Everything is Better in Pink & A Giveaway!

Good Day Friends!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned my obsession love of the color pink in previous posts, but if you follow me on any social media platform, my username is Pinkess1, so that should be the first clue. Since I was a little girl (when I first got the nickname Pinkess) and now into my thirties, I have never wavered on my favorite color. As silly as it sounds, pink just makes me happy. I have pink sticky notes on my desk at work — even pink staples in my work stapler (which a surprising amount of people actually notice!). My finger nails are one shade of pink as I type this post and my toe nails are a different shade. Pink is my neutral, my base, my starting point. Sure, I like other colors and I don’t have to wear pink every. single. day.

Okay, so I’m not actually doing a blog post solely on my love of the color pink. It is just the intro to a giveaway that I’m participating in.

I am excited to announce that I’m participating in my first ever Instagram Loop Giveaway — Yay, me! I’ve partnered up with Fit and Flirty Closet plus 11 others that love PINK as much as I do for an awesome gift pack valued at $150! To enter the Pretty In Pink giveaway, simply check out this Instagram post to get started.

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The prize pack includes some super cute fashion and fitness accessories all in PINK! The following boutiques participated:

Fit and Flirty Closet

Wild Boho Dreams

Pink Cupcake Girl

Stiletto Running

The Foxy Llamas

In addition, there are several bloggers and Instagrammers participating as well. Check them all out by entering the loop giveaway!

What is your favorite item in the prize pack? Have you ever hosted or participated in a loop giveaway? Do you love pink as much as I do?!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Five Things Friday: Wellness & Fitness Edition

Welcome FRIDAY! Whew, it has been a week! Am I right or am I right? This week’s Five focuses on fitness & wellness trends in 2017.

**All opinions are just that, opinions!**2017 Fitness & Wellness TrendsSupplements: I don’t see supplements going away any time soon. In fact, I see new formulas popping up All. The. Time. Whether the supplements be for better nutrients, electrolytes, boost immunity, boost stamina — they will continue to be relevant throughout 2017 (and beyond!) I recently received a jar of HANAH One – a botanical supplement – to sample and review. The claim is that it helps with focus, balance, mindfulness, immunity, the works! The trick is that you have to use it daily and it tastes pretty bad (sorry, just being honest!) I have found that when I mix it in with a fairly strong flavored herbal tea, the wangy (yes, I just made that a word) flavor is much less noticeable. I’m going to keep using it to see if I see the benefits (which usually are noticeable after 7 days of continued use, according to their website.) Stay tuned!

Athleisure: aka – leggings all day, every day! Okay, for those of us that can’t get away with leggings daily at the office, be on the lookout for work appropriate athleisure. Think: dress pants in sweat-wicking fabric (perfect for a quick lunch hour workout). Well + Good calls it: Workleisure!  I ran across this brand (that I have yet to try) that offers a variety of dress pant yoga jeans – wait, what?! Yes Please!

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Fitness Trackers: These babies are not only not going away, there are becoming more and more options on the racks, from the Fitbit (whatever the latest model is) to the Apple Watch to the new Garmin Fenix (which I. Must. Get.) These devices can tell you nearly anything you’d want to know about your body. Down to the VO2 max. The best thing about them is that it doesn’t matter your fitness level, there is a device for everyone! Even the fashion industry has jumped on the bandwagon!

I get giddy when I get 100% on my Jawbone UP Move

Clean Beauty: I know I am focusing on fitness and wellness, but I’d be remiss not to include at least one beauty item in my post! The trend of knowing all the ingredients in your makeup, skincare, and hair products is here. It kind of started with the sulfate-free products and has gained some traction. Now there are whole lines of products using the phrase “non-toxic” on their marketing materials, from nail polish to foundation to eye cream.

Unique Spins on Old Workouts: I’m an ambassador for Sweat Pink and right now we are right in the middle of a HIIT Yoga Challenge. Who knew that yoga could also work for High Intensity Interval Training? Check out the Fit Approach Instagram feed for the next week to see how!

