Monday, June 15, 2015

Staying Active with Advil® PM

Staying active is one of the most important things to me. Whether it be running or kayaking with my husband, we are always doing something. For a couple of years now we have wanted to register for our first half marathon TOGETHER. We've done them separately so we wanted to do one together as a couple for once. This morning I finally bit the bullet and registered us both for another Rock & Roll Half Marathon!

Remember when I ran my first half marathon? It was by far one of my favorite experiences and memories. I remember running down the streets of Savannah and was so proud when I PR'd my 5k and then again when I kept going the last mile not wanting to stop. I also remember the tremendous amount of pain I was in when it hit me that I had received my medal and met up with the group I was with afterwards. That pain was excruciating, kept me awake that night and made me beyond grumpy. Now as I look back to that moment, I really wish I had discovered Advil® PM,. Fast forward to 2015 and I'm constantly on the go with a full time job, full time school, and a full time mom. Headaches and body aches run rampant for this mama. I have so much going on all at once sometimes that I can't seem to stay asleep at night because either a headache keeps me awake for hours or some other part of my body, like my elbows.

I can't tell you how many nights I've slept for maybe only 3 hours due to aches. And if you're a mom then you know how important it is for everyone's sanity and safety that you get more than 3 hours of sleep. If only Advil® PM came out a lot earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of sleepless nights.

Did you know that Advil® PM contains the unsurpassed pain relief of Advil® plus a non-habit forming sleep aid? It has been perfect for those nights that leg day falls on.

Advil® PM keeps aches and pains out of your night and helps you get the healing rest you need. That’s because it’s specially designed for nighttime pain, combining the unsurpassed pain relief of Advil® plus a non-habit forming sleep aid to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spartan Race Memorial Day

I always love sharing these posts with you because I am so excited to join in next year. I think it's an awesome challenge! One that I'll be proud of for sure!

If you're wanting to join in and challenge yourself, right now you can use the code 'MEMORIAL' to get up to 40% off your registration! How awesome is that?!

Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do, and everyone should try. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

Not sure you are ready to run a Spartan Race? It’s ok we have everything you need to get you ready: Spartan SGX training, workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities all over the country. Spartan Race is not only the worlds best obstacle race (period), but can be a complete lifestyle overhaul.So even if you’ve tried a trail race, mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race it’s time to try a Spartan Race. Unlike other obstacle races we offer something for everyone. So sign-up, gear-up and find out why we say…You’ll know at the finish line.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ginnybakes: certified gluten-free, non-gmo, and organic treats

It's so hard for me to find really, really good gluten free treats that don't taste like chalk and that aren't gritty. So when I was given the opportunity to try out some ginnybakes treats I jumped all over it. 

Here is a little information about Ginny Bakes.

founded in 2010 by ginny simon, ginnybakes is the realization of a dream. combining ginny’s passion for nutrition, active living and baking, our products are a natural expression of her dedication to leading healthy, balanced lives.
we are ginnybakes. indulge mindfully. 
 our mission is to create outrageously delicious and nutritious organic, gluten-free, non-gmo treats the whole family can enjoy. for us, wellness is more than a term, it’s a way of life, a belief system, and a standard to which we hold ourselves accountable. that’s why ginnybakes ingredients are sourced with the utmost care and concern for what goes in to your body. after all, it is a beautiful machine, and we’ll do our part to make sure it only gets the good stuff.

ginnybakes is certified gluten free, organic, non gmo cookies and barsBeing gluten-free is the most important factor since we are a gluten free household. The fact that these snacks taste amazing and just like "real" cookies is wonderful! Kinsley loves the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss cookies. She inhaled many of them. lol

My absolute favorite cookie in the bunch? Butter Crisp. If the entire shipment was just filled with these cookies alone, I would have been happy. Picture your favorite sugar cookie and shortbread all in one and you'll have the Butter Crisp. I'm practically drooling just writing about them.

Everything is handmade and they are also certified kosher! I love that!

You know when you try something so good and you're just absolutely certain you'll never be able to find it anywhere ever again? Well luckily that's not the case! They are in stores all over and I'm thrilled to have found them in my local Whole Foods, that I already shop at. Hello more Butter Crisps!

In the box also came brownie mix and chocolate chip cookie mix. Kinsley and I have a date night every week where we do something she chooses to do, and this week it was bake brownies together! We made the ginnybakes brownie mix and they were delicious! Better than any other gluten free brownie I've ever had. Super moist and fluffy with a surprise chocolate chip or two! They were gone in about two days. Oops.

