Friday, September 5, 2014

Amrap Review and giveaway

Looking for a new way to refuel after your workout, but worried about it not being healthy for you. AMRAP has come up with a solution. Their new bars are 100% Paleo, gluten-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and unprocessed. Real whole foods are their priority! Their mission statement says it all - 

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

I had the privilege to review three of their bars. Cashew and vanilla, almond and honey, and fig and cacao. I was a little nervous, because sometimes protein bars tend to bother my stomach, and don't taste that great. With these having 15 grams of protein, that could've easily been a reality, but not the case. These bars tasted extremely yummy and I didn't suffer any tummy aches after eating them. I have to say that while they all tasted great, the cashew and vanilla bar was my favorite. It was a great breakfast after my long runs, and it definitely satisfied my hunger. I am definitely going to keep some of these in my house for when I want a quick meal.  Because vanilla was my favorite, I'm sharing its nutritional value, though the other two are very similar. 

Now onto the good news for all my readers, AMRAP is giving 8-packs of their bars in the flavor of your choice to not 1, but 3 of my readers. And on top of that they are also holding their on giveaway over on their page. Make sure you check them out, and enter!! You can't win if you don't play!

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This review was made possible by AMRAP nutrition. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given 3 bars for my time and effort on this campaign.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Block Island Organics Review

I had the opportunity to try Block Island Organics sunscreen over the past couple of weeks. Block Island uses high quality ingredients, while keeping the price affordable. Their sunscreens are non-toxic mineral based (zinc and titanium), as opposed to chemical based, and include a Baby SPF 30 (this product is zinc only), an SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 40 product.  Our products are non-comedogenic, vegan formulated, paraben free, phthalate free, nano particle free, artificial fragrance free, non-eye irritating, not tested on animals, made in the USA and highly rated by the Environmental Working Group. This is a small, family run company that believe in providing their consumers with high quality products. 

Now that we've gone over ingredients, let me tell you what you really are here to learn. What did I think of it? I have tried other mineral based sunscreens, and while they worked fine, they didn't spread well, and I looked like the white monster. Block Island blends well into the skin and it also protects well. They recommend reapplying every 45 minutes, but I went 4 hours while sweating when we were ziplining, and I did not burn at all. Also, I have sensitive skin, and had no irritations whatsoever after using it multiple times over the last few weeks. I definitely give this sunscreen an A+. 

Now I have some good news for my readers. Block Island has allowed me to offer you all a 20 % off discount code. Head over to their website and use the code pamg to receive your discount. Also, while you're at it, check out their facebook page and twitter page

This review was made possible by Block Island Organics. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given a bottle of sunscreen for my time and effort on this campaign.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mamavation Monday - weekly recap

I apologize to all my readers because I have been slacking on my postings lately. I hope to get back on track now. Well, I kind of slacked with my working out this past week, because I was getting us ready to go camping and to the NASCAR races in Daytona. I did do Turbo Fire HIIT 15 on Monday, and a virtual 5K on Tuesday. The weekend was spent walking tons, and swimming :)

Mamavation TV tonight is going to be awesome. They are talking about strength training for women which is such an integral part of working out and losing weight. I cannot wait! I invite you all to come watch and interact with us. I can definitely promise you that you will have a good time and come out with a wealth of knowledge. Check it out here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Race Ragz Review and Giveaway

Last month, thanks to my friend Jenny over at Jenny Hodges is Metamorfit, I got the opportunity to order a tech shirt from Race Ragz. The process was so super easy, the hardest part was picking a shirt from all the awesome ones on the site. The really cool thing is that if you don't want any of the ones that are on the site, you can design your own, too. Another plus for them was how quick it shipped. I had my shirt within a matter of days. The price of the shirts is comparable to other places.

Now that I've told you how much I love the website, let me tell you about the shirt I picked. I chose the women's active tech tee. I absolutely love it. It's lightweight, high quality and has stood up to the multiple times I have worn it to work out within the past month. In fact, it has actually become my go to workout shirt because of how lightweight it feels. Sorry for the blurry pic, it didn't look blurry on my phone :( You can see my exact design here.

Now for the great news for you all. You get a chance to win one of these awesome shirts.

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This review was made possible by RaceRagz. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given an athletic tech shirt for my time and effort on this campaign.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mamavation Monday - weekly recap

Happy Monday!!! I'm very excited today for 2 reasons. The first, after a long worthwhile wait, I was finally matched with my buddy. What does that mean? Well, he will be my motivator for running, and fitness and I will be doing it for him. It's so exciting!!! If you are interested, you can sign up here. Second, I just finished the #2weekchallenge and I am down 2.5 lbs, and an inch each on my waist, hips and thighs. This was the kickstart I needed and I hope the weight continues to drop :)  Ok, so here's my recap for last week -

Monday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, 15 mins bike
Tuesday - #2weekchallenge, 4 mile run
Wednesday - #2weekchallenge which was a 30 min walk
Thursday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, 3.26 mile run
Friday - #2weekchallenge
Saturday - 1 hr basketball with my youngest, bowling
Sunday - Mamavation virtual 5k, bowling

I worked really hard on portion control, but I need to change up a little of what I eat :) So my goals for next week are still portion control, and better eating. Here's my exercise plan -

Monday - circuit training, 15 mins bike or elliptical
Tuesday - 3-4 mile run
Wednesday - not sure yet, maybe a DVD program
Thursday - circuit training, run
Friday - another DVD program?
Saturday/Sunday - run/rest

I'm sure there will be some basketball and bowling mixed in there :) In a week or 2, I am going to repeat the #2weekchallenge on my own. I think it's something extra my body needs to do monthly.

Tonight on Mamavation TV, we are discussing strengthening your core, an area I definitely need to work on. :) As always, it's at 9 pm EST on our google hangout. Come check it out with me!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mamavation Monday weekly recap :)

Happy Monday!! Last week was an awesome week.... the scale finally started moving and I lost 1.6 lbs. I'm so excited, and hope that this downward trend continues. I can't help but think adding the #2weekchallenge in helped with that. Who else is doing the challenge with me? Are you loving it??

Ok, so here's my weekly recap -

Monday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, 15 mins bike
Tuesday - #2weekchallenge, 3.5 mile run
Wednesday - #2weekchallenge (30 min walk), bowling
Thursday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, 5 min elliptical, 2.76 mile run
Friday - #2weekchallenge
Saturday - #2weekchallenge (30 mins basketball), 2 hr walk
Sunday - rest day for challenge, 30 min basketball, bowling

I worked really hard with my portion control and water intake, and I think I did really well with that. I need to stay on track there. Here's my plan for this week -

Monday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, 15 mins elliptical or bike
Tuesday - #2weekchallenge, run
Wednesday - #2weekchallenge
Thursday - #2weekchallenge, circuit training, run
Friday - #2weekchallenge
Saturday/Sunday - #2weekchallenge which is a virtual 5K

I'm really excited about Mamavation TV tonight as we will be discussing on how to use essential oils to clean. I'm trying to change over all my cleaning supplies to natural cleaners rather than harsh chemicals so this will be really interesting to me. Come check it out tonight here.  It starts at 9pm EST.