I’d love to hear your predictions for trends in 2017!

Until Next Time!
Meg

**Some of the links within this post are affiliate links**
I received products from Hanah One for review purposes

The Busy Mom’s Manicure

I received this product from Brandbacker for review purposes. I was in no other way compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. 

I love to have my nails done just as much as the next gal, but let’s face it, I don’t have time to paint my nails every other day (that’s about how long painted nails last without chipping on this busy mom) and I certainly don’t have the money (or time) to go to the salon for a gel manicure every two weeks.

When I got the opportunity through Brandbacker to sample imPRESS Press-On Manicure products, I said “YES” wholeheartedly.

They sent me two different colors of pre-painted nails. One set is hot pink and the other is medium beige. Both sets came with the option of having a sparkly accent nail. I decided for my first attempt with the nails to try the beige set. They are super easy to put on. The adhesive is already on each nail, so after laying out the correct size for each of my nails, the whole process took about 6 minutes. Plus – no dry time! It never fails that after I paint my nails, I end up smudging the polish because I can’t sit still long enough for it to thoroughly dry!

To apply, you simply peel off the plastic backing, line up the nail with your nail bed, and press on the nail for about 30 seconds. That is literally it — super easy, no mess, quick application and I have a salon quality manicure for less than $8!

I’ve had the nails on for 4 days without losing one nail. That is 4 days of washing dishes (twice per day by hand), 4 showers, 15 miles of running, one football game, one volleyball game, playing with my kids, using the sewing machine and other crafts, and typing on the keyboard. They are still shiny like a gel manicure and chip-free, of course.

I added sparkly to the remainder of my nails rather than keep the accent nail since it would only fit my pinky finger.

The only thing that I would complain about would be the size choices of the nails. I think my fingers are pretty average and I had trouble finding nails to fit them (most were too small). As you can see from the picture below, the thumb nail that I chose was too small, while the only other option was huge and would have extended over onto my skin. There were tons of small nails to choose from, but little middle ground. In fact, I had to use the accent nail on my pinky since it wouldn’t fit on my ring finger or pointer finger. *I ended up adding sparkles to all my nails with a polish that I already owned rather than keep the pinky as an accent.  
When I’m ready to change out my manicure, I only have to gently peel the nails off — no acetone soak process necessary and no damage to my natural nails! These nails come in a variety of colors and options from french manicures to on-trend colors and patterns. You can pick them up at Walgreens and Walmart.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I would say that the value of this product is very good. For about the cost of a nice nail polish, you can have a salon quality manicure that lasts in only a few minutes!

Until Next Time,
Meg

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#1MillionMinutes – Final Week

To kick off the final week of the #SweatPink #1MillionMinutes campaign, I am participating in a fun ad-lib featuring PrAna, one of the sponsors of this challenge.

Let the Fun Begin!

When the 1 million minutes challenge started, I set out to achieve _1400___ [goal minutes of activity]. And I will shatter [verb] that goal by running  [verb] and lifting  [verb] my way to over 1500 [# of minutes].

The best part of this challenge for me was the online community support. I probably spent the most time tracking my minutes while I was running  with my trusty iPod [person]

I was stoked [verb] to see so many Sweat Pink’ers joining in on the challenge and breaking a sweat running, yoga-ing, and more [type of activity]. Jamie King [person] was one of my favorite people to stalk follow during the challenge because he/she posts such inspiring poses [verb] it!

I’m sad that it’s the last week but also excited that prAna is our sponsor because I’m coveting my first pair of PrAna running shorts [item from prAna] and going to post [verb] my little heart out in hopes to win!

Plus, I’ll need The Maison Knicker capris in Indigo_______ [item from prAna website] to help me get through my Fall goals which are To keep my mileage up in spite of the dark mornings

How many minutes have you been active this summer? I bet it’s more than you think once you write it all out!

Want to join the fun? Copy the below blank ad lib for your own blog!

