I’ve been loving…

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It’s been a crazy busy week but I wanted to share 5 things that I have been absolutely loving this week!

Fitbit Blaze

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I mentioned this in my collective March favorites and I asked if I should do a more in-depth review and the response was pretty overwhelming so YES that is coming! I just want to reiterate how much my husband and I both LOVE our Blazes! I love every single feature! But I PROMISE there will be more all about it in the next week!

Onnit Battle Rope

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I put this bad boy away when the cold weather started, this rope is really big and way easier to use outside but in the Pacific Northwest it’s just not feasible to continue doing outdoor workouts and activities over the winter months. This past week I uncovered it and was reminded how much I absolutely love this thing! If you want a serious intense cardio workout that kicks your butt you need this battle rope!

Run Love Compression Socks by Running Skirts

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I am so in love with the socks! Seriously they are so fantastic… after long runs, long days or just anytime. I really like that they’re not too tight and not too lose, they are so soft and so comfortable. I have other compression sock that are just really heavy and scratchy. These are just perfect,  I highly recommend!

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash System

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I really had no intention of buying this…but then I was at the store and I had double coupons making it so cheap I couldn’t pass it up. I’m so pleasantly surprised, it does what it claims, my hair smells so good on top of being really soft and volumized.

It cracks me up that it has directions though…

Step 1 – Wet your hair and work in the 2-3 pumps of the pre-wash conditioner to achieve maximum softness. Rinse.

Step 2 – Wash your hair with the shampoo, removing any excess conditioner. Then rinse, leaving your hair with a light and soft volume.

Pandora App

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Ok so this might be a really weird favorite but I have been absolutely been loving my 80s Pop station! I have been listening to it non stop…maybe it’s because I know all the words to all the songs or maybe its because lets just face it 80s pop is fantastic! Yes I am listening to it right now as I type and I’m singing along

“I touch you once, I touch you twice
I won’t let go at any price
I need you now like I need you then
You always said we’d still be friends someday”

{See screen shot ;)} I love this song! Ok I’m going to watch Pretty in Pink now!!

What were your favorites this week? Do tell!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Have you noticed the new rage in running for women? At any given race, track or hiking trail I can virtually guarantee that you’ve seen it…yep you guessed it…Skirts! Gone are the days of unflattering pants and shorts! There is an adorable and super girly option!

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My friends, are you familiar with Running Skirts.com? If you are not then let me introduce you!

Ok first of all Running Skirts was created by twin sister Cindy and Christy {which I LOVE since as you know I am a twin mama!} You can read all about them and Running Skirts HERE!

” As identical twins, we’ve shared everything since birth including our love for running.  After countless races and hours and hours of training, we became all too familiar (bored) with running wear, specifically high performance gear (more functional than flattering!).  Our philosophy is that fitness fashion for women should be fashionable, flattering and (most importantly) functional…Hence the inspiration for our girly-girl designs.”

Running Skirts is so much more than just skirts! Currently on the website these lovely ladies offer:

Bottoms:

  • Running Skirts {w/brief}
  • Athletics Skirts {w/shorts}
  • Capri Skirts
  • Capri Tights
  • Knee Length Modest Skirts
  • Sporty Dresses
  • Subzero Skirts
  • Triathlon Skirts
  • Running Shorts
  • Golf Skirts
  • Maternity
  • Ultra Swift Skirts
  • Mini Skirts {for girls}

Tops:

  • Long Sleeves
  • Performance Tanks
  • Performance Tees
  • Sports Bras
  • Jackets
  • Run-Tease

Extras:

  • Compression Socks
  • Shoes
  • Arm Sleeves
  • Headbands
  • Hydration Belts
  • Jewelry
  • Nutrition
  • Recovery

Whoa that’s a ton right?! Based on the name “RunningSkirts. com” I bet you assumed that their site would be all skirts right?!? I did too! I can honestly tell you I love everything on their site and could do some serious damage {and will when I hit my weight loss goal!}

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When I first heard about running skirts/athletic skirts I was a little on the fence about them to be honest. I’ve always been a capri legging kinda girl and I was teeny bit reluctant to take the plunge into running skirts and skorts. My reluctance mainly came from the fact that I DO NOT have a thigh gap {and no I don’t want one either…been there, done that} because of the non-thigh gap is the reason that I have always been a capri girl. Shorts ride up, YUCK who wants that? The idea of my thighs rubbing together…painful! But, little did I know Running Skirts was about to change my mind and take all my reluctance away!

