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music monday / cassette comeback edition and GIVEAWAY!

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Everything old comes back around, right? It’s true in fashion, and it’s been true in music – not only in style, but also in technology. Cassettes have been popping up at merch tables everywhere over the last few years, with some artists even releasing tape-only exclusives. Even older artists (like my favorites, the Promise Ring), have been re-releasing their catalogs, entire record labels that only release on cassette have popped up, and Cassette Store Day is even a “thing” now. Today I’m sharing not only my favorite tracks that can be played on a boombox, but I also have a great giveaway to share!

Charlie’s Mercantile is an online print shop geared toward puppers and the humans that love them (obviously, I fall into this segment) as well as housewarming prints, but shop owner Amy also offers a few music-related designs. Charlie’s Mercantile wants to inspire you to add some color to your home decor. Each print is inspired by the love of colors and simple shapes and designed in Durham, North Carolina. She sent along one for me to review, and one to give away!

I opted for the pink and green cassette tape patent print. The colors are playful and brighten up our gray walls, and the “let’s mix it up” text is really cute. It’s going to look great on the gallery wall.

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Be sure to follow Amy on Instagram for posts on new prints and designs and tons of cute dogs to brighten your day. Now, onto the jams and the giveaway!

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March 6, 2017

The Color Run / preview + discount

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580613_574873962566653_444842236_n1239746_549350495119000_562121640_nThe Color Run has been an extremely popular race series across the globe, expanding quickly over the last few years. But despite its popularity, I’ve never gotten to do one. What! This is the year that will change when I do the Richmond run this September.

If you’re unfamiliar with what The Color Run is, it’s a run series founded in January 2012 where participants run a 5k, going through four color stations and ending at a big finish party. Runners and walkers are both encouraged to participate wearing all white, untimed, and the company also partners with local non-profit groups to give back.

New to the event this year is the Kaleidoscope Tour:

We’re hitting your cities like never before… Amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag) , Fresh music, and Color crazy race attractions. This is 5K Magic like only The Color Run can do.

The participant gear (which you preview on their website) looks awesome.

In addition to giving me the opportunity to experience the Happiest 5k on the Planet, one lucky winner is also getting free entry into The Color Run. The giveaway runs from May 12-16 and winner will be announced via Twitter and have 24 hours to respond!

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If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, you can register now! Use the promo code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off a registration to ANY city that isn’t sold out. Important: code must be entered at time of registration, cannot be retro-applied. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. Click here to register!

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Disclaimer: I was provided one free entry to The Color Run for myself and one to give away to a reader.

May 12, 2014

Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go {review}

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I discovered Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go wraps when I was having really bad knee problems, looking for a solution that didn’t involve me trying to wrap bags of ice onto myself (you can imagine how cute that was.) Dr. Cool are wraps that you can use frozen or unfrozen for extra support during a workout (or workday, if you have work-related pain.) This video gives a quick introduction:

The wraps only take 20 minutes to freeze, so when I received mine in the mail I tested it immediately, wrapping up my knee and elevating it while I watched USA hockey dominate Russia in the Olympics. Two benefits stuck out to me right away: since the ice was wrapped around and velcroed to me, I could just get up and do whatever I wanted without the production of shifting around ice bags, and the second was that with the wrap, you don’t have to use towels to protect skin from ice burn.

dr. coolAfter trying it on my knee, I also wrapped up my wrist and it was incredible. It’s so hard to ice my tendinitis because I’m not talented enough to balance an ice bag on my wrist, and my Dr. Cool wrap has alleviated so much pain. I use it two or three times a week at work now on my wrist, and as needed post-BodyPUMP on my knee. Like my also-loved KT Tape, the Dr. Cool website offers videos that demonstrate application for common injuries.