When the 1 million minutes challenge started, I set out to achieve ______ [goal minutes of activity]. And I ________ [verb] that goal by ________ [verb] and ______ [verb] my way to ______ [# of minutes].

 The best part of this challenge for me was ________. I probably spent the most time tracking my minutes while I was _______ with _______ [person]

 I was ________ [verb] to see so many Sweat Pink’ers joining in on the challenge and breaking a sweat ________ [type of activity]. _______ [person] was one of my favorite people to stalk follow during the challenge because he/she ________ [verb] it!

 I’m sad that it’s the last week but also excited that prAna is our sponsor because I’m coveting ______ [item from prAna] and going to _____ [verb] my little heart out in hopes to win!

 Plus, I’ll need _______ [item from prAna website] to help me get through my Fall goals which are _________. And now I tag _____ [person] and_____ [person] and ______ [person] to join in on the fun!

Favorite Workout Wear

Oh, I have so many favorites when it comes to the clothes and gear that I wear to work out! I promise to reign it in and only post a few pictures! By the way, I’m linking up today with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers, who host The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday! Today’s optional topic is to show “flat photos” of your favorite clothing and gear!

Let’s start with what I am loving now (meaning, what do I run in when it is sweltering hot and super humid?). Disclaimer: I should also mention that I’m somewhat of a chicken in terms of running with vehicle traffic and I recently moved away from my beloved running trail (that was just outside my front door) I now have to run on the highway until I can get to a lesser traveled gravel road (lesser traveled, but still traveled). That being said, I like to dress in super bright clothing to make sure I’m VISIBLE! These shorts are my favorite! They are North Face and are super lightweight. I typically pair them with either this plain white Under Armour sleeveless shirt or my #SweatPink burnout tank, my Garmin Forerunner 220 (of course – see my previous post!), a Sparkly Soul headband, a FlipBelt and my Brooks or Asics running shoes.

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When the weather starts to get that chill in the morning and I can no longer wear shorts, I turn to my Brooks Equilibrium Capri pants. These pants come just below my knee (I’m 5’6″) and don’t fall down or ride up. I. Love. Them. Outside of that first crisp breath you take on a fall morning, they are my favorite part of autumn running.

Last year was my first winter where I truly embraced the weather and continued to run through (almost) anything that mother nature threw at me. I got a pair of Saucony Nomad (wind resistant) running pants as a Christmas gift from my husband, I have a windbreaker pullover in a bright orange, this Brooks stocking hat, and a neck gator when it was really cold. I’m still in the market for a good pair of gloves or mittens if you have any suggestions!

For those in-between days when it’s cold, but not frigid, I like running tights. I have a great pair of G-Fast from Gap and then the pair shown below from Aeropostale, the hot pink pullover is also from Aeropostale, a VSX sport bra, FlipBelt and multiple Sparkly Soul headbands.

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I would also be remiss if I didn’t include my favorite Aspen Yoga Mat that reminds me to stay balanced (figuratively and literally).8c54c-img_07765b15d

As I said, I could go on and on with this post because it couples my two favorite things: fitness and fashion, but I will stop. I’d love to hear about some of your favorites!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Five Things Friday

I have a gazillion bottles of face wash, eye-shadows, have tried every foundation out there, and don’t get me started on shampoos! I subscribe to Birchbox, so you can imagine how many hair and makeup samples I’ve gone through! While I did not get these products from Birchbox, they are a few of my favorites (of the moment anyway!)

As you all know, I have struggled with acne nearly my entire life — including my entire adult life. From over-the-counter to prescriptions, I have tried about every product out their claiming to be the next best thing. I first sampled Murad Acne Clearing Solution when I received it through the StyleHunters program. It is, quite honestly, the best product that I’ve ever used. It works super well on my adult acne, which we all know is different than teen acne. It is not harsh on my skin, but it rapidly clears up any breakouts. I am not being compensated at all — this is my honest opinion. While it is a little pricey ($39) it lasts a long time because a tiny amount is effective.