I’m sure you know there a many different companies that sell “athletic” skirts from high-end brands to “no name” brands. But after trying out quite a few of them I can say for my needs not all are created the same. I have a lot of friends have their favorite brands that they swear by and its fantastic that they work for them but that was not the case for me.
Why Running Skirts? First off take another look at the bottoms list above! These amazing ladies have so many different style to offer. No matter who you are, your size, your sport, you style they have you covered {ha!} For me the “Athletic” Skirts are my perfect match! Not only are they super cute skirts but that have tight-fitting shorts built in…PERFECT!  So, would you be shocked to know that of course I jumped at the chance to try an Athletic Skirt?!

Before I tell you my thoughts on my Athletic Skirt I want to give Cindy and Christy a HUGE shout out not only for their amazing brand but for their amazingly sweet generosity! These wonderful ladies did not just send me a skirt but they surprised me with entire outfit! When the delivery guy dropped off a HUGE pink package I thought “This is a really big package for one skirt” Well there was a reason for the large package not only was there an adorable Athletic Skirt but included was a Long Sleeve Performance top and Purple RunLove compression socks! Seriously friends I squealed like a preteen girl at a New Kids on the Block concert {oh how I loved/love them! but feel free you change that to your fave so you get the full effect!}

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Now on to my thoughts!

To say it was love at first sight would be an understatement! Friends, all the running skirts clothing {that I have} are amazing quality!
Like I mentioned above these are the best skirts I have tried for my body. I’ve very short {5′} with a bubble butt and pretty much no hips. This skirt isn’t too tight or too loose. it is the perfect length for my short legs. Some of the other brands I tried were WAY too short and I felt like a *ahem* lady of the night…while others were way too long and hit be a just the wrong place and made my legs look shorter. The fabric this skirt is made out of is awesome its like bathing suit material but better {if that makes sense}

unnamed-1 copyFirst of all let’s talk about the Compression Socks! Now, I’m very familiar with compression socks and I have to be totally honest with you…these are the best ones I have ever worn! Seriously, they are like silk!! If you are familiar with compression socks you know that sometimes they’re made out of a rough fabric that maybe isn’t the most comfortable. The running skirts Run Love Compression socks are totally different, they are the perfect amount of compression that I need, they are super easy to get on…I’ve had others that are really difficult to get on because the compression is so tight however, that is not the case with these! I highly recommend the Run Love Compression socks to anybody that needs compression socks, it does not matter if you are an athlete, if you were a runner or if you are somebody who deals with any aliment that needs compression you NEED these socks! Plus they are ridiculously adorable!

Onto the Longsleeve Performance Shirt I had no idea that this shirt was going to be in my package so it was a HUGE surprise {like I mentioned unnamed-4 copyabove!} With that being said from the moment I took it out of the package I was in love! After my initial shock of all the goodies I immediately put the shirt on! Guys,  it is so comfortable and so sleek. One of my favorite parts about it is that it has a pink reflective heart on the arm. I also love the shirt is it is a little bit longer than some of the other performance type shirts that I have, some of them hit me right at my bellybutton and I do not like that {after carrying twins I have a larger midsection and I hate the way that some cut me off right there} but that is not the case with the running skirts longsleeve performance shirt! It’s long and hits me around my lower hip area which I just love, it’s a very flattering. I love that they sent me a black one its so pretty and sleek! I’d be lying if I told you that I hardly wear it because… I wear all the time, it’s so comfortable and the fact it’s been getting warmer in our area it’s so perfect to just to throw it on keep you nice and cozy…ahhh I love it!

unnamed-5 copyNOW the Athletic Skirt! When I took this skirt out of the package I fell in love! You can only tell some much about a clothing item based on the picture on a website. I honestly wasn’t expecting the degree of quality that I was going to get with the skirt. These skirts are amazing they’re fitted but don’t let that fool you it does not mean that they are hot and uncomfortable in fact they are so comfortable!  I love that they sent me the Athletic Skirt because it has built-in shorts under the skirt! This baby fits me so perfectly, they shorts are tight and hit right where I need them to hit, no riding up, no chafing, not too short and not too long. My husband and I did a Puppy Love 5K and the skirts stayed in place the entire time no pulling, no adjusting, perfect! I so recommend them!

