PRO Compression Review + Giveaway

It’s summer in the south. It’s hot. I am in my last four weeks of pregnancy. This is a recipe for misery, but mainly for swelling! I have tried to be really careful the past few months with putting my feet up and drinking lots of water, but sometimes you just need a little extra help to make your legs and feet feel extra taken care of!

When PRO Compression contacted me about doing a review and giveaway, I was happy to oblige as my poor legs need the support right now!


As a runner, I am no stranger to compression socks. I wear them during a lot of my runs, and most importantly to recover with after all long runs. These socks can help speed up your recovery time, and improve your blood flow. Plus, they just feel really good on my legs and feet. I can feel a difference once I put them on, aahhhh!


They have graduated compression that promotes circulation. The compression pushes fluid up from your feet and ankles, through your legs out past the socks towards your knees (which is what reduces the swelling).


I had a hard time choosing between the pink argyle I got and these awesome purple ones!

Something else I love is that these socks are designed and manufactured in the USA! Not to mention, they are always coming out with cute new designs and colors!


PRO Compression has a way for you to get your marathon socks or sleeves at 40% off! Yes, what a steal I agree. Stock up for the fall racing season! Simply enter code BLG14 at checkout!

Would you like to win a pair of of the marathon socks or sleeves? Check out the widget below to see how to enter!

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Disclosure: I was provided product for this review form PRO compression, however all opinions are my own.

Gone for a RUN Pillow Review and Giveaway

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is having a good day. I am working and Bobby is at work which is a bummer, but it is what it is!

As a Gone for a RUN ambassador, I was asked to do another product review, and offer a $20 gift card giveaway to my readers! Read on for info!

I was sent this super cute pillow by Gone for a RUN, I chose it because I actually already have a couple of aqua chevron throw pillows already and so it matches my living room!

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If chevron, aqua, or 13.1 isn’t your thing, there are a TON of other options available, so be sure to check out the pages of pillows! The pillow has a zip up removable cover for easy cleaning and care. The image and pattern are also on both sides of the pillow which is nice.

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If you look closely in the chevron/blue part, you can see a little stick figure runner throughout the pattern, it’s really cute but not so bold that it distracts from the pillow and the design.

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The pillow is also a good size and pretty comfortable, but if you wanted to put your own insert in and just use the cover, that would be easy to do as well. Be sure to check out their website for other items as well, they have some really great gifts for the runner or triathlete in your life!

Want to win a $20 Gone for a RUN gift card so you can purchase something from the website for yourself or a friend/family member? Please see the rafflecoptor widget below and follow the instructions to enter. Good luck!

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Show Your #ZeviaStyle Contest

What makes you original? When you think about an “original” piece of art, etc. you automatically know it is a “one of a kind”, that it was the first of it’s kind (and that it is going to cost a LOT of money!) But seriously, we are of course all different, but what is it about you that makes you different from everyone else? That is the question Zevia is asking YOU.

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Zevia is hosting a contest from August 15 – September 5 to find out what makes you an original, and how Zevia can fit into your original style. Every day of the contest, Zevia is giving away cool prizes, including a $100 Target gift card every single day!

For those who don’t know much about Zevia it is “The Smarter Soda” because it has no calories, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and loads of flavors. My favorite is the Cream soda (holy yum) with a close second being Dr. Zevia.

So, I had to really think about their question. I don’t consider myself an out of the box type of person, (actually I am pretty boring!) but, I do have my own voice (hello, blogger for nearly five years!) and I like to do things a certain way. Sometimes that “way” is the way others do things, and sometimes I do things that make me ME. I do go against the grain sometimes, and not for attention or to get people to notice, but simply because it’s what I think is best and right for me, and that makes me an original. Being Pregnant has really made me notice this more than ever. EVERYONE has an opinion on how to do things, what the “right” way is, and how I should be spending my time, handling my pregnancy, and even how I should “plan” my labor (as if that is in my control!)

I have had to learn to stand up for myself and what is best for me and my growing family, even if it isn’t the popular choice amongst healthy living bloggers and the rest of the world, and I AM OK WITH THAT because I am my own original person.


I love that Zevia sent me a tank big enough that I can still fit into it right now!

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This is how my refrigerator looks, and has looked during my whole pregnancy. The ginger ale flavor REALLY helped get me through morning sickness! It has real ginger in it, yes!

