Freshly Picked Review and Giveaway

Hi friends! I have a GREAT giveaway today for those with wee ones. So I know Emma Kate can’t walk yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have adorable little moccasins! Freshly Picked is having me not only review these on my site, but I will be giving a pair away as well!

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Emma Kate was way more excited about the cute packaging than the shoes themselves.

If I have to pick my favorite thing about Freshly Picked, It would be that they have SO many colors to choose from. I had a really hard time deciding! The baby wears a ton of pink so I thought these adorable neon pink ones fit her perfectly.

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I also ordered them a size bigger than needed so she could wear them for longer.

If I hadn’t gone with the pink, my next choice would have been Heirloom in cream and gold or the birch ones.

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The moccasins are made of genuine leather, and have elastic at the opening making them easy to get on squirmy babies, and stay on them! I also love that these items are made right here in the USA. You may have heard of them before from the ABC hit show Shark Tank, as well.

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I love how cute they are and can’t wait to add to EK’s collection soon!

Who wants to win a free pair of baby moccasins? Simply follow the Rafflecoptor instructions below.

*Please note if you have won a giveaway or a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the past 60 days you are not eligible to win. US addresses only.

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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Giveaway

As a new mom, I drink a fair bit of coffee (and wine) to keep my sanity. This is good for me mentally, but not so good for my teeth. When Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their teeth whitening kit, I was really excited, especially since I couldn’t whiten my teeth while I was pregnant.

They mailed me the kit right away, and I was to make a mold of my top and bottom teeth to send off to have my custom trays made.

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The directions were very easy to follow and the whole thing took about ten minutes. Getting custom fitted trays made really adds to how well the treatments work!

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They even sent me back my molds (which they don’t typically do) just so I could show yall how much work and precision goes into making your custom trays.

 

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I used the trays about 8-9 times (you use until you stop noticing a difference) and my teeth are definitely whiter than they were before! Please note that the kit is designed to remove surface stains to restore your teeth to their natural color. It doesn’t actually bleach your teeth. You can continue to use the product once a month for maintenance. Everyone has a natural tooth color, but stains over time cause the teeth to turn more yellow. This product helps remove those pesky stains to restore your natural smile.

I put the trays in for 45 minutes – one hour each time, and hardly noticed they were there. Well worth the effort if you ask me!

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After:

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This picture was after drinking coffee…and they are still whiter!

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***How would you like to win $139.95 in store credit which is equal to the Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the Teeth whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes? All you have to do is enter here. It’s really easy and takes about ten seconds.

Additionally, my readers can get 5% off the entire product list at Smile Brilliant. Just use coupon code “lookingglass5” when you checkout through this link. This discount is good through February 28!

QOTD: Have you ever used teeth whitening products before? Did they work?

2014 Christmas Gift Guide for Runners

It’s almost Christmas! I can’t believe how fast this holiday season is flying by. If you are like me, you haven’t finished all of your shopping left. Maybe you have a runner to buy for and aren’t sure what to give them. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite products in hopes that it helps you in your gift search!

2014 Christmas Gift Guide for Runners:

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1.) KT Tape

I have been using KT Tape for a few years, and it has really helped me to be able to run while dealing with minor aches and pains. I struggle with knee problems a good bit, and when I wear KT Tape, I can pretty much run pain free* so I am super thankful for this product! It’s a great stocking stuffer.

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2.) Workout apparel from Fabletics

This is my second time getting apparel from Fabletics, and I am REALLY happy with this outfit! Here I am wearing the Heather Grey Long sleeve and the Salar capri. The capri’s are thick and sturdy with a really fun print at the bottom, I love the fabric. I am really impressed with the top, too. I usually struggle with long sleeve tops being to short in arm length, but this one fit perfect and is a soft snuggly material with a really flattering neckline. I ran in this outfit yesterday and everything stayed in place with no rubbing, chafing, riding up or falling down. I would also feel comfortable wearing this out to the store as well.

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I am aware this is a very dorky pose, but I wanted to show the arm sleeve length!