I absolutely recommend Dr. Cool to anyone who is stubborn like me and refuses to let pain stop me from a workout. The compression and ice wrap makes it possible to stay active, whether it’s lifting at the gym or going out hiking. They even sell a “Dr. Cooler” which is essentially a cooler to keep the wrap cool if you aren’t going to use it right away. (I’m going to try this out at Nike half and check it in my bag!) More info on the wrap:

Wrap what aches in a Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wrap. Dr. Cool is the ONLY product to combine ice and compression in one flexible wrap. Dr. Cool wraps can be used dry as a compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activities, or frozen to combine cold and compression to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-activity. To use Dr. Cool wraps as a cold compress, simply wet the wrap then roll and freeze it; Coolcore’s patented material will keep the fabric colder, longer.

Be on the lookout for a giveaway featuring Dr. Cool (and many other cool products) soon!

How do you treat injuries, aches and pains?

I was provided a sample for review, but as always, all opinions are my own. But seriously – this is possibly the most life-changing product I have gotten to try! 

March 21, 2014

Taffy Activewear Review & Giveaway!

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Something that I have tried to do, throughout my “blogging career,” is not only empower my plus sized sisters to do things they think they can’t (like run a half marathon!) but I’ve also tried to provide shopping resources. Finding clothes can be frustrating and really hard (especially if, like me, you’re seemingly constantly between straight and plus sizes) and this has been especially true of finding quality workout gear.

A few weeks ago, Sweat Pink Ambassadors were offered the chance to review Taffy Activewear, a functional activewear line for ladies with curves. I was torn on whether to pick the Essential Jacket or the Essential Capri. I went with the capris, and I’m so glad I did.

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Honestly – I was worried when I ordered the 1X that it would be too big for me, but the size chart says it equates to a 12/14, so I went with it. When they arrived, they got packed into my gym bag without me even trying them on before BodySTEP, which I expected to be a fatal error. I spend so many classes hiking up my drawers because it seems like if something fits me in the waist, it doesn’t fit me anywhere else, and I’m in a constant state of being uncomfortable. My hips are really the biggest problem on my body as they are disproportionate to the rest of me, which makes it hard to dress.

I was shocked and happy when the Taffy Activewear capris fit me perfectly, and didn’t seem to move throughout my whole workout! They have room for my hips and booty while still being able to sit up on my waist. I also really like the red detail. I usually go for plain black (because I’m obsessive about my outfits matching), but I thought I’d go outside the box a little this time and opt for some color.

In addition to providing me a pair to review, they’ve also offered to do a giveaway of the Essential Capri to a reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below. Sorry, this is open to US residents only!
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What’s your favorite place for workout wear?

I received a sample to review through my partnership with Sweat Pink, but all opinions are my own.
February 20, 2014

Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon Preview & Giveaway!

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One of my unofficial goals for this year is to try new things. Things I didn’t think I’d be interested in, or things I thought I did not like. (Crab, for example. Turns out that while I do like it, I’m allergic to it.) Or even things I just haven’t gotten around to yet.

…things like a triathlon. I have to admit, even though I have been running for over a year now, consider myself a pretty good swimmer, and biking seems easy – the idea of a triathlon has always seemed super intimidating. Last summer I found out about the Ramblin’ Rose tour, a women-focused triathlon series. They are sprint races, featuring much shorter swim, bike and run legs, as well as pool vs. open water, and (from what I can tell so far) a super motivational staff and volunteer core. (And – of course – super cute bling.)

This year I am even more excited about Ramblin’ Rose because…

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in addition to racing myself, Ramblin’ Rose has offered to give away two entries to the event! (Winner will still have to purchase insurance for $12 if not a member of USAT.)

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Giveaway runs from February 14 through February 27. I will e-mail the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before I pick a new winner. If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, sign up for the race now using promo code DESI5 to save $5 in South Charlotte or Huntersville!

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I received a complimentary entry into the event, but all opinions are my own. Winner is responsible for travel and accommodations, as well as $12 USAT insurance.

February 14, 2014