Ok, so back to the contest. Head over to Zevia right now and submit your pics for the contest! There is even a gallery you can view for inspiration. When posting pics on social media, be sure to #ZeviaStyle (tag me too, I would love to see!)

Get out there today and be the best version of you that you can be!

QOTD: Favorite Zevia flavor? What makes you an original? Do you OWN any original art?

Virtual Race Entry GIVEAWAY


My blog friend Shannyn is hosting a virtual race, and I am giving away a free entry! It is the first ever virtual Pug run to benefit the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue.

You can participate in the 5k, 10k, or 1 mile option and get the beautiful medal on a ribbon mailed to you. If you want to sign up or donate to the cause, the cost of the race is $27.


If we can save 26.2 pugs, Shannyn’s fiance will run the Chicago Marathon in this singlet.


From Shannyn:

“We want to save 26.2 pugs, for a donation of $7,860.  As my fiancé runs his marathon at the Chicago Marathon, we’d like to dedicate each of his miles (and the .2) to changing the life of one pug and fundraising for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue.

That’s right.  You can support the cause, and run or walk on your home turf between now and October 12th, when Chris runs in a pug singlet (seen above) and you’ll get a shhh-weet unicorn pug diecast medal mailed to your door.

To hit our lofty financial goal, we’d have to have over 375+ participants.  To be able to afford to do bigger medals, we’d need to hit 500 medals to get a better discount and still hit our $7,860 goal.”

Want to win a FREE entry into this virtual run and get your medal for free? I am giving away one entry to a THLG reader! Mandatory entry as seen below in the rafflecoptor widget is you have to SHARE about this run in some way. Either in your own blog post, tweet about it, make a facebook post about it, and LINK THE POST IN A BLOG COMMENT ONT HIS POST or your entry will not count.


Tomorrow I will be back with my weekly pregnancy update, I cannot believe I am 34 weeks today! My goal for this week is to get the car seat installed and maybe even start on getting the crib put together. I think that will make me feel better. I read about these other pregnant women that have everything all together by this point in their pregnancy and it is making me a little panicky. I know I am “behind” because of the move, but I can’t help but feel like my due date is quickly sneaking up on me and I DO NOT feel ready to have a newborn. AAAHHHH! But I still can’t wait to meet her and also get back to feeling like myself again. More on that later.

See the rafflecoptor widget below for instructions on entering the race entry giveaway.

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Balance Bar Summer Shape Up (and giveaway)

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card as part of a sponsored collaboration for the Summer Shape Up Challenge with Balance Bar.

I have tried many different types of bars over the past few years, and have gotten very particular about them. When I was approached by Balance Bar about their summer shape up challenge, I was intrigued, as I had never tried this brand before.

The Balance Bar® Summer Shape-Up Challenge kicked off to help consumers move more, eat healthier and feel great while enjoying summer. The 40-day Challenge was filled with 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips and multiple social media giveaways.


I took my Wal-Mart giftcard and headed off to the store to purchase my product. There were a lot of flavors to choose from, but I ended up settling on cookie dough and yogurt honey peanut. I also decided to try the caramel nut blast as well. My shopping trip was easy and seamless, and I was soon home with my new snacks.

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After trying out the flavors, my favorite is definitely the cookie dough. It has a good flavor, not really chalky, and doesn’t feel like I am eating a bunch of chemicals. There are many other flavors to choose from, so be sure to check out all the products on their website.

About Balance Bar®        

Founded in 1992, Balance Bar®, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bars, offers the right ratio of ingredients and nutrients that are scientifically formulated to help keep you in balance, delivering the nutritional benefits to help you enjoy today while looking after tomorrow. Balance Bars® are available in four unique product lines (Original, Gold, Dark and bare) that offer more than 20 delicious flavors based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – a proven formula developed by scientists to help maintain blood sugar levels already within a normal range and that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and help satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat.

*If you want to try Balance bar energy bars for yourself, the brand has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for one THLG reader to win a $10 Walmart gift card and a variety pack of Balance Bars! Simply follow the Rafflecoptor directions below. Good luck!