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This J. Crew handbag is my very first purchase from The Fashion Project. This site created a platform to give back while offering gently used designer items at a discounted price to others. Donors choose their charity and when you purchase their item, a portion of the proceeds go towards that charity. What a novel idea! Plus, I got a super good deal on this genuine leather handbag!

I have sensitive skin — aka, acne prone skin, therefore I am always trying to find the best foundation. I like one that provides decent coverage (to cover my uneven skin tone and red marks), I need one that is not oily and doesn’t clog pores, goes on smooth and not cake-y. To say the least, I am kind of picky when it comes to foundation. I went through the Color IQ at Sephora a while back. If you’re not familiar with that, it is when they do a color check on your skin and then give you an ID number that will list a host of foundations in the color that works for you. It’s awesome for those of us that are hours from a Sephora and must order online. For my first order, I went for this Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation. At first glance, it seemed to be really runny and I was worried about the coverage. I have not be a bit disappointed — except to say that I am nearing the end of my bottle. It is a little pricey, but it happened to be cheaper than my previous favorite (Flawless by Laura Mercier). I will definitely be purchasing this again soon!

Another Urban Decay product is on my list of favorites. I love their eye shadow in Sin which is a shimmery champagne color. As you can see I am scraping out every. last. bit. of my little pot! I love how shimmery this is, but yet appropriate for me (in my 30s) to wear to my conservative office. The biggest drawback is that for one little pot of shadow, it is $18 – Yeouch! I think I’ll wait for a coupon and continue on my quest to match the color with a cheaper brand….

IMG_3560.JPGThe final product on my list, is this shampoo and conditioner combination that I received complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes. First of all, I am a huge fan of anything with Argan Oil in it. Especially hair products! This soap smells better than most Argan Oil products (it doesn’t smell manly in the least!). Also, and this is probably my favorite feature, with each purchase of these SoapBox products, they donate money to provide clean drinking water to those in need. Each bottle has a unique Hope Code on the back. When you go to the website and enter in the code, it tells you where the impact is being made for your purchase. It’s awesome!

Something else that’s awesome — the quirky way they write the description on the backs of the bottles. Example: “Directions: apply generously to wet hair, massage into a lather, sing your heart out and then rinse.”

I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products or tell me about some of your favorites!

Until Next Time,
Meg

*I did receive the SoapBox products from Influenster complimentary for testing purposes, however all opinions are my own.

 

 

Friday Favorites

Life In Leggings

 

Rather than a 5 Things Friday post, I’m calling it Friday Favorites. Mostly because I don’t have 5 things and second, because I want to join the Friday Favorites Link-up hosted by Life In Leggings.

Knock Knock Journals – the inner truth series
Seriously, I don’t think I have to explain why I love these journals. They are so fun and unexpected. Who wouldn’t love journaling with one of these babies?! Here are two of my favorites.


Popcorn
I’m pretty sure I’ve expressed my obsession with popcorn on this blog, but if not I. Love. Popcorn. We have a Family Movie Night weekly tradition and it always involves popcorn. I took my littles to the movies last weekend just because I was craving movie theater popcorn. Safe to say, “my name is Megan and I’m a popcorn-aholic”…

popcornAgusta Active Duffel Bag
I won this bag from a #SweatPink Challenge earlier this year. I love it! It is the perfect size for a gym bag (I have it crammed full of stuff now because I insist on using it as an overnight bag as well). It has a separated compartment for shoes or sweaty gym clothes and it’s just so fun! PS: it also comes in pink!Okay, I know this is short and sweet, but it’s what I’m loving right at THIS moment! Have a good weekend! What were your favorites from the week?

Until Next Time!
Meg

Thursdays Are For Thinking Out Loud

Thinking-Out-Loud2Have I mentioned how much I love the Thinking Out Loud linkup hosted by Amanda at runningwithspoons.com?! Some days, randomness is the only way it’s going to get done!

So, without further adieu….

