ShoeKicker wants YOU!

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I super excited to share ShoeKicker Beta with you! I know, I know you’re thinking “What the heck is ShoeKicker?” Basically think kayak.com but for running shoes!

ShoeKicker was started by Imran Khoja just recently…I’m talking recently, as in this summer! His goal was to provide a way for runners to save money on their running shoes and time searching…ummm YES! I love that!

What makes ShoeKicker stand out? When you buy on ShoeKicker you can save up to $27, that may not sound like a big deal but actually it really is more than you think. My friend over at ShoeKicker put it this way “If you buy shoes 4 times a year and plan to run for 20 years–that’s 2 round trip tickets to Paris right there, just by going to ShoeKicker” What the heck I don’t want to miss out on a trip to Paris do you?

So how does it work? When you head over to ShoeKicker you will see this screen:

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Simply fill in the prompts {as you can see I was searching for Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit} then click “Show me the best price

You will see this:

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Like what you found? Click “Get Em” and you will be taken to the website with the best price and you can complete your order!

I absolutely love this and let me tell you it couldn’t have come at a better time because I’m in serious need of some new running shoes and so is my hubby! ShoeKicker to the rescue!

A few things you need to know about ShoeKicker:

  • They are still VERY new
  • They are planning to add more vendors and more brands {so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for no worries its coming!}

This is where you come in! I want to invite me readers to head over to ShoeKicker have a look around and see what you think then come back and let me know your thoughts. ShoeKicker would love to hear any and all feedback and since so many of my reader are in fact runners I thought you guys would be a perfect “focus group”. Since ShoeKicker is brand spankin new this help would really mean a lot to them!SK

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Kushyfoot Review

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When Kushyfoot approached me about reviewing some of their products, I honestly had never heard of them before but I love trying new things so I was excited to give them a try. After doing a little research and discovering they have been around since 2003 and have pretty fantastic products I was even more excited!  Their name is not only cute but it’s also very clever because since the main goal of Kushyfoot is to provide comfort for your feet throughout the day! Kushyfoot offers tons of different tights, knee highs, socks, foot covers and flats to go.

Kushyfoot sent me some really great stuff!

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Athletic Foot Cover Designed to wear with your runners, or canvas sneakers, this foot cover provides extra comfort in your shoes for sport activities.

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Yoga Socks Kushyfoot® yoga socks are one-of-a-kind. Made exclusively to fit like a glove, socks feature open toes and a non-slip sole to grip the floor and mat. Perfect for activities that require balance and stability. Yoga socks also keep your feet clean and help warm up feet in winter months when your muscles are cold. Also great for Barre and Pilates! 

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unnamed-4I LOVE these Yoga Socks! They are comfortable and make holding even the most difficult poses so much easier! The non-slip sole is the perfect amount of grip. I have had non-slip socks in the past and they have either had way too little grip that serves no purpose or way too much sticky grip, resulting in having all kinds of gunk stuck in the grippers…yuck! In fact I have a few different yoga mats and one of them is notoriously slippery…I mean I feel my foot slipping in the warrior 1…now that is slippery! So I was so excited to try out these Yoga Socks with that particular mat! YAY no slip baby! In my opinion these are more than just yoga socks. I do NOT wear socks to bed, in fact I hate wearing socks to bed because me feet get way too hot, but I also have very dry feet and heels, {although these yoga socks were not necessarily intended for this} they are AMAZING to wear over an overnight foot moisturizing  treatment and I can wear these to bed because I guess my feet can breathe because my toe are not confined inside the sock…ok so I’m a little bit of a weirdo but there is no judgement here ;) All in all I love these for many different reasons, plus they are toe sock {is that what their called? That’s what I’ve always called them…you know when your toes each have their own little home!} This was my favorite type of sock with I was a kid!

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Flats To Go Designed with a soft sole, flats can be rolled up or folded so that you can tote them in your purse ready for any potential shoe emergency. Designed for indoor use and occasionally on smooth outdoor surfaces. Great for travel too!

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They fit perfectly in my purse…did I mention they fold up and take up very little space! How many times have you worn the super cute but VERY uncomfortable shoes to a wedding or party only to have your feet are screaming half way through? Yeah…been there, the Flats To Go are PERFECT for just such an occasion! These would be a perfect addition to a travelers carry on bag for both walking in airports and keeping feet warm on the plane. I have a quite a few friends who are excepting over the next 6 months and Flats To Go would be an awesome baby shower gift for mama! These would be excellent for swollen feet and for the hospital. I’m sure I don’t have to say this but…I love Flats To Go I’ve worn them to the grocery store, doctors appointments, PT appointments, church and of course they’ve gotten a TON of use around the house, but I think the best part about the Flats To Go are the reactions I get when people realize they are not high-end ballet flats! Quite a few of my friends have already picked up some Flats To Go and I’ve only had them for a few days, I really think that speaks volumes about them!