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Custom Tutu Giveaway

Lesley from Greater Fitness has made several tutus for me for runDisney races, and has even given back to charity with some of the proceeds, which is how we first met. We are both pregnant and due within days of each other so we won’t be running Disney races anytime soon, but Lesley still wants to outfit you in a tutu for you next race (doesn’t have to be a runDisney race!) But, with the Disneyland half coming up we figrured a lot of runDisney runners are looking for costume ideas. But these tutus are great for cancer walks, mud runs, color vibe runs, or any other races really!

Her tutu’s are comfortable, adorable, and she will work with you to customize it to your size, length, and and other specifications. Shipping is fast and she is such a joy to work with!

Here are a few tutu’s Lesley has made for me:

First, my absolute favorite, last year’s Tower of Terror Cruella tutu.


This year she also made my tutu for the half marathon portion of the Glass slipper challenge when I was Aurora.


Also, for Dopey’s Challenge in January, she made my Dopey and Ariel tutus!



Lesley has agreed to make a CUSTOM tutu for one of you, to your specifications, for your next race! Simply follow the rafflecoptor instructions below for your chance to win, good luck!

*Also, if you contact Lesley to make you a tutu for $25, (baby/kids are $15) and mention you heard about her on my blog, she will ship it to you for FREE!

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CLIF SHOTS Giveaway + Hot Weather Workout Tips

Guess what guys? It’s HOT outside. Especially if you live in the south like me, working out and running outside can be very difficult and even dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions and plan ahead.

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Anyone else look like a tomato after running outside?

Here are a few of my best pointers for warm weather running:

1.) Sunscreen:  no matter if it’s cloudy or not. It’s just not worth the risk guys. Be sure to reapply if you are doing a super long workout!

2.) Go early or late: Try not to wait until the sun is high in the sky, either workout in the morning or late evening to avoid the hottest temps and the suns rays.

3.) Dress appropriately: Sweat wicking materials are best, and a hat or visor makes my face feel a lot cooler when it’s sunny. Sometimes I even bring a small hand towel so I can dry off as I go and wipe my face, etc. Avoid cotton if you can, it just gets soaked and heavy!

4.) Adjust your expectations: Don’t get discouraged if you can’t hit your goal pace. The hotter the weather, the slower you will go, so don’t get discouraged. It will just make you that much stronger in the fall! Plus, you don’t want to push too hard and risk passing out or heat exhaustion.

5.) Hydrate: SUPER IMPORTANT! Not just during your workout, but before and after, too. Recovery drinks are important to replenish your body. You will want to replace electrolytes during and after your workouts. Be sure to do a test run with any new products you try in case your stomach is sensitive to them.

CLIF SHOT wants to make sure you are planning accordingly with your hydration in the heat by offering you a summer supply of CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration and Protein Recovery Drink Mixes!


From the source:

CLIF SHOT continues to deliver streamlined nutrition for athletes with CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix and CLIF SHOT Protein Recovery Drink Mix. These products expand the CLIF SHOT portfolio to provide athletes options for hydration during activity and fast-absorbing protein to aid in post-activity recovery.


CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix is made with 90 percent organic ingredients and is crafted with sodium and other electrolytes, and a multiple source carbohydrate solution to aid in fluid transport, absorption and retention.


CLIF SHOT Protein Recovery Drink Mix is made with 70 percent organic ingredients and is formulated with streamlined ingredients to help the body recovery immediately after activity and prepare for the next workout.

They are being super generous and giving three lucky THLG readers their own summer supply of these products!


They sent me some product as well, and I had a lot of fun testing out the different mixes and flavors. The chocolate protein recovery drink mix is really yummy. It has 10 grams of protein and you just mix it in with water or milk (or a smoothie!) within 30 minutes of your workout. The orange mango flavor is good as well if you prefer a fruity taste. I also really liked the lemon lime-ade electrolyte hydration drink mix to take during your workout. You simply mix a pack into 16 ounces of water and shake, then drink on the run!

Simply follow the rafflecoptor directions before and be entered to win!

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*Disclosure: CLIF SHOTS provided me with product to test out and product to giveaway, however all opinions are my own.

For Two Fitness $100 Gift Card Giveaway

As a For Two Fitness Ambassador, I am notified of occasional deals and giveaways, so wanted YOU to be aware of one! Who wants to win a $100 For Two Fitness gift card?

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One lucky instagrammer will win $100 gift card to For Two Fitness – the very best in maternity activewear.  Simply post this image on your instagram feed along with the tag #fortwofitnessgift and mention @fortwofitness.  Include in your comment the item or items you love the most.  A minimum of 50 reposts will be required to unlock the prize, so share with all of your pregnant friends, and good luck!