You should definitely check ginnybakes out and follow her along on Twitter and Instagram! You'll probably end up wanting to lick your computer or phone screen, so I apologize in advance.

this post was sponsored by ginnybakes. I received delicious cookies from ginnybakes for sharing my opinion. My opinions are my own and in no way influenced by ginnybakes or anyone else. Seriously, run out and get you some!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weird Florida Laws

This month I'll be joining The Artcademy in her March Blog Challenge. Today's prompt is :
Share a fun fact about your state. It could be a weird law, an event that happens or silly fact.

This is going to be a good one. Florida alone is already weird so I can only imagine what ridiculous laws we have. ha! 

  • Doors of all public buildings must open outwards. I prefer the doors that I can push open. Because I'm lazy.
  • It is considered an offense to shower naked. This one baffles me because 9 possibly 10 months out of the year the majority of our population here is naked in PUBLIC. Or almost naked.
  • One must not break more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers per day. This is REAL y'all. So real. lol!
  • It is illegal to sing in a public place while dressed in a bathing suit. Again with the whole "majority of Florida being half naked" thing. So don't go busting out any Glee reenactments while you're here.
  • If an elephant is tied to a parking meter, the person who tied it there must pay the parking meter as if the elephant were a motor vehicle. So if you're planning on visiting Florida, please leave your elephants at home.
  • Men may not be seen in public in any sort of strapless gownFor those who are disappointed by this blatant example of discrimination, it is important to remember that the key word is “strapless.” The cap sleeve, halter, and spaghetti strap options are still perfectly legal.
  • In Daytona, it is illegal to molest a trash can. Please DO NOT molest a trash can. Nothing good can come from that. Also, you should probably stop drinking at this point and switch to water.
Aren't these hysterical? What weird laws do you know of in your state? PLEASE share! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bend the Rules: What Inspires You

In the midst of planning my daughter Kinsley's, 4th Birthday party, I have the opportunity to also share with you the awesomeness that is the "All About that Bass" Tour. Kins is a huge fan of Meghan Trainor and her hit song, "All About That Bass". It's on constant replay in the car and she sings it all.the.time at home. Really. All.the.time.

So while my daughter turns four and in sharing Meghan Trainor's new tour, I'm going to be sharing with you four things that inspire me to get my creative writing going when I hit the dreaded Bloggers writing block.

Writing a blog is hard work. It's especially hard when you're super busy with life and have a hard time focusing on your next topic. I've found that there a few constant things that always bring inspiration to me and give me what I need for great content.

1. Sunshine. I love, love, love natural light. I love windows and I love sunny days. When I find myself drawing a blank I know that as soon as I walk outside for a little stroll or sit by the window in the sunshine, I will always find something to write about it. It's almost automatic. The next time you're struggling to find content, walk outside and just listen to your surroundings.

2. Read other blogs. Sometimes other people's content will inspire your own content. Even if it's not remotely related, I can always find a trigger from another post. Something specific may remind you of something else and it snowballs from there. I get some of my best posts from reading others and being inspired. Remember copyright rules and laws though. Copying someone else's work is a no-no and it's not cool.

3. Pinterest. This goes in the same category as reading other blogs, however, sometimes I don't have time to read posts. Pinterest is a quick solution to finding something to blog about. There's thousands of ideas just waiting to be pinned. Make a board for blogging, ideas, inspiration, etc to always have something at hand when you're in a rut.

4. Run. I have nothing to do while running but to think. And possibly avoid getting hit by a vehicle. This is a great time to gather your thoughts and focus on what you could turn into a post. Running helps clear my head and let's me see things in a new light. When you're brain isn't jumbled neither is your writing. If running isn't your thing, any kind of physical activity works the same. Get up and get moving.

This post was inspired by the four ways you can use the new HP Pavilion x360. There are four modes which include the laptop, stand, tent, and my favorite, the tablet.

What I like best about the HP Pavilion x350 is that it's so versatile and easy to take with you. For a mom on the go, HP has made it easy to work (or play!) where ever you go. If you're someone who loves to listen to music then this is also the laptop for you. Equipped with Beats Audio, you get a crisp and clear listening experience.

I switch between laptop and tablet mode the most. Tablet mode makes it easy to pin and read while laptop mode makes it easy to do homework and blog!

In the spirit of bending the rules, HP has partnered with Meghan Trainor to document her first-ever tour with "All About That Bass Tour," a six episode documentary of the "That Bass" Tour. In each episode, HP will offer a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes--focusing on everything from tour life to the tour's costumes.

I think it's great that some of my personal favorite viners are featured as well! 

What inspires you to get past your writers block and create fun content? 

This #bendtherules moment has been created in partnership with HP. This is a sponsored post and I was given an HP Pavilion x360 & compensated for participating. All opinions in this post are honest and my own. HP had no say in what was posted in this #bendtherules post.