1. The Job Search
As you all know, I am moving soon (it seemed to be so far into the future, but now it is looming closer and closer!). I have not gone on a major job search, but I have been keeping tabs on LinkedIn and other employment sites for opportunities. I also have reached out to a few key people in the community to which we’re moving to. Last week, I had my first interview in over 10 years. It was a little nerve-racking going in, but when it was over, I felt GREAT!  The interview was 2.5 hours of conversation, sharing experiences, and information gathering in a low stress format. I felt like I totally got the job…. With that being said, it has now been over a week and I have not heard one word from the company. (Sigh)

2. The Headhunters
Speaking of job searches, have you ever had someone reach out to you to try and recruit you? Has it ever been for a position/company that you just didn’t want to work for? I am having a little of that going on as well. On one hand, it feels really nice to be wanted and recognized for my skill set. But on the other hand, it is kind of a dicey situation. I don’t want to make anyone angry as they are community leaders in the town that we are moving to, but by the same token, I just don’t think I’m interested in the type of position they have. I have been working for 2 days to draft a response email that I think will finally go out today. I have delayed sending it in hopes that I would get a job offer from the other company…

3. Running
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I set a goal to run 100 miles in March. I ran 100 in January and then kind of fell off in February, running only about 65. Today, I am at 87 miles with 5 days left, so I know I’ll make it. I have really had to push it this last 2 weeks because of too many days off earlier in the month. I desperately want a rest day, but I just can’t handle being this close and not making it! I think this happened in January as well, which might explain my February lack of mileage. Eventually, I will find a happy medium! I signed up with Run This Year to run 1,000 miles in 2015. I think I’m on track to do so. That is if I don’t burnout first.

4. Chocolate

Cadbury Mini EggsWhy is it that they only break out the Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter?  If you haven’t tried them, they are seriously the best chocolate ever! Deliciously melting in your mouth – the rich chocolate and the hard candy shell. I love M & Ms, but they don’t hold a candle to these babies. I am absolutely addicted. I guess it’s good that they only sell them at Easter!

5. Recent Purchases
I’ve recently purchased a couple of items that I cannot wait to arrive! Both are from online boutiques that feature gently used designer items. One is from ThredUp and is a Kate Spade Wristlet and the other is from The Fashion Project and is a J Crew structured handbag. I guess I should mention that I’m also obsessed with purses, bags, totes, clutches, etc.

Anyway, that’s all the rambling that I have in me today. Have a great day! Oh, and feel free to tell me about your job hunting experiences, candy addictions, and recent purchases!

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

5 Things Friday – In Snapshots

This has been a crazy week. I attribute it to the wild weather pattern that we experienced. We had below 20 degrees with 5-6 inches of snow and a snow day for the kids followed by a 50+ degree day and today it’s nearly 70 degrees. CRAZY!

I’m glad it’s a 5 Things Friday day and even more fun that I’m doing it in snapshots. See below my post for the Link-Ups that I’m participating in today and join in on the fun!

#NoExcuses

Wrapping up the #NoExcuses #SweatPink Challenge. It was a fun week of yoga, push-ups, high knees, and planks.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar

Running outside always takes its toll on my skin, whether it be protecting it from the sun or the wind and cold – a good moisturizer is always essential. This Renewed Hope in a Jar is a great choice. It is time released moisture and feels luxurious! Plus, the theme is kind of my motto: Live with optimism renew with hope..

Aeropostale, VSX, SparklySoul, FlipBelt

Fun workout clothes. As you all know, I LOVE pink (borderline obsessive). This top and pants are from Aeropostale (who knew they had such cute workout clothes?!). The Bra is from Victoria’s Secret Sport, FlipBelt, and Sparkly Soul headbands.

Nothing like a warm day to convince me to add a little color into my drab winter wardrobe!

Nothing like a warm day to convince me to add a little color into my drab winter wardrobe!

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“Spring breathes new life into the world around us” – Unknown

 

Today I’m linking up with the following:
Fit-Fashionable-Friday-Link-Up fituful focus

FitnessFriday Jill Conyers Linkup

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