I llovveee my For Two Fitness tops, if you can’t tell by the massive amounts of blog and Instagram photos of me wearing them. They are the most comfortable workout tops, and they are super soft as well. Not to mention, they stretch really well as my bump grows! They are by far my favorite maternity item to wear, and I wear them not just to workout (whoops!) Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

Giveaway runs June 23-June 27th, so hurry!


I am still at the beach soaking up the sun and the quiet time, we travel home tomorrow afternoon so I will try to have a pregnancy update on my blog for Thursday if I can. Have a great day everyone!

For Two Fitness Review and Giveaway

The following review and giveaway are sponsored by For Two Fitness®. I was provided with product for this post, however all opinions are my own.


I am sure you have seen me posting pictures of myself in my For Two Fitness® tanks. Yall, I love these shirts, hence why I wear them all. the. time. I am so happy to be an ambassador for them, it’s a product I truly love!

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For Two Fitness® is the premiere maternity fitness apparel brand, offering performance apparel that functions and flatters like nothing else.  The fabrics are soft, moisture wicking, and made of quality material. There are so many colors to choose from, I especially love the eye catching bright ones! Living in the sweaty humid south, these tops have been a lifesaver and keep me cool while I workout outside.

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The side ruching allows for a snug fit but then also stretches with you as your belly grows. I love how long these tanks are. I already have a long torso and was concerned about a top fitting over my bump, but there is still plenty of room! I wore a size small until I was about 18 weeks then switched over to the medium and should be able to wear these the remainder of my pregnancy.

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The racerback style is very flattering and comfortable and also hides my sports bra lines.

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My favorite feature of the tank is of course the writing on the front. Especially for someone in the first half of pregnancy when people are wondering if you are indeed pregnant, having it written right there on your shirt is a nice feature.

For Two Fitness® would love to give away one of their new spring colored tanks to a THLS reader! Please follow the Rafflecoptor instructions below, and good luck!

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Thanks to For Two Fitness for sponsoring this review and giveaway!

Staples iTunes Giftcard Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Staples to be a part of a summer fitness initiative, #StaplesFitClub, and was generously sent some amazing gadgets to test out. These products all work together to make getting fit and recording everything/tracking your goals a cinch, and I am having a blast so far!

The items I was sent include the iPad Mini, the FitBit One, and the FitBit aria scale with wifi. I was so giddy opening up the box, I love electronics, and I love fitness! Staples hit the nail on the head with this amazing combination!

Ok, so let’s talk about each item individually. First, the FitBit One. This little gadget attaches easily to your hip and tracks your steps, mileage, calories burned, and flights of stairs traveled. You can also wear it to bed to monitor your sleep activity which I found super cool. I put it on in the morning and forget it’s there, it’s really a no-fuss product. It really helps me to have mini goals for the day, like walk so many steps or climb so many flights of stairs. Being able to “check in” on myself right on the device during the day helps me to stay on track.


I was also sent by far the coolest scale I have ever seen in my life! The fitbit Aria  has Wi-Fi, yall! It works in conjunction with the FitBit. Once you set up a profile with FitBit, the scale will recognize you when you step on, and tells you your weight, body fat %, and BMI. Them, the information is sent to your FitBit profile (privately) so you can easily keep track of your progress and even set goals for yourself.


Then there is the iPad mini, which rounds out the group and brings it all together. I downloaded the FitBit app from the app store (free) and so when I open my app on my iPad, it shows my profile for how many steps I have walked that day, distance, stairs, etc. as well as my weigh in info form my scale, all together in one place, it’s seamless! The iPad I received has 16GB of space, a 7.9 inch backlit display and a 5MP camera with HD video recording. I will be doing lots of Facetiming with up to ten hours of battery life (that’s a lot of facetime!)

Not to mention I went to the app store and downloaded some fitness apps to my iPad to help me with my fitness goals. There are a ton to choose from, and the iPad and iTunes make it so simple to purchase and download right to your device instantly.


How would you like to win a $25 iTunes giftcard to help you on your fitness journey? Simply follow the rafflecoptor instructions below. Good luck!

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*Disclosure: I was provided these products for free from Staples, however all opinions are my own