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3.) Clothes from Janji

Janji is a great company that does a lot of good for the world! When you purchase clothing from their site, money goes to different people in other parts of the world who are not as fortunate as us to have clean drinking water. For example, the blue long sleeve shirt in the second picture, if you purchase it, a person in Peru will get four months of clean drinking water. How awesome it that? Both shirts are made of a very soft thin material that is very comfortable. I have been sleeping in the long sleeve top on cold nights! Janji makes clothing for men and women, and they are great for workouts and include a wicking fabric. The blue top is 65% polyester, 35% cotton. be sure to go to their site to read about their story.

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4.) BIC bands

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a lot of hair. I cannot stand for the wind to blow my hair in my face/eyes, especially when I am running. These headbands have become a near daily essential for me, and there are some adorable colors and prints! BIC bands also gives to a different charity every month from the sale of their bands.

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5.) Gone for a RUN medal hanger display

Every runner should be proud of their race achievements, and have somewhere to display all of their shiny, well deserved bling. I have several different medal hangers, but I must say I love the color options and prints available at Gone for a RUN. There are a ton of options to customize and personalize your hanger display, go check it out!

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6.) Garmin 15

I was sent this GPS watch to test out back in July, and I prefer it to my Garmin 10 for a few reasons. I really like the step counter option, and the battery life is much longer. It’s small enough to wear every day but simple enough that you don’t have to be a tech geek to figure out. I want to gift my husband a watch from https://www.rusticlub.com/, he doesn’t really like the tech advanced stuff out there so a wooden watch should be his cup of tea.

 

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7.) Runner’s World Subscription

I have had a subscription to Runner’s World magazine for years, and it all started with a gift subscription for Christmas! This makes a great stocking stuffer, just make sure the runner you are buying for doesn’t already subscribe. :0)

8.) Running Skirts.com compression socks

If you know me at all you know I am a huge fan of Running Skirts and even used to work for them. One of my favorite items of theirs is the selection of compression socks. I wear them during and after races, and I can really feel a difference in my legs when I do so. I don’t get nearly as sore, and if I am sore, it goes away much more quickly in these comfy and cute socks. (Use code SKIRTSASS at checkout for 15% off your order!)

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9.) iTunes Giftcard

Most runners love to listen to music when we run, and the same songs can get really boring over and over again on long training runs. An iTunes giftcard would be a great stocking stuffer!

10.) Race entry

This is THE ultimate gift. Most runners love to race, so gifting an entry fee to a race is a great gift! Between all the clothing and gear, expensive race entry fees can add up, making runners have to plan out their race calendar very carefully. My two favorite race series? runDisney and Rock ‘n’ Roll. I will be running the runDisney Princess half in February, but first I will be making my comeback with the Run Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans half marathon in January. I cannot wait to get back out there! If you want to buy for a runner and they aren’t ready to run a half, that’s ok, you can gift them entry into a 5k or 10k! (If you use code LOOKINGGLASS at checkout you will get $10 off the entry into the half or full marathon, and LOOKINGGLASS10K gets you $5 off entry into the 10k for Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans.)

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QOTD: Which of these gift ideas would YOU most like to receive? Anything else on your list I didn’t mention?

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

I have heard a lot about the brand Lorna Jane in the past few months, but had never owned any of their clothes myself. I can now tell you that I see what all of the buzz is about! I received a top and pair of tights/pants, and I am in love! The clothes are really well made and super comfortable.

Lorna Jane releases 70-100 new styles PER MONTH so there are always adorable new clothes to buy. Not only are there a plethora of outfits to choose from, but their outfits are very fashion forward. I would gladly wear their clothing line out and about and not just at the gym. Everything is so versatile! They have stores in CA, WA, OR, AZ, TX, NV, and are coming to the East Coast in 2015! You can Find your closest store or shop now on lornajane.com

I really think everyone should try them out, and so I thought it would be fun to share five items that I think should be on your wish list.

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane:

1.) Move Nourish Believe diary: (pictured below) Yall, this thing is awesome. I am such a planner, and for some reason I really like paper planners and have never liked having an online calendar. There is just something about writing things down on paper that helps me stay organized. Every year I am on the hunt for the perfect planner, and I think I have found one!

