Popsugar Must-Have Box // January

New Year, New Goals. The January Popsugar Must-Have Box has everything you need to motivate, refresh, detox, and get/stay healthy. Now, I just need to get my “new year, new you” in action…

Here’s what you missed in January:

GoldFaden MD Resurfacing Peel: I don’t get many facials (though, I wish I could). The resurfacing peel does just that: supercharges skin, removes dead cells, and leaves you feeling like a million bucks.

May Designs Desk Calendar: Start each month with a bit of beauty. This calendar is the perfect size for any desk – and so pretty. Plus, each month is a notecard (flip it over and reuse)

Daily Concepts Hair Wrap Towel: Seriously, I’ve needed one of these for years! Say goodbye to over size towels. The microfibers keep frizz at bay and cuts down on blow dry time. Win-win if you ask me.

Manduka eQua Mat Towel: The perfect addition to any yoga class, this towel is absorbent and quick-drying. Bring on the Bikram.

Sourcebooks, Inc. Happy Notes: Brighten any day, including yours, with these fun, inspirational quotes.

Dean & Deluca Peppermint Tea: I can never have too much tea, I love it. And Dean & Deluca. This soothing flavor helps with digestion and is so refreshing.

{Bonus} Glade Coconut Candle: This candle has me dreaming about sun, sand, and ocean. And it smells so good!

If you want all of these fun goodies delivered to your front door each month, sign up for Popsugar Must-Have Box and save $5 off your first month. Use code SHOP5 at checkout.

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Popsugar Must-Have Box // December

Tis’ the season. And the Popsugar Must-Have Box for December is just that. The December box is the perfect combination of festive, snowy, and celebrations. Now, I just need to decide if I want to share my goodies, or keep them all to myself…


Here’s what you missed in December:

Odeme Catchall + Ring Dish: this matching porcelain dish set is the perfect piece for your vanity or dresser, and provides a chic place to store your jewelry & accessories. The ring dish couldn’t have come at a more perfect time; I was in the market for a ring holder, and this one is just perfect.

Baublebar Snowfall Pendant: I’m a sucker for a good statement necklace, especially one that’s versatile and can be worn across many outfits. This POPSUGAR exclusive necklace checks all the boxes. Now, I just need to figure out a way to keep it from my sisters.

Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins: Versatile enough to dress up any topknot or keep your bangs out of your face. These sparkly hair pins can be worn all together or on their own.

Winky Lux Lip Pill: Ahhh, the perfect cranberry color and festive enough for the holidays. I can’t stop wearing this cruelty-free lipstick in Bunny shade.

Sister’s Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies: The mason jar packaging is perfect for gift-giving or last minute party solution. Just add eggs + butter, and you’ll have fresh baked cookies in no time.

Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Serum: Give your hair the boost it needs with this serum’s special formula for smooth, shiny hair. Especially important in the winter, I love finishing my look with styling shine.

If you want all of these fun goodies delivered to your front door each month, sign up for Popsugar Must-Have Box and save $5 off your first month. Use code SHOP5 at checkout.

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review: mama & little [teething jewelry]

author’s note: My Mama & Little review is just one in a series of reviews that ends with a huge mama & baby giveaway (launching early October). Stay tuned to learn more about my favorite things for mama’s and her babes.

Baby Girl recently discovered her hands, and that means everything goes straight to her mouth. Fingers, clothes, burp clothes, you name it. I wanted to find something for her to hold on to (to develop dexterity & strength) but still be safe to chew. After a lack-luster experience with another brand (with Mr. President), I began my search to find the perfect teething jewelry to suit both mama (me) and baby (Coco).IMG_7618 (1)

After scouring Instagram for my newest accessory, I found Mama & Little.

Mama & Little is jewelry for the hip mama and her little. The necklaces are to-die-for. Seriously, I don’t need fancy or expensive jewelry anymore, and I get tons of compliments. But best of all, my jewelry is safe for Baby Coco – and that trumps style any day.

I’m totally in love with their latest collection, inspired by the modern bohemian mama (which is often how I describe myself). I wanted to buy them all but finally picked the Zooey necklace – a free-spirited pendent design inspired by mala necklaces used in meditation. Om, baby. 

