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Bestowed: Review and Giveaway

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I love trying new things.  That's the whole point of this blog, isn't it?  Taking on dares, and passing them on to you!  
Recently, the folks at Bestowed offered me the chance to sample their products and share a review.  I skimmed the website, and some of the brand partners involved looked appealing, so I agreed, and here we are today:

Bestowed is a subscription service that offers customers a chance to sample, discover, learn, and purchase healthy nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle products.  These come in the form of a box, delivered once per month.  The five items in each box, carefully selected by Heather Bauer and her team, include nutrition bars, snacks, cereals, supplements, trials for online fitness tools, and more.  Consumers recieve a box, sample the products, and can decide if they're interested in continuing to consume or use the product.

I was looking forward to getting my first box.  It's not just about the items you get, but also the fun of wondering what…

Graduate! And update...

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What a whirlwind 2013 has already been!  As June approaches (gasp!), I can't believe we're nearing the halfway mark.  I gave a teaser in January for all the exciting goals I had going for each month, and then completely failed to keep you updated on my progress.  Please accept my sincerest apologies.

I've been kind of busy, working full time and doing things like this, too:


Now that THAT's done with, it's finally time for an update!   Here's a quick glimpse into what I've been up to:
Natural Skincare. 
Taking the paleo/primal lifestyle a step further: Skinfood. Ditching the toxins and replacing them with nature's own moisturizers, cleansers, etc.  This started withswapping my lotion for coconut oil, and has gone much further since then. I'll be sharing as I experiment over time.  If you're looking for some information on this, I recommend the Skintervention Guide. I first started on my own, taking bits and pieces of information from various sourc…

Remember: Memorial Day

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As we (here in America) celebrate the holiday weekend, the day off from work, the proximity of summer... Dare you to take a moment to remember what we're really celebrating.  Take a moment to remember the veterans who have fought for our freedom.  Take a moment to simply remember.








Happy Memorial Day! Wishing you all a fun and safe holiday weekend.

Live With Fire

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I first dared you to Live With Fire in March, when I tried out the Reebok DMX Sky running shoes, which were perfect for a casual runner like myself.

However, I've since learned that Reebok's "Live With Fire" message goes way beyond hot running shoes.


I was invited to a women's media event for Reebok as a FitFluential Ambassador, where the Reebok team would introduce us to who Reebok is, what they've been about in the past, and what they're doing for the future.  I've gotten to know Reebok well this year, and the more I learn, the more I love.

First of all, walking into Location 5, where the event was held, attendees were shown what Reebok is about at every corner.

Quotes lined the entrance and hallways:


Even the bathroom signs represented the Reebok brand!

After admiring the decor, we were treated to some breakfast, and later lunch.


Then we entered the main hall, where we could browse the apparel and accessories for the various categories of fitnes…

Fill up on Protein

Have you ever made yourself or ordered a giant salad, jam-packed with more vegetables than you can count?   (No? Just me, then? ;) )

Were you satisfied after?  Or were you soon looking around for something else to eat?  The fiber and water in these types of meals often fill me up immediately, but then leave me hungry and grazing just two or three hours later.  Have you experienced this, too?

This is why I started seeking out protein at every meal.  Protein tells your brain you are full, and keeps you full.  Protein also tells your body to make and retain muscle and other lean tissue, because it's made up of the amino acids your body needs to repair itself.  This is why protein consumption is often recommended for after a workout.

Other benefits?  Higher protein consumption is also linked with lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Of course, you can increase your protein intake by eating animal sources like fish, meat, and eggs.  Vegetarian or vegan?  Try these meat-f…

Discover! Outdoor Adventures

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I've dared you to go outside.  I've dared you to walk.  I've dared you to run.

Today, I combine all three.


As the weather gets warmer, I've now spent infinitely more time outdoors, taking advantage of every sunny, rain-free day to walk.  Cars? Subways? Buses?  No thank you!  Save your money and move those legs!  Whether you're simply trying to get from Point A to Point B, or you have a mere five, ten, or thirty minutes to spare, I dare you to walk or jog.

Make it an adventure.  Explore!  Do not map out your route.  Ditch your Garmin.  Just go where your legs, the street lights, your gut takes you.  Not only will you benefit from the fresh air and sunlight, but you may also even discover something new!  How much do you really explore your area?  When you're driving around, do you get to appreciate the nature surrounding your home?  Might there be hidden gems you've yet to uncover?


During the beautiful weather of the past couple weekends, I made my way outdoors…