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

Let MealEnders help you through the holidays! Plus: A GIVEAWAY

 

**I received MealEnders to sample and review as part of my affiliation with Sweat Pink and FitApproach. All opinions are my own. **

We’ve all been there, stuffed beyond feeling good, way beyond satisfied, uncomfortable or even sick — overeating is a common occurrence year round, but never more evident than around the holidays.

Be sure to stick around for the end of my post to enter the giveaway to win all four flavors of MealEnders, just in time for the new year!

Enter: MealEnders! These delightful little candies (er, excuse me, lozenges) are a safe answer to curbing your appetite and preventing you from overeating. They come in four flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Mocha, and Chocolate Mint. *I am a fan of all but the citrus, but that’s just me. The lozenges have two layers, the first is a sweet, dessert-like layer that melts in your mouth and the second is the signaling layer. It makes my mouth tingle a little, but it still tastes good!

MealEnders

Now before you cast this product aside fearing the use of stimulants and other harmful additives, consider this:  according to the MealEnders’ website, MealEnders contain unique duo sensory taste formula made from a stimulant-free blend of flavors and ingredients. They log only 15 calories a piece and contain only 2 grams of sugar.

They simply cue your mind that you have had enough, are satisfied, and keep you from overeating. BONUS: they are sweet and give you the sense that you are getting a treat or dessert. Try them for yourself! Enter to win my giveaway for all four flavors! Can’t wait? Use code FitHolidays20 for 20% off at MealEnders.com.

These can be used during a meal to signal your mind that you have had enough or they can also be used to curb your appetite between meals (or signal your mind away from wanting that afternoon snack that you really don’t need).


While these won’t make very tactful stocking stuffers, I do plan to have them in a candy dish at the dinner table for those wishing to feel satisfied but not sick after Christmas dinner.

The giveaway runs to December 22 — Good luck!

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Snacks!

I’m the first to admit, I love snacks. There is just something about the word “snack” that makes my eyes light up and my saliva glands get all worked up! Now, though I have yet to try it, I discovered Fit Snack via Erica Finds. Fit Snack is a subscription service that provides a healthy way for people who are on the go, to have guilt-free snacks on-hand. You get a monthly box packed with snacks, free music downloads, and free workouts. Check them out at www.fitsnack.com.

You can order a single month, 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. The price is a bit higher than the subscription boxes that I am used to, but it looks like you get A LOT of items packed in each box (see the image below), so it is likely worth the nearly $25 per month (that price includes shipping).

You all know how much I like subscription boxes (stay tuned for my Bulu Box review coming soon)! Right now, via Erica Finds, you can enter to win a FitSnack box.

If you’re not into ordering a snack box to help you maintain healthy eating throughout each day, here are my recommendations for go-to, waist healthy snacks:

 

  • Apples and Almond Butter (or regular ol’ peanut butter, if you prefer)
  • Sliced banana on whole wheat/grain bread with peanut butter
  •  Jiff Bars (can you tell that I. Love. Peanut Butter?
  • Kind Bars
  • Protein shake or a smoothie
  • I’m also a HUGE fan of PopChips, but I don’t actually classify them as a healthy snack.

What is your favorite snack? Don’t forget to head over to Erica Finds blog and enter her giveaway!

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

Get Your Freekeh On: Product Review and Giveaway!

I received a sample of Freekeh through my association with SweatPink and FitApproach. Other than free product, I was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

By now I am sure you’re asking, “what the freekeh is Freekeh?” Well, according to their websiteFreekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created. 

Freekeh boasts 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving, so it is very filling. It is also non-GMO verified.

I tried Freekeh Original and Tamari. They also have Rosemary Sage (which I think sounds Uh-mazing!) The Tamari has only a subtle flavor and can be used a base in anything or eaten on it’s own. If you like rice and quinoa, you will love Freekeh! We used it as a side dish with salmon, as a salad topper, and also as a base in stir-fry.

I am already picturing using this instead of brown rice in my special recipe jambalaya that I make in the fall and winter! **Recipe coming soon**

Freekeh is very versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. They have a handy cookbook (that you have a chance to win below) plus there are a lot of recipe ideas on their Pinterest boards as well.

As a side dish

 

as a base in shrimp and veggie stir fry

 

I even used it as a topping for my salad the next day!

Freekeh Foods was kind enough to allow me to give away a copy of their cookbook along with a package of Freekeh in your choice of flavor! Enter below and stay tuned!

Have you ever tried Freekeh? What recipe are you dying to try?

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Want more giveaways? I’m adding my giveaway link to the  Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds Wednesday Giveaway Round-up

Hemp Hearts Review and Giveaway

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**I received these Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest through my role as a Sweat Pink Ambassador**

I had actually never heard of Hemp Hearts and I must admit that my husband freaked out a little bit thinking that they were a form of marijuana! After much research, rest assured, they are not from the same type of cannabis plant that keeps Colorado’s economy thriving (sorry if I offended anyone), they are from another species and contain no THC and will not cause you to fail a drug test. Whew!

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my delicious salad with chickpeas, spinach, and hemp hearts

Hemp hearts are a great source of protein and omegas, packing 10 grams of each per 30 gram serving! They are also lower in carbohydrate than both flax and chia. They have a slightly nutty taste and are excellent on top of salad. I also plan to experiment with them in a pesto sauce as I think they will be great in place of the pine nuts. I’ll keep you posted on that! They are also extremely easy to use. You just sprinkle them in or on whatever it is you desire to try them with.

The Manitoba Harvest website is also a great resource for recipes using Hemp products.

Want to try Hemp Hearts?  Enter to win a 2oz/56g bag using the Rafflecopter below! *only available to those living in US or Canada and you must have a physical address (not a POB). I’ll contact the winner by March 8.

If you can’t wait for the contest or if you don’t win, you can still score your own Hemp Hearts or other great products at 20% off using the code HHSweatPink215 at Manitoba Harvest!

Until Next Time,
Meg

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