Not only does it have a monthly calendar and space to write in things week by week, but it has tons of motivation and inspiration like recipes, challenges to help you move, and more. I can’t wait to fill mine out!

2.) Felix hooded top: (pictured below) This top is really comfortable and keeps me warm! I especially love the hood and the pocket in front to stash my cell phone or keys. It has a waffle type patterned feel, and fits really well (I am wearing a medium). It’s great for workouts but also stylish enough to wear around town.

3.) Amy full length tights: (pictured below) Oh, how I love these, let me count the ways. These have become my favorite running tights for cold weather. These babies are so soft and really flattering. I’m still carrying around a few post pregnancy pounds but I feel confident in these tights. They are made of a great performance fabric that wicks sweat and helps keep you dry.

4.) Eccentric sports bra: Not only is this sports bra adorable, but it’s functional. It’s designed for maximum support and high impact sports. It also has removable padding and adjustable straps which is a must for me. I don’t own this product (yet haha) but it definitely belongs on my list.

5.) Dreamer Tank: I love the look of this tank top! I am all about flowy tops while I’m trying to get back into shape. It also doesn’t hurt that I love the saying on it (front and back!) It’s made from a lightweight fabric and has a very flattering neckline.

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Have you ever visited the Move Nourish Believe website? It is a great holiday resource on so many things. It has great “go to” articles to help you get through the holidays: think recipes, workout items to keep you in shape while eating all those yummy holiday meals, etc.

Some of my favorite articles are the fitness related ones, like this one about 5 ways to exercise when you are really busy, and the one that talks about misunderstood fitness secrets.

Be sure to follow Lorna Jane on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

QOTD: Do you like any of the 5 items I have picked for my holiday must have list? Is there anything you would add?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

BIC Bands Giveaway

In honor of BIC Bands announcing their new ambassadors, they decided to host a big fun giveaway! They will be giving away $20 in BIC Bands store credit to 13 (number of ambassadors) lucky winners!

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Wearing my first (and favorite) BIC Band when I raised money in honor of my mom for Team in Training.

There are two ways to enter:

No purchase necessary to enter.

-reply/leave a comment on one of our Ambassadors Blog posts (like mine, please comment below) with your favorite BIC Band (1 entry)
-Tweet or Instagram a pic of your best BIC Chick moment with ‪#‎bicchick‬and tag us too @bicbands! (Can tweet/instagram 1x/day, each post is good for 2 entries. You can tag me, too so I can follow along! @HeathersLG)

Contest open 5-22-14 through 6-1-14. Winners will be announced 6-4-14. Email [email protected] with any questions!

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Did you know you can save 10% on your order by entering code HEATHERBIC at checkout?

I am so excited to be a part of such a great company that gives back to charity, it’s such a cool thing to me and I am honored to join these other lovely ladies!

Disney Inspired Race Day Bag Giveaway

I am having a Thirty-One Blog Party and you all are invited! It doesn’t matter where you live. Disney and Thirty-One are a perfect match! From Park bags, travel bags to race day bags there is something for the whole family.

What is Thirty-One? They specialize in monogrammed bags, organizers, totes, etc. I love to be organized (and travel) so their stuff is perfect!

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There are lots of cute race bag ideas my Thirty-One Consultant Daniella has provided. Even better Daniella gave me a Thirty-One Cinch Sack that I am giving away! A lucky winner will get a Thirty-One Cinch Sac with your choice of color and personalization for  your next race or Disney vacation.

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There are so many options with lots of colors/patterns to choose from and personalization choices for the different Disney Races. Here are a few approved race bag ideas to get on your personalized Disney Thirty-One bags.