Coco loves her necklace, but more importantly Mama & Little products are:

  • Non-toxic
  • 100% food-grade silicone
  • BPA free
  • No Phthalate
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Does not harbor bacteria
  • Safety breakaway clasp

…So I can feel good about my baby chewing on my jewelry.

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Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY featuring the Zooey necklace & Finley bracelet

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{review} capital teas: tea for the tub

I love taking baths. It’s the one place, one time, I get some alone time. And even though baths are much shorter these days and a little less relaxing, I still really enjoy them.

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Capital Teas recently launched Tea for the Tub – and I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. I love tea. I love the tub. Tea for the Tub just makes sense.

Capital Tea has two tub teas to choose from: photo 2 (4)
Soothe: Soothe your skin and senses with this blend of green tea, mint and citrus.
Purify: Arouse your senses with this warming blend of white tea, ginger, and spices.

Since I was looking to relax, I opted for Soothe. It was a nice blend + the flavors/smells really filled the bathroom (if you live in Arlington, you know that’s not hard to do, ha). You use Tea for the Tub like you would any bath bomb – simply drop into the tub while filling; relax + enjoy!

And if I wasn’t pregnant, I would’ve enjoyed my bath with a glass of processco. Instead, I drank Capital Tea with my Tea for the Tub – and that was a pretty close second. Note: try Orange Grapefruit Wellness tea – the flavors are insanely delicious.

If you’re looking for a different approach to a bubble bath, give Tea for the Tub a try. At $5.95/packet, its price point is on target with any luxury bath bomb, and you’ll enjoy trying something new!

To order, visit www.capitalteas.com or stop by one of their 13 locations in the DC/PA area.

 

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Disclaimer: I was provided Tea for the Tub for review, however I was not compensated in any way. Opinions are my own.

new year, new YOU: For Two Fitness Giveaway

I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing New Year giveaway. I wore For Two Fitness apparel throughout my first pregnancy – and now with #2 – and they quickly became my absolutely favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the New Year. 

From For Two Fitness:
Happy New Year! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, and friends. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, including the newest offering from BOB – a Revolution FLEX jogging stroller – plus prizes from ASICS, Ergo and Maison Drake baby boutique, and For Two Fitness – all facets of your healthy mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!

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The grand prize winner will win everything you see listed here. Prizes have been furnished by our wonderful brand partners in connection with a sponsoring ambassador (Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and ME from Will Run For Margaritas). Here are more details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy:

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Grand Prize Giveaway items:

  • The New BOB Revolution FLEX single stroller
  • For Two Fitness maternity athletic outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)
  • Ergo 360 Baby Carrier furnished by Maison Drake baby boutique
  • Asics Running Shoes (1 pair of the winner’s choice)

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Wow! We are thrilled to give away these amazing prizes. This contest runs from Monday, January 12th through midnight on Friday, January 16th. Visit the For Two Fitness site to enter. Be sure to follow @ForTwoFitness and our co-hosts @run4margaritas and @momslrb on Instagram in order for your entries to be valid.

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Thanks for celebrating the New Year with us – and Good Luck!

 

 

 

{review} Alive Juices (raw-pressed juice)

I love juicing (!!) – but there’s so much involved (preping all of the fruits + veggies, time – something I don’t have a lot of, and clean-up – I seriously have to soak + scrub the machine 5 times before it’s clean) that I rarely do it. I wish I had the time but with a very busy boy, I just don’t.

And because I don’t juice myself but spend money on raw-pressed juices that someone else juices for me, I consider myself a bit of a raw-pressed juice connoisseur.

I had the opportunity to try local company, Alive Juices over the holidays. I couldn’t be more impressed with the overall package Alive Juices has to offer. From custom juice plans, to excellent customer service, to free delivery + bottle pickup, there’s no reason not to try Alive Juices.

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Made to Order. Gluten-Free. Vegan.
Alive Juices come in 8 unique flavors. Each flavor provides unique health benefits (heart, bones, vision, protection against cancers etc). Each flavor contains different produce, but they all have Big 4 – Apples, Ginger, Garlic and Lemon. These are well researched disease fighters, that go above and beyond in keeping us healthy.