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I love everything that Kushyfoot sent me and cannot wait to try out the Lace Foot CoversPeep Toe Foot Cover and of course Snake Print Flats to Go®

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the lovely Alexa at *Lipton Publicity and *Kushyfoot for sending these awesome shoes and socks!

*Although Lipton Publicity/Kushyfoot did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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Bulu Box Review

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Disclaimer: because of my relationship with fit approach and being a sweat pink ambassador I was sent a complementary Bulu box in exchange for a blog post and review. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own and honest.

First things first…what is Bulu Box? “Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.” Honestly I had never heard of Bulu Box until I received one due to my ambassadorship with sweatpink. But I’m so glad I know about it now!

Bulu Box is the best way to discover healthy, nutrition and weight loss products.

Bulu Box is such an awesome idea! I love that there are two different box options to choose from!

Bulu Box Original

Bulu Box Original:

This box provides a well-rounded sampling of all things health and nutrition.

Each box contains 4 to 5 premium samples such as sports nutrition, sleep, and healthy snacks.

Plus lifestyle extras like gym gift cards or DVDs to cover all aspects of health!

Bulu Box Weight Loss

Bulu Box Weight Loss:

Designed specifically to help with the varying factors of weight loss,

this box contains 4 to 5 premium weight loss items such as energy aids,

healthy snacks, sleep aids and fat-burners.

Plus bonus weight loss items like fitness gear and kitchen tools.

 
How it works?
1. Try Samples:
You’ll LOVE discovering new products, but just as important as finding your new healthy faves is seeing which products don’t work for you. Try 4-5 samples based on your profile before buying full-size so you don’t waste your money.
2. Earn Points:
Speaking of money, want some more? Each month you can earn up to 100 Rewards Points (that’s $10!) just for subscribing and sharing your thoughts. Log in to your account to fill out your sample surveys about the products you just tried.

3. Cash Out:
Once you’ve earned Rewards Points you can use them like actual cash towards a full-size purchase of your new favorite product. Some Bulugans even get their order completely free! How many points can you rack up?

On to My Bulu Box!!!

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I received my Succeed at Weight-Loss Bulu Box a few days ago and it was full of five awesome weight loss related product samples and an info sheet about each product! Plus it comes in a super cute bright orange box!

What was in my box:

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Runa Tea: A healthy energy boost

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Shapeology Garcinia Cambogia: Stimulant free fat burner

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Movit Energy Gummies: On the go energy

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Quest Protein Powder: More than just a protein shake

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Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream: natural proven itch relief

I absolutely love the idea of Bulu box! This is the perfect opportunity to try out a bunch of different products and find out if you like them or not and if you want to buy the full-size version. It’s a win-win!

I love everything that came in my box. The itch cream smells awesome and felt great on my skin! I have a really dry skin, in all seasons it doesn’t matter if it’s summer, winter, spring whatever the season my skin is dry so this anti itch cream was perfect! I love the vanilla quest protein powder, the Movit Gummies are delicious and the tea was wonderful! Here’s the Debbie Downer part…Shapeology Garcinia Cambogia supplement. It only came with two capsules so it’s virtually impossible to form an opinion if it was something that I want to buy in the full-size version. In my personal opinion I don’t think a supplement with that small of a sample should be included in the box. However with that being said I love the box and am looking forward to my next one! I highly recommend this box and think that you will love it! I also LOVE the BuluBox Blog! If you’re interested please take advantage of my 50% off code SWEATPINK you can choose from 50% off 3, 6 or 12 months subscriptions with this code!!!

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Now its your turn, have you ever tried a subscription box before? If so, what’d you think? If not, whats holding you back? I’d LOVE to know! 

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Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 Giveaway {US}

The hyperactive heroes are back for another round of mischief, mayhem and messy food adventures! Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy continue their pizza eating, video game playing, TV obsessing exploits. Join the heroes in saving the world while having a ton of fun in 26 all-new action-packed adventures!

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The Teen Titans try to keep things as crime-free and boredom-free as possible as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 on DVD on August 18, 2015. Teen Titans Go! is consistently ranked as a top show on Cartoon Network: #1 show for Boys 6-11 and #2 show for Kids 6-11 on all of cable. Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 will be available on DVD for $19.97 SRP and includes over 4 hours of content.