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Disney Races DopeyWDW 48.6

(purple bag, white Icon-it Stars, lime Green letters)

Goofy

WDW 39.3

(Orange cinch sac, lime green Icon-it Stars, Black letters)

Mickey

WDW 26.2

(Black cinch sac, Red Icon-it Stars, golden yellow letters)

Donald

WDW 13.1

(Royal Blue cinch sac, Golden Yellow Icon-it Stars, white letters)

Minnie

WDW 10K

(Red cinch sac, White Icon-it Blossom, Golden yellow letters)

Fun Run

WDW 5K

(Red cinch sac, Yellow Icon-It Stars, Black letters)

W & D

WDW 13.1

(Spirit grey cinch sac Platinum Icon-it stars, maroon letters

Princess

WDW 13.1 (Half)

Purple Cinch Sac, platinum Icon-It Tiara, Powder Pink letters

Disney Theme Personalization Love the MouseI’m all Ears

Goofin Around

WDW Girl

I Love Mickey

When you wish…

Wish Upon a Star

Boo to You

Princess in Training

Believe in Magic

You can place your order online using this link. From October 17st -25th :

Here is the link to the party:

Event Home:
http://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E3866906&from=DIRECTLINK
Event Shopping:
http://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E3866906&from=DIRECTLINK

 

Come join my Facebook Party Event to see the latest news, customer specials and ideas and maybe more giveaways! Remember, Christmas is NOT THAT FAR AWAY and these bags make great gifts!

If you see something you like you can purchase here directly from my party!

Want to see the catalog? Check it out! My party runs from October 17-25th, so get your order in if you see something you like!

How to enter the giveaway for the personalized cinch sack:

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Raw Threads Review & Giveaway

Good morning! I am officially home from California! I had an amazing time and cannot wait to share with you. I will be writing my meet up and race recaps at the beginning of next week, so be on the lookout. However, the lovely ladies behind Raw Threads reached out to me about doing a giveaway, so I thought it would be a fun way to start my posting back off now that I am home!

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(also, a HUGE HUGE thank you to all my awesome guest posters from the past week. They wrote some amazing stuff, be sure to go back and read if you missed any of them!)

I’m jumping all over the place here, so let’s get back to Raw Threads Athletics. I love this company. I get to see them all the time at expos, and their clothes are so, so adorable. Not only adorable, but comfy! I wore the Belle shirt around Disneyland the other day and it was super soft and I got lots of compliments. I didn’t feel too hot or heavy in it either. Score!

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Here are some stats on the clothes:

Core Benefits
Stay comfortable, push harder

Flexible and Soft
-flex-fiv performance fabric drapes like silk and feels like cashmere, making you feel as though you’re wearing nothing at all. (<—-It really does!)
-Dry Workouts
flex-fiv performance fabric naturally draws perspiration from the skin and wicks moisture to keep you dry.
UV Protection
-flex-fiv performance fabric naturally protects you from the sun’s harmful rays and retains little heat.
No Stink
-flex-fiv performance fabric naturally remains odor free. (One of my favorite features!)

When I was racing the Dumbo Double Dare, I saw so, so many ladies sporting the adorable Fly 19.3 shirts, and I know several of you were probably wishing you had bought one a the expo, so now here is your chance to WIN one! You can choose from the red tank, or the red or pink v neck. All cute.

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Luv Footwear Giveaway

 

I was contacted by the folks at Luv Footwear to review and giveaway a pair of their new Dream flats.

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Dream flats are a revolutionized ballerina flat that fuses artistic expression with anatomical performance. These shoes come in a variety of colors and patterns, are super comfy, and cute!

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LUV Footwear releases collectable, limited edition Dream Flats seasonally, each with its own fun, cute, and beautiful personality.

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Here are some facts on the shoes:

· Extremely light and flexible

· Machine washable

· Waterproof, and they float

· Anatomically shaped and supportive insole

· Protective toe cap

· Collectible, colorful designs released seasonally

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Also, youth and toddle sizes are available. I think my favorite thing about these shoes is the ability to wash them. I have had a lot of this style of shoe in the past, and they can get very dirty, especially the lighter colors. I didn’t hesitate to order a light color this time because I knew they could be thrown in the washing machine!

They do run small, so I suggest sizing up if you order a pair. There are so many cute patterns I wasn’t sure which to try, but I knew these would go with the most items in my closet. These would be great as a runner to have in your bag check and slip on after a race as you walk around, instead of flip flops. I think I will try it at my next one.

The Luv Footwear folks are allowing me to give away a pair of Dream Flats on my blog, follow the instructions below to enter!