Each juice has roughly 200 calories – so it’s healthy while keeping you full and on-track for your 2015 goals.

I had a chance to try 4 different flavors: image (1)
#1 Postive Karma: Big 4 + Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Cilantro
#4 Detox Mantra: Big 4 + Carrots, Beet, Kale, Cilantro
#5 Guru’s Greens: Big 4 + Romaine Lettuce, Bokchoy, Collards, Fennel
# 8 Morning Sunshine: Big 4 + Squash, Cilantro, Pineapple

While all flavors were great (I love Ginger & Lemon), Postive Karma + Morning Sunshine were my favorite (I still crave pineapple as much as I did when I was pregnant with Mr. President). I definitely had more energy (something I need even more of) and felt great! Of course I couldn’t do a full cleanse (juice-only) since I’m pregnant, but I used these juices to jump-start my day and carry me through healthy eating and options. When I needed a pick-me-up, I snacked on the nut mix provided with each cleanse. I’m a huge fan of Alive Juices!

{final thoughts}
If you’re thinking about starting a juicing plan or just want to try a few flavors, Alive Juices is your go-to. There’s a plan and flavor for everyone. And if your excuse is that you’re “too busy” (which is often my excuse), this is the perfect option – custom plans, great flavors, and FREE delivery.

These are safe to drink during pregnancy (I’d be in big trouble if raw-pressed juice wasn’t part of the plan) – and often encouraged because of all of the healthy benefits.

Get started today: http://alivejuices.com/juice-plans/
*FREE $15 in juices with your 1st order

 

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For Two Fitness Maternity Workout Clothes: Review & Discount Code

These days it’s pretty obvious that I’m pregnant but before Week 19, it was touch & go.  That’s why I love (and wear) For Two Fitness Maternity gear!  Their clever slogans – Running for Two being my favorite  – take the questioning out of the equation (a huge plus for me during those awkward “is she, isn’t she” pregnancy moments). For Two Fitness

For Two Fitness is the premier maternity fitness apparel brand, proudly made in the USA, and committed to celebrating and supporting moms who are dedicated to healthy, fit, pregnancies.  Their apparel crosses over from workout to lounge and is designed to flatter your growing baby bump.

I had the opportunity to wear test the Racerback Tank Top and Dedication Maternity Capri – and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the product.  Moisture wicking, anti-microbial, and perfectly fit, the product performed exactly how I expected (and hoped) it would in 90 degrees & 75% humidity.  Even though I was sweaty after my 4 mile run, I felt cool and the racerback pulled the moisture away from my body (just like it’s supposed to do).

Racerback Tank Top:  I have to admit that I’m a sucker for the “Running for Two” slogan; I can’t think of anything more appropriate for this running, pregnant mama!  But slogans aside, the Racerback Tank performed better than I expected.  As someone with a very long torso, my growing belly has added an interesting twist to finding tanks that are long enough to cover said belly; the Racerback Tank is long enough for coverage throughout pregnancy and it doesn’t ride up (!!).  The material feels soft on skin, but is moisture wicking and breathable.

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The slogans are fun – and capture every mom’s favorite  activity: Running for Two, Yoga for Two, Cycling for Two, Sweating for Two, Dancing for Two, and more.

Features:

  • CoreFX™ technology
  • 4-way stretch and recovery
  • Side-ruching for form-fitting style
  • Generous length for coverage throughout pregnancy
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Breathable
  • Ultra soft
  • Tagless

Dedication Maternity Capri: I’ve been rocking the Maternity Capri to yoga and 3-way belly panel makes it easy to move and stretch without baring it all.  The 3-way belly panel (fold-over mid rise, full belly panel, and under-belly) allows you to fully customize the fit, while the technical Supplex/Lycra fabric blend gives you support and stretch without restriction.  The Capri is ultra soft, and moves with my (or the babe’s) every move.  The only thing I’d mention is the length – I’m on the taller side (5’8”), so the Capri hits me a little higher than I’d like but if you’re more of a mid calf/below the knee type of person, you’ll love the length and fit.