Teen Titans are a GO, GO, GO! Join DC Comics characters Robin, Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg in their never-ending quest for goof, justice and maybe a little couch time. Things kick off with a backwards battle as Robin faces off against his Bizzaro World counterpart, Nibor. Raven is pushed to her limits during Crazy Day and it’s anything but a vacation when the Teen Titans visit Starfire’s home world. Don’t miss a single serving as the Titans have their hands full keepin’ the scene both crime-free and boredom-free in this all-new 2-disc collection!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to release Teen Titans Go!: House Pests on DVD for fans that enjoy the #1 cable show for boys 6-11,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “This release captures all the humor and action fans love about Teen Titans Go! and they will want to watch it again and again.”

My kids LOVE Teen Titans and I think yours will too! 

I’m so excited to giveaway a DVD copy of Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 on DVD to one lucky The Life in Bloom reader!  The giveaway ends Friday August 28, 2015 and open to US residents only (I’m sorry no P.O Boxes)

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The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah, The Belle of Prayer Review

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Bible Belles is a series based on five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah. HEARD. These women were extraordinary because they made a different kind of noise than the noise of today’s world. Today, the girls who are loud, rude, and obsessed with outer beauty are the ones a lot of girls look up to and try to act like. The Bible Belles series is a new way for girls to celebrate the qualities that make up a truly beautiful woman: prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership. These five women represent the journey a young girl can take to understand God’s love and to be someone whose beauty isn’t measured by society’s standards. They symbolize the transformation of a girl who learns to see true beauty in herself and in others.

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Today, I want to share an awesome new book, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah The Belle of Prayer {book one in the series!} Honestly, this is hands-down one of the best books that my daughter and I have EVER read! She loves it and is already anxiously awaiting Esther {coming 2016}

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In Book One of the Bible Belles series, Rooney Cruz isn’t exactly having a great day. The normal teasing on the playground and, oh, that mud puddle! But soon an angel appears, and Rooney begins a journey that will change her life forever.

She makes a shocking discovery: superheroes are real, and she’s one of them!

Join Rooney as she uncovers the first secret superpower that she possesses: the Power of Prayer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will transform her into the greatest superhero of all: a Bible Belle!

About the book: the story starts with the Rooney dealing with some not so friendly girls on the playground. The girls are mean and complement her sarcastically, she slips and falls in the mud making the girls laugh, point at her and even threw a rock at her. Rooney just wants to be left alone so she runs to her favorite spot underneath an oak tree at the far edge of the playground. While she sits under the oak tree she wonders “why are they so mean?” “I don’t get it

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BThen Rooney here’s Ring a ding DING! Where is that sound coming from? she wonders. It’s her angel, Mari. Mari is teeny tiny angel who takes her on a magical journey to past and into scriptures! They go visit a girl named Hannah, like Rooney Hannah know some not so nice girls.MariThey watch Hannah to see how she deals with similar situations when she was being bullied. Rooney learns that Hannah felt bullied by the other wife of her husband named Peninnah. She also learns when Hannah cried out to God and God heard her!

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When they arrive back in the Rooney’s real life she is able to reflect on Hannah’s experience and cries out to God through a real honest heartfelt prayer.

The story ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger, we don’t know how it all ends up with the girls on the playground, but what we do know is whatever happens Rooney has learned that she can talk to God when ever she wants or needs to and God with willing carry all her troubles with him, he will hear her and he will always support her no matter what!

I absolutely love the message of the story, we all need to be reminded that God is always with us and he wants us to bring our questions, concerns and fears to him daily. He is an amazing God and gives us wisdom and insight into situations and no matter how the situation turns out he is always there with us to take care of us. This is exactly what I want my daughter to know! She loves EVERYTHING about this book, the illustrations and Rooney {who she happens to look a lot like!} It was so perfect and spoke to her little heart!

The book is wonderfully written by Erin and gorgeously illustrated by Rob Corley, a former Disney animator. We can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series! Psst…Esther: The Belle of Patience, coming out in early 2016!!!!

About the Author:

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Erin is an enthusiastic and goofy mom to two children, one of them with paws. She is a wife, teacher, former college athlete, and a five time cancer survivor. Her heart is in Seville, Spain, though she calls Encinitas, CA home. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and daughter, coaching sports, and pretending she can bake. She loves eating, laughing, and volunteering at Sunday school. Alongside her husband, she is the co-founder of Bible Belles.

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I did receive this book from the author. However all thoughts and opinions are my own I was not compensated for a positive review, I honestly just love the book! 

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer & Blur Perfector Review

Hey guys! Today I am sharing two new products to the YSL Touche Éclat line, the Blur Primer & the Blur Perfector.

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It has been years since I have used a YSL product…that stuff is EXPENSIVE, so I of course jumped at the opportunity to give to products a whirl!

