a month later, I use it again.

I love my mom dearly and I miss her daily.  However, she gave me this fabulous thing called a mustache.  And it's dark.  I've tried all of the options - ignoring it, bleach. waxing, plucking.  They all suck and do not work for me.   Then I was sent the Emjoi EpiSlim+ e18.

A few facts: 
- compact hair remover 
- 18 tweezers, 3 disc system pulls unwanted hair from the root 
- results last up to 6 weeks 
- 540 tweezer actions per second 
- great for unwanted facial or body hair  
- battery operated 

My thoughts.
The EpiSlim does remove unwanted hair for quite a long time.   I usually get about 4 weeks between uses, which is great because using the EpiSlim is not pain free. The first few "plucks" definitely evoke some tears, but after I get over the initial shock, I'm good to go and can get the job done - meaning a smooth, hair free area above my lip.    I also notice that my skin does not get irritated by this at all.  A little pain from the quick plucking - yes.  But I don't have any redness or pain afterward.    It is definitely worth it, especially at a price of $34.95.  No more bleach and wax purchases which add up.  I'm saving tons of money and that 'stash is gone.

Come on ladies, share what you use to remove unwanted hair?  It's not something we talk a lot about. And if you are a lucky one that doesn't have that hair, I am so jealous of you!  

disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the sole purpose of a review.  All thoughts are 100% honest and my own opinion.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Move It Monday - #TakeTheLeap with Prana and FitApproach

Early on in this marathon training cycle I committed myself to incorporating more yoga into my daily life to help stretch my sore, tired marathon muscles and to add more strength into my daily routine.  When Prana and FitApproach launched their #TakeTheLeapChallenge, I was definitely up for joining in on the fun.  

#TakeTheLeapChallenge is a 30 day challenge encouraging participants to do at least 5 minutes of yoga a day and share the pose of their choice on Instagram with #taketheleap #sweatpink #prana hashtags and tagging @prana and @fitapproach daily from 2/2 - 3/8, for a chance to win $500 for yourself and a friend at Prana.  

Prior to this challenge and campaign, I never tried Prana apparel before.  Mostly because I don't see it a lot in the stores in my area.  As part of the campaign, I was a sent an outfit to wear.  Immediately, this outfit went straight to the top of my favorites rotation.  I chose something I could wear to work, hike in, or practice yoga.  I love the versatility of the look and fabric.  You can see my outfit below to the left - the Quinn Top and Halle Pant.  

Like I said, I chose an outfit for everyday activity.  It is Maine and it is quite cold (as I type the weather is reporting that the windchill is -20 right now), I had to wear a sweater over my adorable Quinn top not only for warmth but to make it look a little more appropriate to wear to work.  

And I was not shocked when I was complimented on how great my outfit looked, not only by co-workers, but students and my husband as well.  I guess I better add more Prana to my wardrobe!   

I have a discount code to share with all of my readers - psps15RWTG for 15% off at Prana!  Time to go shopping and then add in more yoga into your life!  

disclosure:  I received the above mentioned outfit for the sole purpose of a review.  All thoughts are 100% honest and my own opinion.