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Destination Maternity Capri – full belly panel

Features:

  • Supplex/Lycra fabric
  • 3-way belly panel
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Breathable
  • Ultra soft
  • Tagless
  • Inseam length is approximately 18 inches

Final Thoughts: If you’re active and pregnant, you want For Two Fitness Maternity Clothes!  The product fits great, is super soft, and performs when you need it to.  I’ll be using the discount code to buy a few more items (Yoga for Two and Sweating for Two) – can’t have enough when you’re working out for two!

Discount Code: For Two Fitness is offering 20% all items, using the code MARGARITAS.  Don’t miss out on this awesome deal!

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review & Giveaway

As my belly gets bigger, so do my problems.  I’m using the word “problems” loosely, but this babe has me experiencing things I didn’t know were possible: chaffing – and lots of it.

I’m a runner and have no plans of stopping while I’m pregnant, but know that I may have to adjust accordingly.  About three weeks ago, adjusting became my reality.  With warmer temperatures and inevitable shorts weather, I knew I needed to do something about the uncomfortable chaffing on my inner-thighs.  I tried all sorts of products (baby powder, Body Glide) before discovering Aquaphor Healing Ointment – and then my running life changed.

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment is specially formulated to create an ideal environment that protects and heals skin; it’s also free of fragrances (so important while I’m pregnant), dyes, and preservatives, making it gentle enough for all skin types.  What I like most about Aquaphor Healing Ointment is that it’s multi-use: I can use it for chaffing, dry feet/hands, minor burns, cracked lips, and more.  It’s not greasy and absorbs quickly into skin.  Athletes listen up – Aquaphor can be used for everything from chaffing, blisters, wind-burned skin, and saddle sores.  I can’t wait to try Aquaphor as a replacement to Body Glide at my next triathlon (hello, easy wetsuit removal).  I also had a chance to try (and fall in love with love) Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect; it’s SPF 30 (super important for outdoor activities in the summer) and seals in moisture to prevent dryness.  I’m a sucker for anything lip gloss/stick related but I’m also very picky about what I use and like.  Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect passed the running/sweating/longevity test.

Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for one product that does everything, Aquaphor Healing Ointment and Lip Repair are the way to go.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how well Aquaphor works with all aspects of my life (running, working out, bedtime, etc.).  Prices range from $6-$15 (depending on size) and can be found at various locations including Target, CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, and local grocery stores.

You better believe I’ll be using Aquaphor when the babe arrives – it’s dermatologist approved and recommended by dermatologists, pediatricians, and moms!

Giveaway
Best of all, one lucky winner will win an Aquaphor prize pack, including Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $50 Visa gift card and CamelBak Water Bottle.

{to enter}
Tell me: how do you prevent dry, cracked skin?
*You must follow my blog to win

{additional entries}
(not required – please leave a separate comment for each entry)

{the deets}
1. giveaway runs through June 26, at which point I will close the post and randomly choose a winner.  Winner announced on June 26 at noon.
2. contest is open to US residents only.  Must be 18 years or older.
3. winner has one week to claim their prize before a back-up winner is chosen

additional questions? contact me at: willrunformargaritas@gmail.com

 

disclaimer: Aquaphor provided me with a prize pack; opinions are my own.

Medi-Dyne Product Review

In all of my years of running I’ve never really experienced leg or calf cramps.  Sure, my calves might be a little sore after a long run but nothing like I experience these days.  One of the (many) “side effects” of pregnancy is leg cramps.  I’m not talking about some quick little twitch, no I’m talking about wake-you-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-screaming leg cramps.  These little added bonuses of pregnancy are my worst nightmare.

When Medi-Dyne reached out and asked me if I wanted to review the ProStretch and StretchRite, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.  These little gems saved my legs – and my life.

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ProStretch Plus:
The ProStretch Plus is the ultimate tool for preventing and relieving plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tight calves & hamstrings.  The patented ProStretch Plus rocker design automatically holds your foot in the optimal position for providing a biomechanically accurate and efficient stretch that’s been proven to work the lower leg muscles more effectively.  I use ProStrech Plus before & after a run and before I go to bed.  My favorite feature is that the ProStretch Plus is customizeable – I create the type of stretch I want.  It helps keep my calves feeling (semi) normal and has helped reduce the frequency of my leg cramps.