Now that I’ve told you what I got, let me tell you some of the things that I want!

I would love to get my hand on the Subzero Top, even though we’re coming into warmer weather I do live in the Pacific Northwest which means rain or snow at any time no matter the season, plus we do a lot of camping in the mountains and at night it gets chilly so I would love to have one! I would love to get a pair of their Capri Tights… specifically the honeycomb, I am in love with this print! I also really want the Altra Delilah purple running shoes! They’re $99 and there’s just something about them that I love. Ooh I also want the Merrell – Glove Calypso {$100} I have never had of her Merrell shoes and I’ve heard they’re great, so of course I really want to try them out! And of course I want to couple more Athletics Skirts…specifically honeycomb, midnight stars, watermelon hearts, color block and Caribbean prints. I love all three of those so much!!

Ok so there you have it…I love Running Skirts and will be a forever customer! Have your tried out any of their items? Tell me what you have or what you would like to try out!

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PRO Compression Marathon Socks Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}

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Today I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of post run/hike recovery gear! PRO Compression socks! Yes that’s right I said compression socks! I know what you’re thinking “compression socks are only for grandma and grandpa right?!” Wrong! Compression Socks are for anyone and REALLY big in the fitness world!Web_Lifestyle1_1250x400

A few months ago some of my favorite Blogging Runners were raving about PRO Compression in their ability to drastically help with leg recovery after running & hiking. It was from my very first introduction to PRO Compression that I knew I wanted a pair! I was beyond thrilled when recently I was given the opportunity from PRO Compression to try out their marathon socks! I of course jumped at the opportunity!

My first experience with PRO Compression:

When I put on my compression sock for the first time I noticed and immediate difference, yes they were tight but without being uncomfortable or awkward. They were awesome, tight and soothing in all the places that had previously been extremely sore. After putting them on it was like having immediate relief, I felt my tight muscles loosen up and relax!

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The PRO Compression socks are made from a super soft and lightweight material, which I LOVE! In the past I’ve worn a heavier style of sock so these were a very happy and welcomed change! It was funny because of the compression I actually had to lace my shoes tighter than usual!

Before PRO Compression after any kind of long distance run or hike I had a long rough recovery; I would have to sit down and put my feet up because my calves and ankles would be so sore or/and I would have swollen feet and ankles. Since receiving my PRO Compression socks that is a thing of the past no more swelling and no more calf pain!! In addition, my husband who is a very long distance runner was suffering from some severe pain, I got him a pair and he was SHOCKED the first time he ran with his compression socks, the aches and pain were relaxed and soothed and now just a few weeks later his pain is also a thing of the past!

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I wear my PRO Compression socks all the time and so does my hubby! We both wear them during runs and hikes, over night after particularly strenuous days, long car rides and of course as regular every day socks!

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  • Awesomely Bright Colors
  • The Sock of the Month Club
  • Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
  • Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
  • Lightweight construction for incredible feel
  • Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
  • Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
  • Made in USA

Although I’m writing about only the Marathon High socks I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that PRO Compression Socks come is a number of different styles:

Marathon High Socks

Mid Socks

Low Socks

In addition to their socks PRO Compression also has:

Compression Sleeves

Leggings and Tights 

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The moral of the story? Since I started running and hiking I’ve had a number of problems including, the regular post-run soreness especially in my calves and bottoms of my feet, calf cramps, swelling and charlie horses and man those are not fun for anybody! Before PRO Compression I had never used compression socks and tried to just deal with these issues. I remember as I waited for my first pair to arrive I thought if these socks can even slightly decrease the soreness that I feel after a really long run or hike then I am all in! Well, they didn’t just slightly decrease the pain they actually have change my life!

Will I purchase another pair of these? Absolutely! For me, my husband and in fact my mom who is 70 who has severe leg cramps and other calf issues is *ahem getting a pair for Christmas! PRO Compression socks are a quality product that really do what they say they are going to do. Honestly, I really love this company!

Are you sick of being sore, swollen or achy? I would highly recommend getting a pair {or 2 or 3 or 4} of PRO Compression Marathon socks!

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Oh but you’re not gonna leave here without something fun!

I am so thrilled to announce that I have partnered with PRO Compression to host awesome giveaway!!! One winner will win a pair of PRO Compression Marathon Socks!

WIN IT!

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Special Thank You to PRO Compression for providing me with these AMAZING socks!!

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