Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Favorites + A Giveaway!

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the Holiday Season yet?  We're getting there!  





I created an Advent "Calendar" for the kids this year.... that takes up an entire wall in our kitchen.  It was just a vision I had - so I ordered 12 pairs of fuzzy, holiday socks from Amazon, then hung them up with clothes pins on some twine, attached some numbers, and stuffed them with little goodies for the kids.  I was actually please with how it turned out!  Now I need to keep Izzy from stealing the socks and wearing them to school because I'd love to reuse it again next year.  The one tweak I'll do is make some better numbers on little wooden disks and attach them to the socks or the clothes pin.



In terms of fitness, I'm loving a more laid back approach to running and a heavier focus on yoga, strength and overall fitness, rather than cramming in tons of running for marathon training.  It's rather refreshing.  It's also given me some time to reflect on what I loved using during marathon training and some of my newest or all time favorites.  

1.  ProCompression.  These socks are nothing short of amazing.  I blog about them all of the time.  I am constantly wearing ProCompression socks because they just feel absolutely amazing.  Yesterday, ProCompression released their December sock - the Ugly Sweater Sock.  Instantly I knew I needed it.  I ordered it without even thinking.  Thank goodness I did because they are sold out.  



Fingers crossed they arrive shortly so I can wear them every single day until Christmas.  If you don't have ProCompression in your life.  You need to!  Check out their website and sign up the monthly email.  You'll get a Sock of The Month email each month with a sweet discount.  

2.  Spandits.  No brainer.  I've been in love with Spandits for years.  Perhaps I have a woman crush on the owners as well.  They are nothing shy of amazing.  And their products?   The best.  I just purchased two pairs of the Fowl Play thermals - one for my daughter and one for my niece.  I cannot wait to see these girls sporting their newest Spandits..be ready for a picture (or two or three) with all of us wearing our thermals!  (PS there is still time to order!  Use SPANDITSLOVE for 10% off and tell them Jen B sent you!)



3.  SaltStick.  The more I run, the more I figure out how electrolytes affect my performance.  I hydrate all of the time, but it's not enough.  I tried the SaltStick capsules earlier this year and I loved them.  I just didn't like swallowing a pill while running.  I did it, because the outcome was favorable.  But it wasn't fun.



SaltStick sent me their newest product ---   FASTCHEWS.  Oh my.  Amazing.  They provide you with the same results, but dissolve so much easier.   Yep!   

Fun Fact: For those of you who live in the U.S., you can purchase Fastchews directly from SaltStick's online store. Check it out at shopsaltstick.com!




When I was running the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, I tucked a few of these into my handheld.  I felt some cramping coming non and took one.  Instant relief.  Note, I tried them while marathon training as well.  Never, ever try something new marathon day!



SaltStick sent me 2 extra rolls of the Fastchews that I get to giveaway!   Lucky you!  Enter through the Rafflecopter below:




The details:
*Entrants must be 18 years of age or older
*Enter below through Rafflecopter.
*Giveaway begins today, 12/4/15 and ends 12/12/15.
*I will email the winner randomly chosen through Rafflecopter.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. 








disclaimer: I was sent SaltStick product to review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

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