StretchRite:
The StretchRite is a much better version of trying to stretch with a towel or elastic band.  The patented StretchRite gives you a safer, more effective way to improve flexibility and get total body relief for sore, tight muscles.  This has been a lifesaver for my lower back and legs – stretching helps remove tightness and I recover faster after each workout.  The StretchRite is customizable so you can increase/decrease tension based on handgrip and position; a nice benefit since I’m more flexible in some parts of my body versus others.

Final Thoughts:  If you’re looking for an inexpensive but highly effective stretching tool, Medi-Dyne has the best products on the market.  Medi-Dyne products are multi-use (e.g., hamstring, plantar fasciitis, calf cramps, etc.) – and this is important for someone who doesn’t like clutter.  Overall, I’ve been extremely happy with the results, and the quality of product is high.

Order yours today: http://www.medi-dyne.com/

In addition to stretching before and after activity, I ice my legs/feet, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and eat a well-balanced diet.

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marathon must-haves {giveaway}

It’s January – and that means hundreds, thousands, of runners are training for a Spring marathon.  Whether it’s your first marathon, or your twenty-first, the thought of racing is exhilarating  {i’m excited just thinking about it}.  And, even though I’m not running a Spring marathon this year, I’m familiar with the hard-work, dedication, commitment, and sacrific it takes to train for one (if you think I’m lying, you can read all about my Boston heartbreak here).

After years of running and racing, I’ve become a smarter runner (think: reflective at night, moisture-wicking shirts, and the importance of really good socks).  There’s been a lot of trail & error to determine what works best for me and the run – but I think I’ve finally cracked the code, and found my favorites.

The best part about all of my favorite things?  One LUCKY winner will win ALL of my Marathon Must-Haves (shown below)

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infiniti 1/2 zip: not only is this piece stylish, fitted, and technical, it’s cozy! I’m rarely cold during a run, but as soon as I finish (and I really start to sweat), I get the chills – I’ll be wearing my (favorite) 1/2 zip post-race.

KT Tape: ever since the (unfateful) day I stumbled upon Plantar Fasciitus, I’ve been a huge fan of KT Tape. One of my favorite things about it (besides magical powers & healing) – a huge assortment of the fun colors {think pink}

nuun (+ water bottle): i live on nuun (strawberry lemonade, please). It’s the perfect marathon/training run go-to. Since it’s mixed with water (and you can half the tabs), it’s easy on my stomach but gives me the energy boost I need.

Brooks hat: i don’t like the sun in my eyes, or sweat for that matter. I rarely race without a hat – it’s the perfect sun & sweat protector.

honey stinger: I found the ONE thing that works for me and my stomach.  I knew I needed nutrition on my long runs and during a race, but my stomach couldn’t handle anything else… until I tried honey stingers.  made with real honey (a natural form of energy), these organic energy chews are the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

mio: make it yours! add a few drops to your water – post-run- for a quick & easy drink.

pro bar: the whole food meal replacement, these bars are organic, 100% Vegan, and ideal for endurance or recovery.

body glide: i don’t know about you, but I’ve been the victim of sports bra chafe and it is not fun! body glide is multi-purpose and does the trick (apply wherever your heart – or chaffing – desires).

nathan running pak: it’s an easy and lightweight waist pack – with clips for a race number!  This is the perfect addition to any race day endeavour.

feetures! socks: (see reference above – the importance of really good socks) I can’t live without feetures! socks – they just do something right!  No more blisters or discomfort for me.

clif bars mini’s (not pictured): mini clif bars are the perfect post-race snack. They are full of organic ingredients, engery and come in delicious flavors. Yes, I’d like a Coconut Chocolate Chip bar – yum!

{to enter}
tell me: what’s your marathon must-have? (and please indicate your prefered size in the infiniti 1/2 zip hoodie)
*You must follow my blog to win

{additional entries}
(not required – please leave a separate comment for each entry)

{the deets}
1. giveaway runs through February 11, at which point I will close the post and randomly choose a winner. Winner announced on February 11 by 6pm.
2. contest is open to US residents only
3. winner has one week to claim their prize before a back-up winner is chosen

additional questions? contact me at: willrunformargaritas@gmail.com