So let’s jump right in, first up is the Blur Perfector! This claims “A blur perfector compact that perfects the skin while retaining its luminous glow” and retails for- $55.00.

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Overall I really like this a LOT! I really like using this for blotting throughout the day, with it being summer I have needed it quite a bit and I can say it works better than blotting papers {which I hate!} But….this is really expensive and I don’t know that I will replace it once it’s gone. If you are wanting to treat yourself with something very high-end I do recommend this! My personal PRO/CONS list:

PROS

  • I prefer in under make up then touching up throughout the day
  • Multi use! Wear alone, set your makeup or use as a touch up
  • The packaging in beautiful AND very sturdy
  • A little {and I meant tiny amount} goes a long way
  • Not cakey at all
  • Beautiful light in texture
  • Did not clog my pores or cause any breakouts

CONS

  • It’s pretty expensive
  • Since it is a balm it could melt in extreme heat

 

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Let’s talk about the Blur Primer! I was most excited about this and for good reason it’s AMAZING! It claims that it’s an illuminating primer that blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of foundation. Ummm yes, yes it does! The first time I used this I couldn’t stop touching my face because it was SO soft! It retails for- $52.00.

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ysl3Overall I really do love this a prefer it over most of my other primers. It can be used multiple ways, alone, mixed with tinted moisturizer or mixed with foundation {I use it all of those ways}. There are little gold flecks in it that melt into your skin. Just like the Blur Perfector it’s expensive…but I think I might repurchase once this bottle is gone. My personal PRO/CONS list:

PROS

  • A teeny, tiny amount goes a long way although this is 1 oz. I think it will last a long time. I’ve been using it daily for a few weeks and you can even tell.
  • Leaves a wonderful silky texture
  • Blurred  my pores
  • Smells great

CONS

  • It’s pretty expensive for 1 oz. of product
  • The gold flecks may bother some people {it did not bother me at all}

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Wearing both the Primer and Perfector!

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Goals!

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This week #SweatPink asks: “What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? What’s your strategy for staying on track with achieving your goals?”

This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, with the season change quickly approaching {where I live at least} and the face that I’m currently battling a significant slipped and bulging disc that is pinching a nerve in my back {do to a serious fall} and lot of taking it easy {Bummer!} This seems like a perfect time to set some new goals! Hmmm, you know what? Some time a little reevaluation is exactly what you need to get motivated!

My Current Fitness & Healthy Living Goals

  • Heal & find workouts that I can do with my injury:

Because I really have to take it easy on my upper back and shoulder I’ve really been focusing a lot on lower body workouts, walking and running with my husband!  I have been doing Zumba and honestly a whole lot of Pinterest searching for lower body workouts that will be gentle on my back, that will make me sweat, and give me the cardio I’m looking for. Like this one from the always encouraging and lovely Natalie Jill

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Let’s talk ZUMBA!!! Honestly guys, if you are feeling down, discouraged or just not motivated I HIGHLY recommend Zumba! It’s so much fun, gives an awesome cardio workout and you can do it at home when ever you want! For me personally there is a huge plus, even with my injury I can still ZUUUMMMBBBAAA! Here are some of my favorite YouTube videos all from CLUB FITz…my personal fave! These 6 videos can act as a super fun and intense cardio workout {the first video is a slower warm up video. I end with it again or stretches}

I dare you not to have fun and feel ready to conquer anything the days throws at you after doing one or all of these Zumba routines! I know I do injury and all!

  • Give my body the right Fuel:

I have recently really gotten back on track with my healthy eating goals! YAY! A few months ago I kind of slipped off my low-carb eating…ugh…yes I paid the penalty and gained back some weight. I was extremely disappointed {even thought it was my own fault} so my husband and I reassessed our eating and realized we needed to get back to our low-carb lifestyle and hit it hard! I have already seen results {we were on vacation and ate like crap but I didn’t gain at all!} I feel so much better, I have so much more energy and I know it’s because of my low carb lifestyle!

One of the ways that my husband and I have achieved our low-carb lifestyle is honestly by using the entire Atkins line! I have shared before how much I love the Atkins so I won’t go on and on about it! See my posts about Atkins HERE!

  • See my progress: 

Keeping track of my fitness, weightloss and eating is really important for me. There is just something about writing it down that makes me feel more accomplished! For this I have been using a few different printable that I created months ago for my readers!

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  • Get more sleep:

This remains an ongoing struggle for me.  I aim to be in bed by 10:30/11. However I have a really bad habit of  “oops I forgot” until oh 11pm. My goal is to delegate my “day” time better and learn that I DO NOT have to do something I forgot to do during the day….it CAN wait. It will be difficult but I am determined to get the sleep I need and my family needs me to get!

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