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Beat the Heat + My Race Ragz Rocks!

 

I was honored to be asked to be the featured blogger in the My Race Ragz newsletter this month. Some of you who already get the newsletter probably saw my face in your inbox yesterday morning, but in case you missed it, you can see the write up here.  By the way, if you would like to sign up for the monthly newsletter, it’s so easy, just go here and enter in a bit of information!

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In my little interview, I was asked about ways to heat the heat during summer running. This is so appropriate being I live one of the hottest, most humid parts of the country so I kind of have these tips mastered! Here are the tips I gave:

Tips for staying safe while running in the summer / heat.

Running in the heat is no joke, and it is important to stay safe and pay attention to the weather. My best tips for running in the heat include:

  1. Run early in the morning or late at night to avoid the hottest and sunniest parts of the day.
  2. Hydrate hydrate hydrate before, during, and after your run.
  3. Slather on the SPF, and I always wear a visor to keep the sun off my face in the summer months.
  4. Put a wet washcloth in the freezer, and then carry it with you on your run to keep you cool
  5. Be sure to replace not only water, but salt and electrolytes. Gatorade, nuun, and coconut water are my favorite go to’s.
  6. Be realistic. Your pace is going to drop, and that’s ok! Have realistic goals for your summer runs
  7. Most importantly, listen to your body. If you get dizzy or lightheaded, stop running, and find some shade ASAP. Better to be safe than sorry!

I was also asked about some races I am running this fall and my goals for them:

Meet Heather from Running With Sass.  She’s an avid runner and now a My Race Ragz sportin’ fashionista. 

Here’s what we asked Heather:

What are your racing goals for 2012?

I have a couple of race goals for the rest of 2012. I would love to run a sub 2:00 half marathon for one, but I also have a goal of staying injury free. I have struggled with several running injuries that have hampered my ability to reach my goals, so I am trying to take really good care of my body so that doesn’t happen! I also also have a goal of having FUN with every race. Running is a privilege and I don’t want to take it for granted.

What races are you signed up for over the summer / fall?

 

Living in the deep south, there are not many races going on in the summer. I am signed up for the Disneyland half marathon in September, the Gulf coast half marathon in October, and Disney’s Wine and Dine half marathon in November. But my “big race” is goofy’s race and a half challenge in January of 2013! Running a half marathon Saturday and a full on Sunday is so scary to me, but I am excited!

THANKS My Race Ragz for featuring me in your newsletter! (In case anyone missed my review of the awesome shirt I got from them you can check it out here).

QOTD: Do you have any other tips for staying safe while running/beating the heat this summer?

Friday Favorites: Running Skirts Spring/Summer

 

Good morning and happy Friday the 13th! Spooky! I am blogging to you this morning from Louisiana. I came here yesterday to drop my pups off with my parents since we are going to Florida for the half marathon this weekend. I spent the day with my mom, I went and saw The Hunger Games with her, we ordered pizza, and me, mom and dad went and got snowballs for dessert. It was a great visit! Today I am driving back home, and catching up on some work before we got out of town.

If you are running the Disney marathon, I have a room block I am booking from, and will be offering a discounted rate, I can book starting TODAY! Some of you have already contacted me, so if you haven’t be sure to get your spot while you can! E mail me at [email protected]

Most of you know I work for Running Skirts (check out the “Running Skirts” tab above for more info.) The spring/summer line is now out, and it is super cute. If you have yet to try a Running Skirt, no better time like Spring!

I must say my favorite thing about the new line is the mesh limitless performance tank (shown below in mandarin) It has such a flattering fit and is so comfy. The skirt I am wearing isn’t new…but you may recognize it from the cover of Runner’s World!

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Also new for spring, are the regulation length golf skirts. They are super cute and the perfect length for hitting the golf course at your local country club.

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Also, did you know Running Skirts sells mini skirts for little girls? They are adorable! Matching moms and daughters make adorable photos.

I will be wearing a new outfit from the spring/summer line for my half marathon this weekend, so stay tuned for pics!

QOTD: Do you wear the same old running clothes or do you buy news stuff a lot?